• The Union League • Philadelphia, PA
  • October 15th

hard science innovation forum

2019

Evolving Great Ideas into World-Changing Businesses

Welcome

Michael-Burychka

We’re excited for you to join us at the historic Union League of Philadelphia for the 5th annual Hard Science Innovation Forum.  This is our third year hosting this event in Philadelphia, a city known for innovation in hard science and home to one of our esteemed collaboration partners, the University of Pennsylvania.  

At the Forum, you will have the opportunity to network with the founders and leaders of our portfolio companies who are creating truly world-changing businesses in the life and physical sciences.  You will also meet scientists and commercialization professionals from all of our partner institutions. It is within this ecosystem where the real magic happens, and our long-term commitment takes flight. 

This year our discussions will focus on the idea to A Round, analyzing the challenging path to commercialization and the opportunity it represents for our partners, investors, and the future of science.  Please explore our website to learn more and we look forward to seeing you in October!

Michael Burychka,
Founder and CEO, IP Group, Inc.

Agenda

Tuesday OCTOBER 15th, 2019

Time

Session

Location

Description

9.05am

Michael Burychka, CEO of IP Group, Inc. will share his proven strategy for investing in Hard Science in the North American market.

9.45am

Panel Discussion: Idea to A-Round

Orin Herskowitz,
Senior Vice President of Intellectual Property & Tech Transfer, Columbia University and Executive Director, Columbia Technology Ventures
Heiner Dreismann, PhD,
Former President & CEO, Roche Molecular Systems
Randy Castleman,
Partner, SRF Management
Trifon Liakopoulos, PhD,
Co-Founder & CEO, EnaChip, Inc.
Mark Allen, PhD,
Co-Founder, EnaChip, Inc. and Director, University of Pennsylvania Singh Center for Nanotechnology and Alfred Filter Moore Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering
Christian Patze, PhD
Associate, Performance Materials Fund, M Ventures

A diverse group of panelists including one of IP Group, Inc.’s portfolio start-ups will analyze what it takes to turn an exciting technology into an investment opportunity.

10.45am

Coffee Break

Enjoy a quick coffee break as we transition into our Sector Focus Breakout Sessions.

11.00am

Sector Focus Breakout: Life Science

MOBILion Systems, Inc.
Melissa Sherman, PhD, CEO
Carisma Therapeutics
Steven Kelly, CEO
Innervace
Althea Stillman, PhD, Associate Director,
Life Sciences, IP Group, Inc.

Discover IP Group, Inc.'s Life Science portfolio, with updates from two growing companies, MOBILion Systems Inc. and Carisma Therapeutics, as well as an introduction to one of IP Group's exciting early-stage projects from the University of Pennsylvania.

11.00am

Sector Focus Breakout: Physical Science

Discover IP Group, Inc.'s Physical Science portfolio, with updates from two growing companies, Cynash and Instrumems, as well as an introduction to one of IP Group, Inc.'s exciting early-stage projects from Yale University.

12.00pm

Networking Lunch

Lunch will be available in Lincoln Hall for all conference attendees.

1.15pm

Breakout Session: The Serial Entrepreneur

Shahram Hejazi, PhD,
CEO & Co-Founder,
Optimeos Life Sciences, Inc.
Mark McAdoo,
Founder & CEO, SourcEdge
Patrick Callahan,
Founder, CompassRed

Dive into the world of a serial entrepreneur, where our panel of experts will share lessons learned and discuss opportunities to tackle challenges in early-stage technology startups.

1.15pm

Breakout Session: Evolution of Corporate Venture Capital

Tad Weems,
Managing Director, Early Stage Partnerships, Agilent Technologies, Inc.
Ted Hirose,
Group Director, Tel Venture Capital
David Parke,
Managing Director,
EVOLUTION Life Science Partners
Simon Crowther,
Managing Director, Head of International Aero Tech & Sustainability Lead,
Yamaha Motor Ventures
Sven Harmsen, PhD,
Director External Ventures,
Saint Gobain Ventures

An experienced group of investors will share insight on the growth of corporate venture capital and the key ingredients for a successful investment.

2.30pm

Networking Break

Join us in Lincoln Hall for an engaging networking break where you will have the opportunity to meet our portfolio Founders and CEOs. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

3.30pm

Join us for a Keynote address by Mr. Stephen Howard, a mission driven, sustainability business leader. Steve is the former CEO/Founder of the Climate Group, CSO of Ikea Group, and most recently, Co-Chair and Co-Founder of The We Mean Business Coalition.

4.00pm

Exyn Technologies will share their story about the world of aerial robotics and what it takes to win global customers.

4.55pm

Closing Remarks

Michael Burychka, CEO of IP Group, Inc. will share concluding remarks.

5.00pm

Cocktail Reception

Join us in the McMichael Room for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to conclude the 5th Annual Hard Science Innovation Forum.

Tuesday 15th OCTOBER 2019

Details

9.05am

Investing in Hard Science: An Interview with Michael Burychka

Michael Burychka, CEO and Founder of IP Group, Inc. will share his story and how he built IP Group, Inc. for the North American market.

9.45am

Panel Discussion: Idea to A-Round

Orin Herskowitz,
Senior Vice President of Intellectual Property & Tech Transfer, Columbia University and Executive Director, Columbia Technology Ventures
Heiner Dreismann, PhD,
Former President & CEO, Roche Molecular Systems
Randy Castleman,
Partner, SRF Management
Trifon Liakopoulos, PhD,
Co-Founder & CEO, EnaChip, Inc.
Mark Allen, PhD,
Co-Founder, EnaChip, Inc. and Director, University of Pennsylvania Singh Center for Nanotechnology and Alfred Filter Moore Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering

A diverse group of panelists including one of IP Group’s portfolio start-ups will analyze what it takes to turn an exciting technology into an investment opportunity.

10.45am

Coffee Break

Enjoy a quick coffee break as we transition into our Sector Focus Breakout Sessions.

11.00am

Sector Focus Breakout: Life Science

MOBILion Systems, Inc.
Speaker: CEO, Melissa Sherman, PhD
Carisma Therapeutics
Speaker: CEO, Steven Kelly
Innervace
Speaker: Founder, Kacy Cullen, PhD

Discover IP Group, Inc.'s Life Science portfolio, with updates from two growing companies, MOBILion Systems Inc. and Carisma Therapeutics, as well as an introduction to one of IP Group's exciting early-stage projects from the University of Pennsylvania.

11.00am

Sector Focus Breakout: Physical Science

Cynash, Inc.
Speaker: CEO, Richard Robinson
Instrumems, Inc.
Speaker: Co-Founder & CEO,
Gilad Arwatz, PhD
Laser Incubation Project
Speaker: IP Group, Inc., John Fijol, PhD

Discover IP Group's Inc's Physical Science portfolio, with updates from two growing companies, Cynash Inc. and Instrumems Inc., as well as an introduction to one of IP Group's most exciting early-stage projects with Yale University.

12.00pm

Networking Lunch

Lunch will be available in Lincoln Hall for all conference attendees.

1.15pm

Breakout Session: The Serial Entrepreneur

Shahram Hejazi, PhD,
CEO & Co-Founder,
Optimeos Life Sciences, Inc.
Mark McAdoo,
Founder & CEO, SourcEdge
Patrick Callahan,
Founder, CompassRed

Dive into the world of a serial entrepreneur, where our panel of experts will share lessons learned and discuss opportunities to tackle challenges in early-stage technology startups.

1.15pm

Breakout Session: Evolution of Corporate Venture Capital

Tad Weems,
Managing Director, Early Stage Partnerships, Agilent Technologies, Inc.
Ted Hirose,
Group Director, Tel Venture Capital
David Parke,
Managing Director,
EVOLUTION Life Science Partners
Simon Crowther,
Managing Director, Head of International Aero Tech & Sustainability Lead,
Yamaha Motor Ventures
Sven Harmsen, PhD,
Director External Ventures,
Saint Gobain Ventures

An experienced group of investors will share insight on the growth of corporate venture capital and the key ingredients for a successful investment.

2.30pm

Networking Break

Join us in Lincoln Hall for an engaging networking break where you will have the opportunity to meet our portfolio Founders and CEOs. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

3.30pm

Join us for a Keynote address by Mr. Stephen Howard, a mission driven, sustainability business leader. Steve is the former CEO/Founder of the Climate Group, CSO of Ikea Group, and most recently, Co-Chair and Co-Founder of The We Mean Business Coalition.

4.00pm

Exyn Technologies will share their story about the world of aerial robotics and what it takes to win global customers.

4.55pm

Closing Remarks

Michael Burychka, CEO and Founder of IP Group, Inc. will share concluding remarks.

5.00pm

Cocktail Reception

Join us in the McMichael Room for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to conclude the 5th Annual Hard Science Innovation Forum.

Thought Provoking. Innovative. World-changing

Speakers

At this year's Hard Science Innovation Forum, we have a wide range of amazing speakers - from entrepreneurs, to investors and academics. Click the button on the right to see their biographies.

Schedule a one-on-one meeting

If you are an investor or strategic interested in meeting with one of our portfolio companies one-on-one, please click here to speak with a member of the IP Group team. Please visit our website for more information on our growing portfolio.