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Event Highlights


Here's Where the Festival Really Gets Going

This community-focused program gives access to the issues and people that make life-sciences one of the most exciting industries to be in. Covering a broad swath of topics, and including entry to the Battle of the Biotech Bands you won't want to miss a moment.

EBD Start-Up Pitch Competition

Tuesday, September 26

Now part of Biotech Week Boston 2017, the EBD Start-Up Pitch Competition is where to go to identify cutting-edge, licensable pharma and biotech innovations to leapfrog you ahead of the competition! Engage with top-tier venture capitalists, pharma, private equity investors, and start-ups for maximum partnering opportunities.

*Both BWB Festival Pass and PassPLUS provide access to just the Start-Up Pitch Competition at BioPharm America. 


Tuesday, September 26 

With the help of the stellar panel of judges below, Xconomy will honor the people, companies, and organizations that make the Boston life sciences community one of the most vibrant innovation centers in the world.

  • Phil Sharp, Nobel Laureate; Institute Professor, MIT
  • Deborah Dunsire, CEO, XTuit Pharmaceuticals
  • Bob Langer, Institute Professor, MIT
  • Vicki Sato, Professor, Harvard University
  • Rob Perez, Founder and Chairman, Life Science Cares
  • Katrine Bosley, CEO, Editas Medicine
  • Susan Windham-Bannister, President and CEO, Biomedical Growth Strategies

*Separate registration required for the Xconomy Awards or purchase a Festival PassPLUS.


Wednesday, September 27

A community-driven, networking event with fundraising efforts supporting the charitable foundation affiliated with each biotech band. Already in its fourth year, the Battle of the Biotech Bands is a unique and fun experience now open to both BPI and BWB attendees.

*Limited number of spaces available. Please reserve your space when you register.

Technology Workshops

Tuesday, September 27th - 12:05 pm

Control Glycosylation and its Functional Impact on Therapeutic Antibody

Jessie Ni, Ph.D., CSO, Irvine Scientific

Achieving Quality at Speed: Technological Advancements for High Throughput Process Development and Their Implications on Data Quality

Jarrod Medeiros, Product Manager, IDBS, Inc.

Tuesday, September 27th - 12:05 pm

Outsourcing Process Development in the Bid to Bring Rare Therapies to Clinic Faster

Alex Tracy, Ph.D., Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development, Roivant Sciences

Yes, You Can Run >300 Glycan Samples Yourself Per Day

Mark Lies, Ph.D., Senior Product Manager, SCIEX

Thursday, September 28th - 9:50 am

Bioseparation Media by Mitsubishi Chemical

Mayumi Kiyono-Shimobe, Ph.D., Business Development Manager, Separation Materials Department, Mitsubishi Chemical America, Inc.

Thirty Yeras of mAbs and Protein A: A Retrospective Look at 30 Years of Synergies

Geoff Hale, Ph.D., Director, Absolute Antibody, Ltd.