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  • 01

    12:30 pm-1:30 pm

    Michael R. Harrison, MD
    Founder, MAGNAP
    Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics, OB-GYN, and Reproductive Sciences, Emeritus
    University of California, San Francisco


    Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can have their airway opened by pulling the hyoid bone and all its attachments to the airway anteriorly. But how? We have developed and are now testing in a first-in-human trial the Magnap System. A titanium encased magnet is implanted on the hyoid in an outpatient procedure. When going to sleep the patient puts on a separate external brace containing a second magnet, the airway is held open and OSA resolved.

    About Dr. Michael Harrison
    Dr. Michael Harrison is Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Emeritus, a position he assumed in 2006 after a long-distinguished academic pediatric surgery career at UCSF beginning in 1978.  He is also the Founding Director of the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center. Dr. Harrison earned his B.A. degree from Yale University and his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed pediatric surgery fellowship at the Rikshospitalet in Oslo, Norway, and at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Dr. Harrison joined the Department of Surgery at UCSF in 1978, with joint appointments in pediatrics and obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences. There are currently efforts underway to establish a distinguished professorship in his honor.

    Dr. Harrison is a member of numerous scientific societies, serves on the editorial boards, and has served on several national committees including the Committee on the Status of the Anencephalic as Donor (1994-99). As a member of various medical and surgical professional societies, he has been recognized by his colleagues for his contributions to the field and honored with a number of prestigious awards, including the American College of Surgeons’ Jacobson Innovation Award and Sheen Award, the First Professor P.P. Rickman Award of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons, the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement, the Arnold M. Salzberg Mentorship Award of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Michaël Vloten Award of the Congress of the Association of Surgeons of the Netherlands, and induction into the Institute of Medicine

  • 01

    1:30 pm-3:00 pm

    To apply for Office Hours, please contact Linda Eng.

    Janis Naeve, Ph.D. joined Amgen in 2005 and is the Managing Director of Amgen Ventures, guiding the fund’s investment in biotechnology companies focused on discovering and developing human therapeutics. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Naeve was director of Corporate Development at X-Ceptor Therapeutics, acquired by Exelixis. Prior to this, she served as director of Business Development at Aurora Biosciences, leading transactions for the ion channel technology business unit and managing collaborations with Pfizer, Merck, Lilly and Bristol Myers-Squibb. Dr. Naeve holds a Ph.D. in Pathology from University of Southern California and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology.

    Alex Turner, Ph.D. joined Amgen in 2012 and is a Licensing Director, leading search and evaluation of product opportunities for Amgen’s Neuroscience, Nephrology, and Bone Health therapeutic areas. Prior to Amgen, Dr. Turner was Senior Director of Business Development at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, leading out-licensing outreach across the company’s pipeline and in-licensing search and evaluation of technologies to accelerate drug discovery. Dr. Turner holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Stanford University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.

    Becky Pferdehirt, Ph.D. joined Amgen in 2016 and is a Senior Manager of Business Development, focusing on licensing of external technology platforms to support Amgen’s R&D. Prior to joining Business Development, Becky was a scientist in Discovery Research at Amgen, focusing on technology development for gene and cell therapies. Dr. Pferdehirt holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from U.C. Berkeley and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Genentech.

  • 09

    12:30 pm-1:30 pm

    Neil Berkley, MBA
    West Coast Business Development & Transactions, GlaxoSmithKlein


    Neil Berkley will also be offering Office Hours on the same day, November 9, from 9:00 – 12:00 PM. To apply for Office Hours, please contact Linda Eng.

    About Neil Berkley
    Neil Berkley joined GSK in 2014 as part of WWBD’s efforts to expand its presence in the Western half of North America. In this role, Neil supports BD Heads in search and evaluation of West Coast opportunities. In 2016, Neil also became part of the WWBD Transactions team which is responsible for negotiating and structuring deals. Before joining GSK, Neil was Head of Business Development at Cadence Pharmaceuticals, a commercial stage acute care company, where he was part of the team who successfully sold the company to Mallinckrodt for $1.3B in cash. Prior to Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Neil held various roles with a primary focus on business development at Mpex Pharmaceutical, an antibacterial company he co-founded in 2001. During his time at Mpex, Neil helped raise over $100M in venture capital financing and closed multiple business development transactions including an option deal with GSK and the acquisition of Mpex by Aptalis in 2011. Neil also co-founded another San Diego-based biotechnology company, Vaxiion Therapeutics, which is developing a novel therapy for bladder cancer. Prior to his industry experience, Neil worked in several different academic laboratories studying immunology, cardiac virology and microbiology. Neil holds a BS in molecular biology from the University of California, San Diego and an MS in cellular and molecular biology as well as an MBA from San Diego State University.

  • 16

    3:30 pm-5:00 pm


    TetraScience connects your existing lab instruments to a single online dashboard where you can manage experiments and equipment, plus access data. Easily connect the dots between data, insights, and outcomes.

    TetraScience will be on-site to share how they have been helping fast growing biotech companies scale their lab operations through a variety of solutions. Join us for an informal discussion and happy hour with several members of their team.

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