EPPIC was founded on March 4, 1998, by a group of Silicon Valley life science professionals who shared both a passion for their industry and a common heritage from the Indian subcontinent. EPPIC's mission is to promote networking, entrepreneurship and mentoring for life science professionals, create US-India life science synergy, and be a resource for industry and academia.
EPPIC is an entirely volunteer-driven non-profit organization run by individuals passionate about making a difference. EPPIC has a number of illustrious scientists and industry leaders as active members who are in synch with the latest ideas, trends, needs and drive the organization’s mission. It is noteworthy that in the past 15 years EPPIC has organized over 50 quarterly networking events and seven annual conferences for the benefit of the life science community, not to mention the numerous start ups and longstanding mentoring relationships that have blossomed out of EPPIC meetings. EPPIC events have attracted sponsorships from well-regarded industry leaders and corporate houses. Industry leaders have endorsed EPPIC events for rich and meaningful science and engineering content and the valuable networking opportunities that EPPIC events create. EPPIC membership is open to all professionals interested in all sectors and functions in the life science industry.
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EPPICon 2014 - EPPIC Annual Conference
Interdisciplinary Innovations in Life Sciences
When: Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8:00am - 7:30pm
Where: Westin SFO Airport, 1 Old Bayshore Highway, Millbrae, California 94030
Registration: To register for EPPICon 2014, click here
EPPICon 2014 Agenda
8.00 - 9.00 am
Registration and Breakfast
9.00 - 9.15 am
Welcome:Ravi Mistry, EPPIC President & EPPICon 2014 Co-Chair
9.15 - 9.45 am
Plenary Session: Breakthrough Ventures - Examples and Insights
Meredith Buxton, Director-I SPY2 Program, UC San Francisco
Dr. Susan Jerian, President, ONCORD Leanne Madre, Director-Strategy, Clin Trials Transformation Initiative Dr. Corsee Sanders, SVP-Biometrics, Genentech-Roche
With advances in research coupled with surmounting cost of clinical trials and long timelines for traditional drug development, collaborative clinical development has become an avenue to bring novel agents to the market. Novel ways to collaborate on drug development are either already under way or being actively considered in many therapeutic areas, even among competitors. This panel will discuss the advancements made in innovative clinical development (including innovative clinical trial designs, open sourcing initiatives by Big Pharma, policy changes to improve clinical trial designs and sustainability of new therapies in the payer market), challenges encountered and areas of further improvement.
10.45 - 11.45 am
Panel: Rare and Neglected Diseases - Products, Profits and Philanthropy
Moderator: Dr. Roopa Ramamoorthi, Assoc Director, BioVentures for Global Health
Neglected Tropical Diseases, Tuberculosis and Malaria affect more than 1.4 Billion people around the world, often the most vulnerable populations without access to clean water, basic sanitation and healthcare. In the United States rare diseases are defined as those that affect fewer than 200,000 people. The panel will involve a lively discussion of how companies and researchers can engage and bring forward cures for these diseases and the role philanthropy and profits play in creating incentives and imposing barriers to bring needed products to these populations.
Dr. Srini Akkaraju, General Partner, Sofinnova Ventures
Farah Champsi, Managing Director, Alta Partners
Dr. Bhaskar Chaudhuri, Operating Partner, Frazier Healthcare
Rishi Gupta, Private Equity Partner, OrbiMed Advisors
Entrepreneurs in early stage companies in the life sciences are invited to give a five-minute pitch about their idea, technology, and company. They will present to the entire audience, obtain quick feedback from a distinguished VC panel and get exposure to potential collaborators and partners.
Dr. Reuven Duer, Founder & CSO, PLC Diagnostics
Terry Fetterhoff, Sr Director-Tech Management, Roche Diagnostics
Harry Glorikian, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Scientia Advisors
Dr. Rob Monroe, VP-Lab Operations & Med Director, Veracyte
Dr. Ajit Singh, Managing Dir & General Partner, Artiman Ventures
Marketing pundits and industry analysts are projecting the POC market to cross $12B by 2016. Driven by innovation in science and technology, a global paradigm shift from traditional centralized reference lab model to a distributed POC near patient testing has been predicted. With over $200M in funding over 60+ companies are chasing this gold rush with the hope of changing the world. Is it a fad or a reality? Who will succeed in this quest? Come and join this exciting panel discussion/debate of thought leaders presenting perspectives of industry, investors, large IVD companies, central laboratories and young startups.
Registration: To register for EPPICon 2014, click here
Early Bird Registration: $100 (ends on March 17th 2014, 11:55 pm)
Advance Registration: $125 (March 18th to March 28th, 11:55 pm)
Onsite Registration: $150
EPPIC Charter Members/Sponsors/Event Speakers: Complimentary
Technologies and Processes Empowering Biotherapeutic Production
When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Where: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosatti, 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304
Biotherapeutic drug development continues to be a rapidly growing field. A large number of these drugs, like monoclonal antibodies, have been approved for treatment of patients with cancer, inflammatory disease and multiple rare diseases due to their highly targeted and specific nature. Researchers are in constant need of novel and unique technologies that allow them to develop biotherapeutics faster in order to accelerate their drugs into the clinic. However regulatory demands continue to be high and robust and reproducible processes are required to meet them.
Join us for a panel discussion on current technologies related to various mammalian expression systems, process optimization methods, downstream purification technologies, large scale manufacturing and various analytical tools to support the development of these drugs.
When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 6:00 - 8:30 pm Where: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosatti, 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304
This event is complimentary for all attendees (including EPPIC Members and Non-members, Charter Members, Sponsors and Students).
Please note: Online registration ends at 11:55 pm on March 3 and is limited to 50 attendees. Onsite registration will not be available for this event.
Please visit www.eppicglobal.org to learn more about the event and EPPIC.
Registration: To register for this event, click here
On behalf EPPIC Board,
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ravi Mistry as a President-elect (2013) and as a President for 2014-2015 term.
And the election of two new Board members: Mohan Uttarwar (CEO, Oncomdx and former founder and Chariman of BioImagene) and Pradeep Fernandes (Co-founder and President, CellWorks Group).
In order to bring operational excellence to EPPIC and with an objective to take it to next level, EPPIC Board has created a new position, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and we are pleased announce that Chitra Sharma is elected to serve in this role for 2014-2015 term.
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Previous Annual Events »
2013: EPPIC Annual Conference 2013, Sunday, January 6, 2013 - New Frontiers in Health Care Sciences [more...]
2012: EPPIC Annual Conference 2012, Sunday, January 8, 2012 - Leveraging Emerging Markets and Technologies in Life Sciences[more...]
2011: EPPIC Annual Conference 2011, Sunday, January 9, 2011 - Partnering Paradigms for Life Sciences [more...]
2010: EPPIC Annual Conference 2010, Sunday, January 10, 2010 - Emerging Trends and Opportunities in Life Sciences [more...]
2009: EPPIC Annual Conference 2009, Sunday, January 11, 2009 - A Passage to Innovation in the Life Sciences [more...]
2008: EPPIC's Biennial Symposium, January 12, 2008 - Life Sciences Business in India- The Next Steps
Interactive Symposium focussed on: Innovative R & D and Follow-on Biologics
The event was a grand success and attracted participants from different continents.
EPPIC Symposium - 2005,
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