Boston Bar | Life Sciences Conference

Thursday, April 29, 2021
9:00am – 1:30pm

Cyberspace | Via Zoom

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Boston’s Premier Legal Life Sciences Conference
Connecting Lawyers & Industry

The Boston Bar Association is excited to once again host its annual Life Sciences Conference on Thursday, April 29, 2021! This is the premier legal conference for Boston-area life sciences practitioners and industry experts from in-house legal departments, law firms, academia, and government – now adapted to a virtual format.

Each year we feature high-level plenary sessions and interactive breakout sessions. Our panelists include general counsel, entrepreneurs and business leaders, investors, regulators, and top lawyers who represent clients from throughout the life sciences sector on IP, transactional, and regulatory matters. Sessions will provide cutting edge industry knowledge and strategies that you can use to enhance your practice.

Live Panels

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Deal-Making During COVID

  • Moderator: Hannah Freeman – Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Amanda Austin – Partner, Ropes & Gray
  • David Brower – Vice President & Head of Business Development, Accent Therapeutics
  • Andrew Cohen – Vice President & Head Counsel, R&D Legal, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
  • Wendell Taylor – Chief Corporation Counsel, Biogen
  • Joe Zenkus – Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Alliances, Sarepta Therapeutics

10:10 AM – 11:10 AM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Impacts of a Remote Workforce on Life Sciences Companies

  • Moderator: Brian Adams – General Counsel, Relay Therapeutics
  • Debbie Durso-Bumpus – Chief People Officer, Blueprint Medicines
  • Kellie M. Herrick – Tax Senior Manager, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Andrew Matzkin – Member, Mintz
  • Juliette Reiter – Executive Managing Director, NEWMARK

11:20 AM – 12:20 PM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Diversity on Boards & ESG

Life Sciences IP Litigation Update

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Trends in Financing

Additional speakers to be announced.

Cross-Border Clinical Data Transfers from Europe and China

  • Moderator: Scott Samuels – SVP & General Counsel, BeiGene
  • John Balzano – Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Sara Berkson – Chief Privacy Officer and Head Privacy Counsel, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Justin Pine – Senior Director, International Affairs, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
  • Kristof Van Quathem – Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP
Brian Adams

Brian Adams
General Counsel
Relay Therapeutics

Chris Bellon

Christine Bellon, Ph.D., J.D.
Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
Beam Therapeutics


Hannah Freeman
Ropes & Gray LLP


Sarah Hogan

Scott Samuels

Scott Samuels
Senior Vice President,
General Counsel


Sarah Solomon
Goodwin Procter LLP



  • Boston Bar Members: $225
  • Government/Legal Services Members: $175
  • In-House Members: $225


  • Standard Non-Member: $325
Not a BBA member? Contact us at to join today.

Discounted group rates available by request. Contact Ashley Young at for more information.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2021 Virtual Life Sciences Conference, please contact Maggie DeMoura at

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Boston Bar educational programs are sponsored in part by the Joan B. DiCola Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation. This fund provides critical support for Boston Bar Association programs and initiatives that foster the education and professional development of lawyers. For more information on the BBF or this fund, please click here.

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