Biotech Showcase 2020


Written by:
David Wilkerson

Even though San Francisco measures less than 50 square miles and has a population well under one million, it still ranks as one of the greatest cities in the world. Famous for Victorian architecture, cable cars lining the streets, dynamic diversity around every corner, a beautiful waterfront, and a soaring crimson bridge, the “City by the Bay” truly has it all for your exploring heart. Trend-defining cuisine ranging from Michelin-starred restaurants and other fine dining to eye-catching food trucks, world-renowned symphony orchestras, plus a multitude of outdoor adventures, San Francisco justifiably stands out as a world-class city that should be on every traveler’s wish list. It’s also home to one of the best biotech conferences this year, called Biotech Showcase 2020.   

Biotech Showcase 2020 will attract a wide range of business leaders, including top-tier executives from major biotech companies, business development teams from various pharmaceutical companies, notable investors and other industry experts. The conference is co-organized by EBD Group and Demy Colton, and will be held at the Hilton Parc55 Hotel & Venue in San Francisco, California. With more than $400 billion in capital represented, Biotech Showcase, January 13–15, 2020, is one of the industry’s leading investor conferences expecting more than 3,700 attendees, 2,200 companies, and over 1,000 investors.  

EBD Group is a leading partnering firm for the global life science industry, with its main mission to facilitate the critical, strategic connections that drive biotech dealmaking. They specialize in bringing people together, whether face-to-face, or at one of their leading global life science partnering events, such as Biotech Showcase. EBD Group has also equipped its partneringONE® platform for the event, which is a valuable tool that enables all teams to search and set up business meetings before attending the conference and will be explained in more detail below. In the past there has always been great interest in conferences organized by EBD Group and tickets are always limited, so be sure to register your team as soon as possible. As an added benefit your registration also includes access to Digital Medicine & Medtech Showcase as well as the SEED Showcase, a new program component for startups, taking place on Wednesday, January 15.  

For events such as Biotech Showcase, it can quickly become overwhelming for a team of company attendees, particularly if limited in size. With so much potential ground to cover, making the most of your time and investment is key, so we’ve put a few tips together for planning out your time in San Francisco:

Know the area and activities 

With more than 30,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space and a buzzing atmosphere, the Hilton Parc 55 San Francisco venue is the perfect place for business meetings and social events in downtown San Francisco. There is also a large cluster of hotels in the surrounding area, and to save on travel costs, the Zymewire team has prepared a short list of other hotels within close proximity to the event. If you plan on attending the conference, book your hotel as soon as possible for the best rates. The Hilton Parc55 will most likely be sold out for this popular event, so be sure to check out some of these hotels for alternative accommodations that are within walking distance to the event: The Westin St. Francis, InterContinental San Francisco, Hotel Nikko San Francisco.

Biotech Showcase 2020 is an investor conference that drives the future of drug development, and is devoted to providing private and public biotechnology and life sciences companies with an opportunity to present to, and meet with, investors and pharmaceutical executives all in one place during the course of one of the industry's largest annual healthcare investor conferences, JPM 2020. Investors and biopharmaceutical executives from around the world gather in San Francisco during this important week which sets the tone for the coming year. Now in its twelfth year, this rapidly growing conference features multiple levels of presenting companies, plenary sessions, workshops, networking, and endless opportunities to schedule one-on-one meetings. In addition to biopharmaceutical and life science company executives, Biotech Showcase attendees include investors in private and public companies, sector analysts, bankers and industry professionals. 

There will be a multitude of features to access during the 3-day event, including:

  • 3,700+ attendees
  • 400+ company presentations
  • 1,000+ investors
  • 7,800+ one-on-one meetings
  • 2,200+ companies
  • 50+ countries 

Identify the right companies to meet

There will be dozens of ways to interact and engage with companies at Biotech Showcase 2020. In addition to speaker sessions and catching meetings, you will be able to attend multiple interactive and informative functions throughout the conference. After some one-on-one meetings, you will have the opportunity to walk around the conference and network with hundreds of service providers and other investors in your part of the industry. Another quick way to prepare for the conference is to explore the list of sponsors and exhibitors. There will also be some great opportunities to network with colleagues from over 50 countries during the daily networking sessions. 

One of the best ways to utilize your time at Biotech Showcase 2020 is to leverage the partneringONE® platform for one-to-one meetings with prospective customers and potential business partners. Collaborating on your next big breakthrough or initiating a critical relationship can be a manageable process with partneringONE®. The process begins weeks ahead of face-to-face meetings with the objective of closing the deal when you meet onsite. Spend less time scrambling to manage information ahead of the conference and more time pinpointing ideal prospects. Let the system schedule a time and place for all of your accepted meeting requests.

Once your team registers and enters your products, technologies and/or services online, others will be able to view your profile and evaluate meeting requests, with the ability to accept or decline meeting requests. By using the platform’s advanced search capabilities for identifying opportunities, you will also be able to send requests for the one-to-one meetings. After tailoring your meeting requests, partneringONE® then generates your schedule and reserves meeting locations based on your availability, taking the guessing game and lost time of frivolous meetings out of the equation during the show. To learn more about EBD Group’s PartneringONE® platform you can visit their webpage and download the quick-start guide here.  

Find out who’s going

With over 75 speakers listed to present this year, you and your team are bound to learn about new opportunities and technologies from every facet of the biotech investment landscape. From learning about the value of RNA medicines to preparing for the 2020 Mega A-rounds, mega IPOs, and consolidation activities in the biotech industry, there will be plenty of opportunities to gain scientific and investment knowledge in the field. Be sure to check out the full agenda below or to learn more about each of the speakers visit the full speaker list web page. 

This networking-driven conference will offer attendees opportunities to develop lucrative investment strategies that they can implement to optimize their unique drug development programs and overall goals. For a complete listing of the speaker presentations, workshops, discussion panels, networking sessions, one-on-one meeting opportunities, and special programs, please visit the full conference agenda webpage here.

Wear comfortable footwear 

This point is really worth mentioning, and since exploring this venue can be such a huge endeavor, please make sure to wear your most comfortable footwear in order to avoid any sore feet after the show. You’ll want to be at peak endurance during the event, so be sure to drink plenty of water, and don’t miss out on any important exhibits, sessions, and most of all, meetings! 

Meet up with Zymewire

While we may not be attending Biotech Showcase this year, we’d still like to hear from you! Let us know about your experiences, and how your company preps for events to maximize ROI. If you would like to learn more about how teams at service providers around the world are getting more face to face meetings with the right prospects, reach out for a demo today!

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