Law Seminars International Presents: Innovative Strategies for Accelerating the

Commercialization of Life Sciences Inventions
A comprehensive two-day conference on current developments

January 29 & 30, 2009
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel in Phoenix, AZ

Who Should Attend

In-house and private practice attorneys, life sciences researchers, technology transfer professionals, life sciences executives and representatives, consultants, agency and university officials, venture capitalists and investment bankers

Why Attend

Life sciences companies and research institutions continue to look for innovative strategies to accelerate the commercialization of life sciences inventions by expediting the process from discovery, through development, and ultimately to the introduction of products and services into the marketplace.

This year's conference offers valuable guidance about the acceleration of the commercialization process by discussing new strategies that seek to streamline discovery and development challenges, reduce the development burden through multi-party collaborations and patent pools, accelerate the licensing of inventions from academic research institutions, and enhance the overall commercialization potential of products and services. The conference also addresses the proper structuring of start-up life sciences companies to attract adequate capital funding and take advantage of appropriate exit strategies, as well as new approaches to the valuation of intellectual property from the discovery stage to the marketplace.

Our faculty comes from leading life sciences research institutions, venture capital and investment banking firms, philanthropic foundations, law firms, intellectual property valuation companies, and other key industry professions. This faculty will offer insight on the most current developments concerning innovative ways of accelerating the "gap" from discovery and development to commercialization.

Join us for this timely opportunity to learn more about successful commercialization of life sciences inventions.

~Program Co-Chairs: Frank X. Curci, Esq. and Ron G. King, Ph.D., MBA

You Will Learn About


Thursday, January 29, 2009

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Frank X. Curci, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC / Phoenix, AZ

Ron G. King, Ph.D., Program Co-Chair, Vice President, New Ventures & Commercialization
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) / Phoenix, AZ

8:45 am

Accelerating the "Gap" from Discovery to Development to Commercialization

Ways to respond to increased demand for greater acceleration from hypothesis-based research towards product development research and ultimate commercialization

Ron G. King, Ph.D., Program Co-Chair
TGen / Phoenix, AZ

MaryAnn Guerra, President, TGen Accelerators, & Chief Business Officer, Tgen
Tgen / Phoenix, AZ

Richard L. Mitchell, Ph.D., Director of Business Development- Industry Relations & Technology Transfer
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center / Seattle, WA

10:15 am


10:30 am

Valuation of Discoveries from Discovery to Development to Commercialization

Migrating from a "scientific valuation" to a "commercial valuation" during progression from pure discovery to development and commercialization

Ronald J. Epperson, President and CEO
Intellectual Energy LLC / Sedona, AZ

Michael J. Lasinski, Managing Director
Ocean Tomo, LLC / Chicago, IL

Mark G. Edwards, Principal
Deloitte Recap LLC / Walnut Creek, CA

Kevin D. Weber, Principal and Founder
Weber Advantage Consulting, LLC / Scottsdale, AZ

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Consortia and Other Multi-Party Collaborations: Increasingly Important Mechanisms for Accelerating Commercialization

How consortia and other multi-party collaborations are increasingly being used as a tool to accelerate research, development, and ultimate commercialization of inventions and products

MaryAnn Guerra, President, TGen Accelerators & Chief Business Officer, TGen
Tgen / Phoenix, AZ

Curtis D. Malloy, Esq., President
Infectious Disease Research Institute / Seattle, WA

Vicki L. Chandler, Ph.D., Director
BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ

Increased use of consortia to foster collaborations in life sciences industry among academic scientists, private sector biotech companies, and the FDA

Jeffrey Cossman, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer
Critical Path Institute / Rockville, MD

IP issues associated with creating multi-party collaborative consortia: Challenge of securing IP rights in situations requiring massive collaborations by multiple participants, cross licensing of patents and other IP rights

Frank X. Curci, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC / Phoenix, AZ

3:30 pm


3:45 pm

Patent Pools: Another Innovative Tool to Accelerate Commercialization

Overview of potential benefits of life sciences patent pools and potential antitrust ramifications

Jorge A. Goldstein, Ph.D., Esq.
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein and Fox P.L.L.C. / Washington, DC

4:45 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC and Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)


Friday, January 30, 2009

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Frank X. Curci, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC / Phoenix, AZ

Ron G. King, Ph.D., Program Co-Chair
Tgen / Phoenix, AZ

8:45 am

Unique Challenges Associated with Licensing Inventions from Academic Research Environment to Private-Sector Life Sciences Company

Business, scientific and legal challenges associated with licensing inventions discovered by an academic research institution to a private-sector company in order to commercialize the inventions

Carlos Encinas, Ph.D., Director, Technology Transfer Office
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center / Los Angeles, CA

Manoja R. Lecamwasam, Ph.D., Director, Intellectual Innovation Network
Catholic HealthCare West / Phoenix, AZ

Ron G. King, Ph.D., Program Co-Chair
Translational Genomics Research Institute / Phoenix, AZ

Frank X. Curci, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC / Phoenix, AZ

10:15 am


10:30 am

Venture Philanthropy As Creative Funding Source

How traditional philanthropic organizations are migrating to more creative result-driven funding mechanisms requiring milestones

Robert Tufel, Executive Director
The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation / Palo Alto, CA

John W. Murphy, President and CEO
Flinn Foundation / Phoenix, AZ

Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., Executive Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society / White Plains, NY

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Assembling a Package Attractive to Venture Capitalists

Overall VC climate for life sciences companies; how VC's expect start-up companies to be structured from a corporate finance standpoint (equity structure); what VC's expect from the management of start-up companies

Thong Q. Le, Managing Director
WRF Capital / Seattle, WA

Daniel C. Wood, CFA, General Partner
Mesa Verde Venture Partners / San Diego, CA

R. Michael Rodgers, Chairman
Alare Capital Securities, LLC / Scottsdale, AZ

William Newman, Ph.D., Managing Director
Northwest Technology Ventures, LP / Beaverton, OR

Phyllis E. Whiteley, Ph.D., Executive-in Residence
Mohr Davidow Ventures / Menlo Park, CA

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Exit Strategies for Life Sciences Companies

Importance of proper selection and timing of exit strategies available to life sciences companies, particularly in the current economic climate

Richard Lieberman, Esq., Moderator
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC / Phoenix, AZ

IPO versus M&A as exit strategies

John Howard Clowes, Esq.
DLA Piper LLP / East Palo Alto, CA

Licensing core technology to larger corporations as another exit strategy

Robert L. Jones, Esq.
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP / Palo Alto, CA

4:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for this program is $1245 with a group rate of $1095 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $945. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $622.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 23, 2009. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a Homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 12.25 AZ CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel at 455 North 3rd Street in Phoenix, AZ 85004. You can reserve a sleeping room by going to Rooms are first come, first serve basis and are booking fast.

If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $1255. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
Order Homestudy

Faculty Bios

Frank X. Curci, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC and Chair of the Life Sciences, Biotechnology & Intellectual Property Groups. He represents life sciences and high tech companies in licensing, multi-party collaborations, technology and other IP matters. He is an elected member of the Arizona BioIndustry Association's Greater Phoenix Leadership Group.

Ron G. King, Ph.D., Program Co-Chair, is Vice President of New Ventures and Commercialization at TGen. Previously, he was the Associate Director for the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

Richard Lieberman, Moderator, Chair of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC's Corporate, Securities and Finance Department, focuses on securities, corporate governance, M&A and finance. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

Vicki L. Chandler, Ph.D., Director of the BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona, is also the Carl E. and Patricia Weiler Endowed Chair for Excellence in Agriculture and Life Sciences and Regents' Professor in the Departments of Plant Sciences and Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Howard Clowes, partner at DLA Piper LLP, focuses on representing public companies, venture finance, M&A and corporate collaborations, especially in the life sciences industry. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

Jeffrey Cossman, M.D. is Chief Scientific Officer of the Critical Path Institute (C-Path), and directs C-Path's Washington, DC-area office. He founded the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory of the National Cancer Institute, NIH, and is listed in The Best Doctors in America.

Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, is responsible for the administration of research grant programs that support research leading to prevention, diagnosis and cure.

Mark G. Edwards is Principal at Deloitte Recap LLC, a member of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Previously, he was Managing Director and Founder of Recombinant Capital, Inc.

Carlos Encinas, Ph.D., Director of the Technology Transfer Office at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, provides support for the protection and commercialization of IP and promotes collaboration between investigators and other research institutes and universities.

Ronald J. Epperson, President and CEO of Intellectual Energy LLC, has experience in a variety of economic, business and financial analyses on behalf of clients in disputes involving intellectual property.

Jorge A. Goldstein, Ph.D., director at Sterne Kessler Goldstein and Fox PLLC, focuses on genomics, molecular and cell biology, recombinant DNA technology, immunology, transgenics, therapeutic methods, stem cells as well as organic synthesis, pharmaceuticals, and polymers. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA.

MaryAnn Guerra is President of TGen Accelerators, LLC and Chief Business Officer at TGen. She develops and establishes relationships that enhance scientific programs and accelerate the transfer of technology from the lab into new business opportunities.

Robert L. Jones, partner at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, focuses on corporate partnering transactions. His clients include Five Prime Therapeutics, CoMentis, Gilead Sciences and Onyx Pharmaceuticals.

Michael J. Lasinski, Managing Director at Ocean Tomo, LLC, is in charge of the valuation practice area and focuses on strategy, valuation and tax structure analysis.

Thong Q. Le, Managing Director for WRF Capital, focuses on investment opportunities in biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, enterprise software and advanced materials. Previously, he was the Founder, President and CEO of MiniMeals, Inc.

Manoja R. Lecamwasam, Ph.D., Director of the Catholic Healthcare West Intellectual Innovation Network (CHWiin) office at Catholic Healthcare West, manages and commercializes all IP for the CHW Hospitals in Arizona, Nevada, and California.

Curt Malloy, President of the Infectious Disease Research Institute, focuses on the impact of both infectious diseases and IP law on the developing world. He is also an Adjunct Professsor at Seattle University.

Richard Mitchell, Ph.D. is Director of Business Development in Industry Relations and Technology Transfer at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Previously, he was Scientific Director, Marketing and Business Development with Nastech Pharmaceutical Company.

John W. Murphy, President and CEO of the Flinn Foundation, guides the programs which specialize in advancing the biosciences in Arizona. He is a member of the Governor's Council on Innovation and Technology.

William Newman, Ph.D. is Managing Director at Northwest Technology Ventures, LP, a seed fund focusing on ventures arising out of the research sector. He brings a business perspective to the academic and research environment, focusing on business development, technology transfer and venture investment.
Full bio and contact info for William Newman at Northwest Technology Ventures, LP

R. Michael Rodgers is Chairman of Alare Capital Securities, LLC and is experienced in life sciences and technology-based companies. Previously, he was COO and CFO of the International Genomics Consortium.

Robert Tufel, Executive Director for The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation, is experienced in the health field, focusing on AIDS and brain tumors. Previously, he was Executive Director at the National Brain Tumor Foundation (NBTF).

Kevin D. Weber is Principal and Founder of Weber Advantage Consulting, LLC, a firm which provides commercial consulting services to pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices companies, primarily in the Southwestern USA. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Global Operations and Strategy at Hyperion Therapeutics.

Phyllis E. Whiteley, Ph.D., Executive-in Residence at Mohr Davidow Ventures, focuses on building and creating companies in diagnostics and personalized medicine. She has experience in academics, biotech and pharma in research, development, business and portfolio management.

Daniel C. Wood, CFA is General Partner at Mesa Verde Venture Partners, an early-stage bioscience venture capital fund focused on the Southwestern United States. Previously, he was Co-Founding General Partner of Inglewood Ventures of San Diego.

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