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The 7th annual Chief Medical Officer Summit attracts the largest gathering of physicans in biotech and will take place on April 4-5, 2019 in Boston. Although the program is primarily designed for CMOs of emerging biotech companies, large pharma CMOs and other R&D decision-makers also attend to exchange best practices in drug development and business management.

We are delighted to announce that the registration fee for a biotech R&D executive also covers a guest from their R&D or executive team through January 31, 2019.

We are pleased to welcome Dr Steven Zelenkofske, EVP, CMOAchillion Pharmaceuticals as co-chair for the 2019 CMO Summit. Dr Zelenkofske helped launch the first CMO Summit.

Joining the Summit for the first time are Dr Steve Kanes, CMOSage Therapeutics, who shares his experience on navigating a new indication through the FDA as a young company, and Dr Bernie ZeiherCMO and President, Development, Astellas Pharma with large pharma perspectives.

Annual keynote speaker Ken GetzDirector of Sponsored Research ProgramsTufts CSDD, is confirmed to provide his drug development zeitgeist talk.

    What to Expect

      150+ Attendees

      75+ Chief Medical Officers

      20+ Sessions including keynotes, case studies, panels

      7 Year’s of research for this annual gathering

      5+ Hours of networking

Key Topic Areas for 2019

  • Talent Gap in Biotech – Next steps
  • Designing Clinical Trials for Gene Therapy – a Paradigm Shift
  • Unique Development Challenges in the Microbiome
  • Immuno-Oncology: When and How to Approach Strategic Collaborations and Partnerships
  • How to De-Risk a Development Program from a Regulatory Perspective
  • Best Practices for Preparing for Investors
  • Going from Big Pharma to Small Biotech Leadership: Challenges and Opportunities
  • How to Navigate the Development Path from CMO to CEO
  • Mechanisms for CMO Performance Improvement

Dedicated to Accomplishing Two Goals

  1. To bring together CMO and R&D executives to address the unique challenges associated with directing and managing all R&D functions with limited resources, while raising capital and strategizing for appropriate exits.
  2. To create a network of CMOs and R&D Leadership from small to mid-size life science companies to share ideas, solutions and support.

Recognizing the Complex Role of the Chief Medical Officer

The role of a Chief Medical Officer is one that means many things to many people, and indeed is radically different depending on the type of organization in which a CMO works. For CMOs in early, emerging and even mid-size life science companies, the role can be an isolated one, but with all the responsibility for driving the clinical development and CRO management, while meeting the needs of investors and positioning for an appropriate exit. CMOs are playing an increasingly larger role in raising funding for their life science companies.

Who Should Attend

The conference is designed specifically for CMOs, but certainly Heads of R&D, CSOs, Clinical Operations/Development/Outsourcing, and Vice Presidents of Medical Affairs also greatly benefit from attending the program. Clinical service providers and investors are encouraged to attend as conversations with CMOs are very much welcomed.



Jennifer Moran
Conference Producer

Valerie Bowling New


Valerie Bowling
Executive Director



Meredith Sands
Executive Director, Business Development



  • "I think that CMOs can and should play a bigger and more overt role in running companies. As such it is important to me that they feel empowered and trained to do so."

    - Lauren Silverman, PhD, Managing Director, Novartis Venture Funds

  • "I found the meeting extremely useful since it was designed exclusively to addressing CMO interests. The opportunity to network with my peers at this event was invaluable since, barring this meeting, interactions I have with my peers tend to be at scientific meetings where the focus is the scientific meeting and not the CMO peer interactions."

    - Santosh Vetticaden, PhD, MD, CMO, SVP, Mast Therapeutics, Inc.

  • "It is a pleasure to have attended an historic meeting [of] the outstanding inaugural Chief Medical Officer Summit."

    - Dominic J.F. Tong, MD,

  • "It was a wonderful experience for me and I appreciate the opportunity."

    - Greg Fiore, MD, CMO, The Medicines Company

  • "I thought this was one of the more valuable conferences I've attended for some time."

    - Jeffrey Moore, DPhil, MBA, VP, MP Healthcare Venture Management, Inc.

  • "I think the conference addresses an identified an under-served niche. Nice job on the conference."

    - Carl Berke, PhD, Partner, Partners Innovation Fund, Partners Healthcare and Founding Director, Mass Medical Angels

  • "These are great meetings and I applaud you for having the foresight to organize them."

    - Jodi Black, PhD, Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Research Activities, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH

  • "You and the Conference Forum team did a great job with this meeting. We appreciated the opportunity to work with you."

    - Paul Edgerton, Managing Partner, Gold Partners

  • "The day was great fun. The conference had a nice crowd and they were very engaged."

    - M. Scott Harris, MD, CMO, Avaxia Biologics, Inc., Principal, Middleburg Consultants and Clinical Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine

  • "I was happy to participate and enjoyed the discussion with other panel members and interaction from the audience."

    - Chris Kiritsy, MBA, President & CEO, Arisaph

  • "The discussion at the CMO conference indicated everyone had a great time and felt that next year's event would be even bigger and better. Please extend my thanks to the entire team for putting together such a great meeting. Your team executes flawlessly each and every time. I overheard many CMO's convey this meeting was a great forum for CMO's to share ideas, challenges, frustrations, etc. in an honest, open forum (and one CMO said it was much better than a psychiatrist evaluation!)."

    - Nancy Wetherbee, MBA, Director, Office of Research Business Development in Industry Translation, Tufts Medical Center

  • "It was a great meeting. Hopefully the start of something big."

    - Steven Zelenkofske, DO, FACC, FACOI, FCCP, Senior Vice President, Clinical and Medical Affairs & CMO, Regado Biosciences