The thing that makes the JPM week so different to all other conferences I’ve attended before, is the seniority of the attendees, their sharp commercial focus and the openness to networking, regardless of role or position, whether you are an entrepreneur with an idea, the CEO of a small company looking to raise the next round of investment to take products into clinical trials or the VPGM of a large multinational healthcare corporation or pharma company sharing your pipeline strategy and results. This is the week where you can meet inventors, investors, lawyers, business development professionals and service providers, from all over the world, looking to promote their work and to make new connections, in order to grow and develop their healthcare businesses through partnership and collaboration.
We specifically attended the China Showcase, Biotech Showcase, Digital Medicine and Medtech Showcase and Bio One on One Partnering. Across these meetings there were hundreds of company presentations and thousands of scheduled partnering meetings, in what can best be described as business speed dating.
At Biotech Showcase, one of the busiest conferences, there were rows and rows of small curtained cubicles, each numbered and containing a table, four chairs and power sockets. When the bell rang you’d make your way to your assigned cubicle where you meet your potential partner for 30 mins, until the bell rang again, signifying time to move on.
Outside of these formal partnering meetings, there were many informal partnering meetings and I really felt for those who didn’t know the city so well – navigating where to go next, trying to avoid all the cafés that were charging $50 an hour, just to sit down at a table, for a coffee and a chat.
So in all of this chaos, how did we find it? Absolutely fantastic!
JP Morgan healthcare week provides the one of the best opportunities to meet with new and existing clients and industry contacts, sharing goals and ideas, searching for new collaborations with a common goal – to advance global healthcare.