Boston Bar | Life Sciences Conference

2022 Life Sciences Conference

BBA Life Sciences Industry Event

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 
6:00 PM

Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Boston Bar Members: $225
Government/Legal Services Members: $175
In-House Members: $225
Non-Member: $325

Join lawyers and industry leaders from the Boston life sciences sector for panel discussions and networking on June 8th. The program will begin with two sessions covering hot topics for life sciences general counsel and the road ahead  in financing and transactions for life sciences companies. The two panel discussions will feature legal, business, and regulatory perspectives. Following the panels, attendees will enjoy a hosted bar, hors d’oeuvres, and networking on the rooftop terrace.

Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and meet new faces in the Boston life sciences industry.


Panel One
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Top Concerns for General Counsel: What Is Keeping You Up at Night?

  • Karoline Shair, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Akouos, Inc.
  • Chris Verni, General Counsel, Vigil Neuroscience
  • Michael Mencher, Cooley LLP
  • Brian Shea, Director, Legal Counsel, Oncorus
  • Brian Adams, Chief Legal Officer, Relay Therapeutics
  • Moderator: Hannah England, Ropes & Gray
  • Moderator: Chris Bellon, Chief Legal Officer, Beam Therapeutics

Panel Two
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM

The Road Ahead in Financing and Transactions for Life Sciences Companies

  • Phil McGurk, Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Development, Takeda
  • Ravneesh Sachdev, Head of Business Development, Apple Tree Ventures
  • Cheryl Gault, Chief Operating Officer, Cyclerion Thera
  • Rajarshi Banerjee, Ropes & Gray
  • Moderator: Suzanne Filippi, Morgan Lewis

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Hosted bar, hors d’oeuvres, and networking.



Christine Bellon

Christine Bellon
Beam Therapeutics

Hannah England

Hannah England
Ropes & Gray

Gittings Global - NE76834

Suzanne Filippi
Morgan Lewis

Courtney Thorne

Courtney Thorne


Discounted group rates available. Contact Mariah Hanlon at


  • 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.


If you are interested in sponsoring the Life Sciences Conference, please contact Mariah Hanlon at


BBA COVID Policy: For the safety of our members, staff, and the community, BBA programs are open only to those who are up to date with their COVID vaccines. “Up to date” currently means that you have received all doses recommended by the CDC in their primary series vaccine, and a booster dose when eligible.

If you have a religious or medical exemption from vaccination, you may attend a BBA event, but you are required to wear a mask. All others should feel free to wear masks if they choose to do so.

By registering for this event, you are attesting that you are up to date with your COVID vaccines or have a religious or medical exemption and that you will follow all local and venue specific rules regarding masking and social distancing.

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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