Congress Day Two
Wednesday September 8, 2021
All time in CET (EET = +1hr / BST = -1hr / EST = -6hr)
09:00 LSX Welcome
Josh Dance, SVP, LSX
09:10 Keynote Presentation: Driving the Next Wave of Biotech Innovation in the Nordics
Karsten Dalgaard, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
10:00 Keynote Presentation and Panel: Growth Capital - To List or Not to List? That is the Question
The relatively early public listing of Nordic life science companies in their financing and clinical development is common, driven by the need for growth capital which was not always available from specialist VCs, and a strong retail investor base in the region. But with more local funds, greater international attention and investment, and a globally booming healthcare sector, the market for private growth capital has arguably never been stronger.
On the flipside, 2020 and 2021 has seen a large number of public fundraises for life science companies, particularly on the Swedish market, proving a strong interest from institutional investors and availability of capital for the right companies. A multi-stakeholder panel discusses this critical dynamic in the Nordic market.
Stephan Christgau, Managing Partner, Eir Ventures
Adam Kostyal, SVP, Nasdaq
Lena Soderstrom, Chair, InfiCure
Jonas Jendi, Investment Director & Head of Analysis, Industrifonden
11:00 Presentation and Panel: Leading the Way, But Work Still to be Done? Diversity and Gender Balance in the Nordic Life Sciences Ecosystem
The Nordic countries lead the way in terms of gender equality and diversity. In life sciences, the backing of female-led businesses and women in VC , this leadership role does broadly seem to translate. What is being done right in the Nordics and what can other countries learn from this relative success? How far is there still to go in creating a truly equitable life science ecosystem in the region?
Roger Franklin, Partner, Hadean Ventures
Inka Mero, Founder & Managing Partner, Voima Ventures
Petrina Knowles Gjelstrup, SVP People & Organisation, Novo Holdings
Nanna Soni, Director, Coulter Partners
12:00 Panel: Expediting Translation of Innovation: Evolving Business Models for Academia, Industry and Investment Partnerships
The speed and diversity of innovation in healthcare continues grow and business models continue to evolve. Alongside research institutions becoming more advanced in the way they look at translating innovation, pharma and investors are increasingly looking earlier for great science and technology and incubators and accelerators are supporting entrepreneurs and earlier stage companies more than ever before. A multi-stakeholder panel discusses translation of innovation from the Nordics, and what lessons can be learned from partnerships and how other countries and regions are trying to speed up the process of getting the latest advancements from academia to industry.
Bobby Soni, CBO, BioInnovation Institute
Richard Reschen, Associate Director Business Development, MSD
Christian Schetter, Managing Director, Arix Bioscience
Magnus Björsne, CEO, AZ BioVentureHub
Klementina Österberg, CEO, GU Ventures
13:00 Masterclass: Biotech Valuations as Preparation for out-Licensing and Investment
Biotechnology often offers a promise of future success but knowing it can take years and needs proper planning to determine how the effort and expense will translate into returns. In this 45-minute interactive workshop, held in a Zoom breakout room, experts will explore the key considerations around biotech valuations when preparing for out-licencing deals for specific assets, considering a public listing or when raising a next round of financing.
Tobias Thornblad, CEO, MS&C Nordics
14:00 Panel: Increasing Capital, Competition and a Cultural Shift - Are Win-Win Deals Harder Than Ever?
With increased capital flow, and companies looking to go further with longer term aspirations, is the pharma deal-making landscape getting tougher? With more competition than ever before, better funded companies and higher valuations, is making win-win deals harder for international pharma? Pharma BD&L heads discuss how evolving industry and investment dynamics are impacting pharma’s approach, and how Nordic innovation across the healthcare spectrum fits into their business development and deal-making strategies.
Karen McGurk, Executive Director Transactions, MSD
Miriam Frieden, VP S&E, Novo Nordisk
James Stamatis, Vice President, Head of Business Development and Acquisitions, AbbVie
15:00 Panel: Accessing US Capital Through the Primary and Secondary US Public Markets
Joe Coveney, VP Corporate Services, OTC Markets Group
16:00 Panel: Building Successful International Medtech – Investment, Planning and US Market Access
The Nordic ecosystem has produced world-leading medtech businesses, and innovation in space continues apace. Sooner or later, any ambitious medtech company is going to look to the US to build a footprint and eventually commercialise their products. Early planning, securing requisite investment and an ambitious mindset with the right partners is key to realising this vision. What are the keys to securing international investment, and a successful well planned internationalisation programme.
Jonathan Gertler, Managing Director, BioVentures MedTech Funds
Stine Mølgaard, COO & Co-founder, Radiobotics
17:00 Video Networking Reception