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Bio Connections Australia

Translation | Commercialising Great Science | Partnering for Growth

29 July 2024 | Crown Promenade Melbourne

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The 7th Annual Bio Connections Australia will return to Melbourne in 29th July 2024 in the Crown Promenade Melbourne.

Bio Connections Australia is an annual event for the biotech industry which provides a unique platform for networking, discussion and thought leadership. The conference focuses on translating medical research into commercialisation, drug discovery and development, early phase clinical trials and expediting Australia’s great science into commercialisation.

Bringing together key industry stakeholders from across the ecosystem: biotech’s (both domestic and international), pharma, med tech’s, VC’s, and other investors, regulators, government, MRI’s, CRO’s, trial sites, universities and clinical trial networks. This 1 day event is a highlight on the ecosystems calendar ensuring ample Q&A, networking and talks from industry leaders.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Investing for Impact
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Partnerships
  • Trailblazing Success for Australian Biotech’s
  • Setting Up a Special Purpose Vehicle and Why?
  • How do we get the Best Support from Government?
  • Clinical Innovations in Clinical Trial Recruitment
  • Why Almost all Clinical Trials Will Occur in the AI World
  • The Key to a Successful Capital Raise & Non-Dilutive Funding
  • Achieving Scale in Worlds Best Practice in Development in the Next 5-10 years: What Would This Take?
  • Navigating the Pathway to Success

2024 Speakers

Dr Nina Webster

CEO & MD, Dimerix Limited

The Hon Gabrielle Upton FAICD

former NSW Government Minister, Board Member, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience

Dr Steven Gourlay

CEO and Managing Director, Actinogen

James Graham

CEO, Recce Pharmaceuticals

A/Prof Tina Soulis

Founder & Director, Alithia Life Sciences

Associate Professor Tam C. Nguyen

Deputy Director Research, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, IC, H3Healthcare

Saurabh Jain

CEO, TrialKey

Dr Felicia Pradera

Head – Health Security Systems Australia, DMTC Limited

Nick Rich

Regional Director Business Development, Novotech

Dr Anand Gautam

Founder, G2OME Consulting

Dr Ingmar Wahlqvist

Senior Investment Manager, Brandon Capital

Sarah Meibusch

Partner, OneVentures

David Hoey

CEO, Vaxxas

Dr Craig Rayner

Director, Moderna's Regional Research Centre for Respiratory Medicines and Tropical Diseases

Dr Amanda Buttery

Director, Integrated Evidence, Medical Affairs, Moderna

Emerald Scofield

Associate, Main Sequence Ventures

Dr Kathy Nielsen

CEO, BioCurate

Dr Rita Choueiri

Partner, R&D Tax and Government Incentives National Director, Life Sciences, RSM Australia

Professor Evelin Tiralongo

Director Clinical Trial Unit, Griffith University

Dr Megan Baldwin

Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Opthea

Ben Constable

Managing Director Australia, Lumira Ventures

A/Professor Ben Tran

Medical Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Andrew Stewart

CEO, Endpoints Capital

Damon Rasheed

CTO & Executive Director, TrialKey

Craig Rogers

Director – SABRE Alliance, Defence Science & Technology Group, Department of Defence

Dr Amanda Caples

Victoria’s Lead Scientist

Dr Daniel Getts

CEO & Co-Founder, Myeloid Therapeutics

Dr Phil Kearney

CEO, Axelia Oncology

The Hon Jaala Pulford

Chair, MTPConnect, Victorian Minister for Medical Research and Innovation (2020-2022)

Agenda

7:30 am

Registration & Morning Coffee

8:00 am

DAY ONE OPENING

8:05 am

What are you looking for in a partner? This session will include a series of short presentations followed by a breakout to more intimate roundtable discussions.

Each briefing will showcase a variety of specialist organizations enabling biotech’s to equip themselves with the right information to make informed decisions and maximize the benefits of their partnerships with CROs and beyond.

The roundtables will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers about these services and explore opportunities for partnership.

Some of the areas we may cover in these briefings include:

  • Recruitment – new and innovative models, how do you access them?
  • Taking control of your clinical data
  • What are some of the pre-clinical program considerations to support a successful clinical trial?
  • Identifying clinical trial supply challenges in the early stage of trial design
  • Product eligibility for international pathways, are we ready?
  • Reducing start-up times, and how to position product/project to end customer.
  • How do you develop an effective safety & and efficacy program through a rigorous nonclinical strategy?

9:00 am

Opening Remarks From the Chair

Dr Kathy Nielsen, CEO, BioCurate

9:10 am

OPENING KEYNOTE | Trailblazing Success for Australian Biotech’s

Dr Nina Webster, CEO & MD, Dimerix Limited

9:45 am

  • mRNA Facility Sydney
  • Collaboration with NSW Government
  • Running clinical trials in Australia

10:15 am

  • Update of investment scene in Australia
  • Are we seeing an increase in proposals?
  • What are we looking for in current investments?
  • How should biotech companies position themselves?
  • International comparison

10:45 am

Networking Break & Morning Tea

12:55 pm

Why Almost all Clinical Trials Will Occur in the AI World

Saurabh Jain, CEO, TrialKey

1:15 pm

Networking Lunch

2:15 pm

Afternoon Remarks From the Chair

Associate Professor Tam C. Nguyen, Deputy Director Research, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, IC, H3Healthcare

2:16 pm

  • What are investors/biotech’s looking out for in a capital raise
  • Current non-dilutive landscape, and how to navigate
  • Accessing R&D advances – what you need to know
  • Current landscape, learnings, and takeaways

3:30 pm

Networking Break & Afternoon Tea

4:00 pm

KEYNOTE | Building a First-Class Manufacturing Facility in NSW

4:30 pm

  • Reflection on success, commercialisation, and regulation
  • Journey – how would you do that differently now?
  • What is the definition of success?

5:15 pm

Closing Remarks from Chair

5:20 pm

Networking Drinks

7:00 pm

Bio Connections Networking Dinner

Sponsors

exhibitors

Partners

Pricing

Packages Price
One Day Conference$1795+GST
Extras Price
Dinner $200+GST
Streamly Access Pass $150+GST
Packages Price
One Day Conference$250+GST
Extras Price
Dinner $200+GST
Streamly Access Pass $150+GST

The discounted Biotech rate is available for start-up and SME Biotechs, pending approval from the event organisers. For more information on eligibility, contact info@informa.com.au

Breakfast Briefing

Getting the most out of your partnerships

What are you looking for in a partner? This session will include a series of short presentations followed by a breakout to more intimate roundtable discussions.

Each briefing will showcase a variety of specialist organizations enabling biotechs to equip themselves with the right information to make informed decisions and maximize the benefits of their partnerships with CROs and beyond.

The roundtables will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers about these services and explore opportunities for partnership.

Some of the areas we may cover in these briefings include:

  • Recruitment – new and innovative models, how do you access them?
  • Taking control of your clinical data
  • What are some of the pre-clinical program considerations to support a successful clinical trial?
  • Identifying clinical trial supply challenges in the early stage of trial design
  • Product eligibility for international pathways, are we ready?
  • Reducing start-up times, and how to position product/project to end customer.
  • How do you develop an effective safety & and efficacy program through a rigorous nonclinical strategy?

Register your interest to join the discussion;

For more information, contact:
Danielle Newman
Senior Business Development Manager
E: danielle.newman@informa.com
T: +61 (2) 9080 4318

Dinner

Bio Connections Australia Networking Dinner

A yearly feature to round out this annual event is the Bio Connections Australia Networking Dinner which provides an additional opportunity to network and continue discussions in a relaxed informal setting. Stay tuned for more details!

Interesting in being the 2024 Bio Connections Australia Networking Dinner Host? Get in touch with Danielle.Newman@informa.com

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Reconnect and re-engage with your industry peers at the Annual Bio Connections Australia Conference.

There are many opportunities for networking including social events such as the annual Bio Connections Networking Dinner, networking drinks, refreshment breaks and lunches, making this not just a conference… but an all-encompassing industry “experience”.

Event sponsorship or exhibiting will allow your organisation to:

  • Build relationships with potential and existing clients
  • Generate leads from a high-level, targeted audience
  • Close sales in a more personal manner than via phone
  • Demonstrate your product in person
  • Network with the industry
  • Build brand awareness

To see what is on offer please contact:

Danielle Newman
Senior Business Development Manager
E: danielle.newman@informa.com
T: +61 (2) 9080 4318

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Bio Connections Australia 2023

ConnectMe + Streamly

ConnectMe • Networking enhanced

All of our events utilise a bespoke dynamic smartphone app, ConnectMe – which guarantees attendees a premium event experience. Logins are sent prior to the conference commencement allowing you to check who’s attending, schedule in meetings and catch ups, participate in live Q+A and interactive polls, and much more. ConnectMe ensures you never miss a beat prior, during and post event.

 

Streamly • On-Demand video vault

Streamly is a new video platform from Informa Connect – hosting hours of session recordings from our events and more. Select the Streamly add-on at the checkout to receive year round access to exclusive On-Demand session recordings from all of our related healthcare events*. Login information will be sent post event.

* Note: In a minority of cases, speakers may request their sessions to be excluded from Streamly access.

Sustainability

Our Commitment to Sustainability

In Australia, we are committed to running our events in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Across Informa Connect we are focusing on the short and long-term sustainability impacts we have on customers and colleagues alongside the communities we work in.

We recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve.

To read more on our latest sustainability reports and Faster Forward initiatives – click here.

Event Code of Conduct

We want everyone who comes to our events to have a great experience. This code explains our expectations and rules, which includes general good practice behaviour, and how to report anything witnessed or experienced that goes against them. Read our Event Code of Conduct here.

when & where

29 Jul 2024

Crown Promenade Melbourne
Power Street Reserve
8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006
+61 (03) 9292 8888

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION RATE
We have secured a special accommodation rate from $255* per room per night, room only, for conference attendees at the Crown Promenade for the nights of the 28-29 July 2024 inclusive.

To book this rate, click here.

* Room availability and rates are subject to availability and valid until 7 days prior to the event, unless sold out prior.
Book early to avoid disappointment.

contact

Still have a question?

General Information & Registration
Customer Service
+61 (0) 2 9080 4307
info@informa.com.au

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities
Danielle Newman
+61 (2) 9080 4318
Danielle.Newman@informa.com

Speaking Enquiries
Katrina Bowns
+61 (2) 9080 4322
katrina.bowns@informa.com.au

Marketing & Media Enquiries
Chris Shorthouse
chris.shorthouse@informa.com

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