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Friday, November 27 • 7:45am - 8:10am
Breakfast Session- Economic Impact of Innovative Financing Models

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 Organized by Eli Lilly

The field of venture-backed investments into early-stage (preclinical to Phase 2a) biopharmaceuticals has seen a shift to a greater reliance on virtual models of drug development.  This trend is based on the fact that expertise required for drug discovery and preclinical drug development differs in large part from that required for clinical development.  Building R&D teams de novo for each asset can result in “feast and famine” for the local economies where teams of experts are hired, to be let go once the product moves along the drug development continuum.  The virtual model of drug development provides for a more stable employment environment as it looks to engage the “best and brightest” from established companies and independent consultants to fill the resources required to take a product through the series of developmental hurdles.  As well as “feeding” the local established economy, the model bolsters strong local capabilities by also sourcing internationally top key opinion leaders and established groups with long records of drug development.  This model results in greater capital and timeline efficiencies, an increased likelihood of investing in “winners” and a process for drug development focused on getting innovative therapies to patients as quickly as possible. 

Our esteemed panel of experts all contribute to this ecosystem;

  • Organizations like FACIT, work with academic groups to identify innovative medicines of highest interest and provide a link to the key opinion leaders in a specific field.
  • Investors like Teralys who invest both directly and indirectly into the model of virtual drug development; supporting the local and international ecosystems of expert drug developers.
  • Venture Capital teams, like TVM Capital, who understand the value of team building in later-stage companies and have applied the virtual model of drug development at early stages in order to support the ecosystem of service providers, academic key opinion leaders and expert consultants in Canada and internationally. 

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Cynthia Lavoie

General Partner, TVM Capital Life Science
Dr. Lavoie is a General Partner with TVM Capital Life Science, an international venture capital firm with more than $1 billion under management. Dr. Lavoie is responsible for deal making, deal origination and execution and for the management of portfolio companies in the US and Canada... Read More →

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Cedric Bisson

Partner, Teralys Capital
CEDRIC BISSON is partner at Teralys Capital, Canada’s largest technology fund of funds management organization, where he focuses on healthcare and life sciences investments. He has spent the past two decades across Canada, in Europe and the USA creating, building and advising innovative... Read More →
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Daniel Bouthillier

President and CEO, Kaneq Pharma
Daniel Bouthillier possède plus de 25 ans d’expérience en administration de la recherche. Il est présentement Président et chef de la direction de Kaneq Pharma. Auparavant il a occupé différents postes chez Merck&Co où il fut Directeur exécutif à l’Administration et... Read More →
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Jeff Courtney

Chief Commercial Officer, Fight Against Cancer Innovation Trust (FACIT), Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR)
Mr. Jeff Courtney was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of the Fight Against Cancer Innovation Trust (FACIT), the commercialization partner for the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) in November 2012. He is leading the Institute’s efforts to commercialize novel approaches... Read More →
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Dr. Marc Rivière

General Partner, TVM Capital
Marc Rivière joined the Montreal-based TVM Capital Life Science team in 2013 after twenty years of international drug development preceded by ten years of medical and public health practice in Europe and the Middle East. Marc’s expertise encompasses all aspects of drug development... Read More →

Friday November 27, 2015 7:45am - 8:10am EST
Ballroom A/B (ground floor)

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