Capitalizing on Equity Through People
Carol Ammon, Charirman of the Board, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.
February 14, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
The luncheon keynote of the conference will feature Carol Ammon, chairwoman of the board and founder of Endo Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused in pain management and complementary therapies, which Carol built from a $300 million to a $4 billion company. The keynote will focus on principles of leadership throughout Ms. Ammon's career and her exciting journey from scientist to the business side of pharmaceuticals and her transition from corporate executive to successful entrepreneur.
Track Information: Mix and Match between Biosciences, Business Toolkit, Career and Professional Development, and Technology Trends and Innovations
Biosciences: An Industry in Transition
Adriana Vela, Founder/Chair, NanoTecNexus
Lorna Speid, Ph.D., President, Speid & Associates, Inc
John Rodenrys, CEO and Senior Managing Director, Leading Ventures
Frederick Cahn, Ph.D., CEO, BioMedical Strategies
February 14, 10:45 am - 11:45 am
The workshop features three key issues facing life science companies today - the emergence of nanotechnology, increasing health care costs, and the changing regulatory environment. Each topic covered addresses the challenges and how to overcome them in order for life sciences companies to successfully transition to where the industry is going. The feature panelists present their vision, as well as their belief as to where they see the current and future business trends.
Featuring a President or CEO from each of the three major lifescience sectors--diagnostics, devices, pharmaceuticals, or genomics - giving an overview of the process they went through to start their company, with a focus on how they determined the amount of funding they needed to get the business started and why they chose the funding path they did. Each speaker includes the "pluses" and "minuses" to their decision - what they did right and what might have been done differently.
Featuring a panel of speakers representing each of the major life sciences sectors, each speaker discusses how products move from a concept into revenue generating products. Discussion points include: 1) product prioritization--what groups within the company are involved in the decision making process, 2) commercialization paths - how to choose the right one for successful revenue generation.
The workshop features business development professionals from each of the major life sciences sectors, the panel discussion points include: 1) how to successfully approach partnering 2) the why, who, and benefits. Panelists will present several examples of the process--both successful and not so successful partnership. Key discussion points covered are what pitfalls to avoid, what issues can surface to sabotage a partnership, and what needs to happen after the deal is signed.
Doing Business in China: The Landscape of Opportunity
Joan Ziegler, CEO, Privasys, Inc
Edward Leonard, President, EJL Associates
Jack Florio, WITI San Diego Leadership Council
Esq., Dr. Peng Chen, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
February 14, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Many U.S. based companies are expanding into foreign waters, outsourcing their manufacturing, etc. to countries abroad. China has evolved into the fastest growing market for U.S. outsourcing in years. Subtopics include: 1) what drives companies to do business in China? 2) Overview of general business environment, trends, developments, opportunities and challenges; 3) Mergers, acquisitions and investment opportunities; 4) technology transactions (licensing, etc); 5) Intellectual property issues; 6) etc.
Joey Tamer and Natalie Petouhoff ("Dr. Nat") will reveal the inside secrets of the exciting world of consulting. This session will explore how to start, grow and succeed in building your own consulting firm - needed capital, networking and marketing, closing clients and contracts, getting paid, and handling time, isolation and balance with the rest of your life. And if you are not sure you are ready to start your own company, but think you have what it takes to guide companies to success, this session will also show you how to enter, fast track and succeed in working inside a large consulting firm, including how to carve out a niche "firm within a firm" of your own inside a larger company.
Joey Tamer and a panel of investors, angels and venture capitalists will present the world of capital for business owners. This session will explore the kinds of capital available, when to seek and accept capital at various stages of a company's development, what an investor looks for in a potential company, and what current investment rounds and terms look like today.
Have you wondered how companies "cash-in" on their brand names and turn them into continuous sources of revenue? Have you heard about trademark licensing, but aren't sure what it is or how to do it? Are you looking for ways to increase yourcompany's total valuation? Learn the answers to these and other strategic business questions, while
Career and Professional Development
Sharing Wisdom: Stories of Successful Women Entrepreneurs
Linda Pinney, Founder & Chief Business Officer, Asteres, Inc.
Ellen Morgan, CEO, Synteract, Inc.
Catherine Massey, Co-Founder, Chairman, LawDocsXpress
February 14, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
What are the keys to success for women entrepreneurs? Come and learn from a panel of experts, a diverse group of women entrepreneurs from a variety of industries including clinical research, bioscience, and legal outsourcing. Learn about the challenges and obstacles they faced and how they built their businesses from the ground up.
Business via the Internet, VOIP, WIFI, and other new technologies, outsourcing, manufacturing in third world countries, the growth of China’s economic muscle – all of these global factors and more are changing the face of employment. What does this mean in terms of education, job growth, work environment, and strategically your next career move? Come and learn from a panel of experts as they discuss technology, bioscience, and other key industries.
Utilizing diversity in the workplace to help successfully grow your company is an issue being discussed in many forums today. What makes diversity work internally? How are companies finding the right candidates for their companies? After finding them, how do they retain the good employees? What specific issues are important to women in the workplace and how are companies addressing these issues?
Are you committed to exploring all possibilities for yourself? Come learn how other women from a variety of industries including bioscience and not-for-profit have reinvented themselves and found the courage to pursue their dreams. Their stories will stimulate some ideas, answer your questions, and inspire you as well!
Technology Trends and Innovations
Beyond the Office: Extending the Workplace
Doug Wolfgram, CEO/, PresenterNet
Joyce Schwarz, Author, Analyst, Consultant, JCOM
Ani Kortikar, Founder and CEO, Netramind
Connie Koch, Vice President, Keiretsu Forum San Diego and Orange County Chapter
February 14, 10:45 am - 11:45 am
Telecommuting, Telework, Flexiplace workspace, satellite offices and an international workforce are just some of the trends extending the workplace beyond the office. Back in 1997, 12 million people in the US worked from home at least one day a month; by August 2005 more than 45 million worked from home at least one day a month. For millions of others the workplace extends far beyond the office with Wi-Fi, wireless devices and web-based teleconferencing, helping them cut the cord and still stay connected to headquarters from satellite locations around the world. For many, the new flexible work environments are a boon offering more personal freedom and empowering self-starters to maximum potential. For others, the trends bring challenges including less 'office' camaraderie, 24/7 work interruptions and a race to stay ahead with the latest technology. The panel will look at methods developed to extend the office place without the madness of dawn to dawn work in a day that never ends worldwide. Both entrepreneur startup companies and industry heavyweights continue to develop new technologies to extend the workplace. Is the investment worthwhile?
The security sector is one of the fastest growing segments in today's marketplace, as a result of the commitments the U.S. has abroad and domestically. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) addresses issues of national security, as well as being charged with issues of domestic crisis (Hurricane Katrina being a recent example). With one of the largest budgets ever committed, what are the issues and challenges facing DHS today? Is the department effectively handling the charter it was given? What new technologies are being funded and developed as a result?
Whether an individual, a business or a large organization, being seen in the search engine marketplace counts for everything. Like any valuable tool, you must know and understand what you are working with, to make it work for you. Search engines and online marketing can be baffling, confusing and worst of all, once you figure it all out it changes again. This session is a panel of selected professionals from the search engine technology side, the successful marketing side and the non-profit side who have made search engine marketing work for their organizations and clients not the other way around. Providing helpful information, trends and tips to grasp the largest source of traffic in the online marketing world, this session should prove to be valuable take-away information you can put to use and increase your prominence on the Internet.
The focus of the workshop is to discuss the new technologies and marketing methods that have evolved in the marketplace in recent years. In general, the traditional marketing methods and media distribution are now being replaced by those that are used by a younger generation of professionals, the "Millenials". By 2010, this generation (the eldest of this generation born between 1980 and 2000) will outnumber both baby boomers and Gen-X'ers among those 18-49 - the crucial consumers for all kinds of businesses, from automakers and clothing companies to Hollywood, record labels and the news media. Advertisers and media and technology companies, mindful that young consumers have migrated away from the traditional carriers of their messages, have begun to find new ways to reach them, including: podcasting, blogging, media content delivery, and more. Additionally, social networks have become the method of choice for professionals of all ages to market themselves, and to maintain personal networks, i.e. companies such as LinkedIn, MySpace.com, etc.
Taste of Technology Reception
February 13, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Women's Leadership Session
A Calling for Great Leadership: Targeted Solutions and Best Practices
Susan Lucas-Conwell, CEO, SD Forum
February 13, 3:30 pm - 5:15 pm
In today's world, being a great leader is about being a great integrator. We can talk about the glass ceiling, and we can talk about the sticky floor- but at the end of the day, whatever the organizational obstacles or individual weaknesses are that potentially hinder success, the relationships are what count. This session will focus on how to achieve your self-defined professional goals by building the strategic relationships critical to achieving your goals.
Don't drive the career highway alone, bring a mentor who can offer direction to navigate the on ramps and off ramps of life over the course of your career. Mentors teach, and challenge and create opportunities for new perspective, but how do you find one? How do you use one? What do you look for? Learn how to put a mentor to work for you in this experiential workshop offered by MENTTIUM , the premiere provider of mentoring solutions. Learn the power of connections as you chart your career course.
Last year, I sat in a leading investment bank, talking to their senior women. They were all high achievers - otherwise they wouldn't have been there. They were all ambitious, determined and hard working. But they were also downcast and disheartened. They simply had no idea how good they were. The biggest hurdle women face is not that they don't have the skills required for success -- but that they don't believe theirs are the right skills. So what do you need to succeed in the current business environment? Do you have the talent - and do you value it?
Globalization, sophisticated technologies, downsizing, outsourcing, astounding productivity expectations and the retirement wave are just some of the changes and trends profoundly impacting work as we know it. In this session we will answer questions such as: How do you capitalize on the global supply chain? How do you successfully lead? How do you and others in your company develop the highest value career, skill-set and mindset for the global economy?
The human voice has the extraordinary power to communicate ideas, inspiration and intention. Voices of women are increasingly being heard around the world as they speak out on behalf of inequity, unfair politics and injustice. Join Jenni Prisk to develop the blueprint for your ideas to be voiced in appropriate arenas; to understand that you can inspire and motivate through your values and principles; how to direct your intentions to a leadership level.
And more to be announced soon!
Session program subject to change