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Langer, Yancopoulos & Hockfield to Headline Xcelerate at Biotech Week Boston

Xconomy Boston — 

The life science industry is undergoing unprecedented change, with the recent commercialization of groundbreaking new treatments like gene therapy, the growing adoption of digital technologies, and increasing backlash against high drug prices. How should drug makers, researchers, and the healthcare system adapt?

We have invited an all-star lineup of keynote speakers to share their thoughts on what all this change means for biotech, medicine, and society. They will headline a new 2-day program we’re calling Xcelerate, which will take place September 5 and 6 as part of this year’s Biotech Week Boston at the Hynes Convention Center.

With your Xcelerate pass, you’ll have access to a unique combination of events: keynote talks, a startup pitch competition, an evening cocktail reception, and a party with live music at one of Boston’s downtown nightclubs. You’ll also get to walk the exhibit halls and check out more than 160 vendors and suppliers.

On September 5, famed MIT inventor and startup generator Bob Langer will chat with Lyndra CEO Amy Schulman about what he knows best: how to turn ideas into innovations that matter. (Lyndra is one of Langer’s startups.)

That conversation will segue into the Startup Pitch Competition, hosted by EBD Group (the leading partnering firm for the global life science industry) and Xconomy Insight (the custom content and events arm of Xconomy). You’ll get to watch entrepreneurs pitch their startups to a panel of six judges from leading venture capital and investment firms, including Christine Brennan of MRL Ventures Fund and Carlo Rizzuto of Versant Ventures.

The keynote series, on September 6, will feature:

Alexis Borisy, partner, Third Rock Ventures; chair, National Venture Capital Association

Susan Hockfield, president emerita and professor of neuroscience, MIT

Elizabeth Nabel, president, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

George Yancopoulos, president and chief scientific officer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

You can network with colleagues at a cocktail reception on September 5 at 5:00pm. And unwind at the Biotech Week Boston Festival party, which will feature a headline band, on September 6 in the evening at the Royale nightclub in downtown Boston.

We hope that you can join us. Click here to see the agenda and here to get your ticket.