Boston is one of the most historically rich cities in America. From the Puritans and Massachusetts Bay Colony to Samuel Adams and the Boston Tea Party, and even Paul Revere’s famous ride, it’s a city with a fascinating story behind almost every corner and alleyway. Fast forward to today and it’s also home to some of the greatest biotech conferences in the world, with one of them being EBD Group’s highly-acclaimed BioPharm America.
BioPharm America attracts 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 organized by EBD Group and will be held during September 11th - 12th, 2019 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), as part of the Biotech Week Boston event.
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 life science dealmaking. They specialize in bringing people together, whether face-to-face at one of their leading global life science partnering events, such as BioPharm America. 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 detail below.
For such large scale events, 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 Boston:
Know the area and activities
The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is another massive facility, with its 516,000 square feet of contiguous exhibition space, it’s considered one of the largest exhibition centers in the Northeastern United States. EBD Group has also reserved room blocks at 2 nearby hotels, all very close walking distance to the Convention Center, including The Westin Boston Waterfront and Aloft Boston Seaport District hotels.
The BioPharm America 2019 conference brings superior value to the table and provides unique access to global decision-makers in an elevated format that highlights innovation. Meet face-to-face with biotech and pharma executives from around the world to strategically gain business relationships and potential investments. The event format focuses on innovation from every aspect of drug development and promotes new business relationships for startups, midsize and even large companies. If you are a biotech startup looking for new business partners or potential capital, this is one of the best conferences to attend this year.
There are a ton of features that you will have access to during the 3-day event, including:
- Two full days of valuable interactions and activities.
- Full access to the conference’s partnering tool, powered by partneringONE® platform for one-on-one meetings and interactive sessions.
- Access to Biotech Week Boston parties and informal networking opportunities.
- The Xcelerate Startup pitch competition gives companies a chance to present in front of high-level investors for prizes and peer recognition.
- Multiple key biotech and pharma leaders will discuss the latest industry trends in workshops and panels, as well as multiple Xcelerate Keynote presentations by high-level industry experts in oncology, gene therapy, translational medicine and more.
Identify the right companies to meet
BioPharm America is now part of Biotech Week Boston, and together they draw a total of over 4,500 life science leaders, scientists, and innovators. This particular conference attracts a wide range of business leaders, so if you’re looking to meet with biotech startup companies, this is one of the best conferences to do so. By engaging with high-caliber strategic partners and investors, you and your team will surely have a good chance to advance your startup company or large company research project.
There are more than a few different ways to meet with companies at BioPharm America. Besides the normal activities of visiting exhibition booths and meetings, you can also attend the Xcelerate Startup Pitch competition session during the conference, to collaborate with like-minded companies. The competition will have a panel of judges comprised of top-tier venture capitalists, pharma representation and private equity members, with the ability to access capital from these potential partners after the competition. Qualifying startup companies are invited to pitch their company using no more than four slides and four minutes. The seasoned panel of judges will determine the winner by the quality and effectiveness of the pitch. For more information on the Xcelerate Startup Pitch competition please visit the webpage linked here.
One of the best ways to utilize your time at BioPharm America 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 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
September 10th will kick off the conference with open registration, followed by an introductory networking event with drinks. Don’t pass up this initial meeting if possible because there will be many opportunities to network without the hustle and bustle of normal conference activities. September 11th and 12th will be the main portion of the conference, including keynote speeches, networking sessions, and workshops. For a complete listing of the keynote speakers, plenary speech topics, networking sessions, one-on-one meetings, and special programs, please visit the conference webpage with a downloadable agenda here.
One of the best ways to increase your company’s visibility and generate interest among the BD executives at the conference is to provide a company presentation and put your licensable asset on the opportunity map. With the ability to provide 10-minute presentations with Powerpoint slides, this event lets you market your company to top-tier VCs, pharma and private equity investors, and frame your global strategy with other companies from over 30 different countries. Check out the complete list of last year’s presenters here.
Wear comfortable footwear
This point is really worth mentioning, and since exploring this facility 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 BioPharm America 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!