Moffitt Cancer Center Hosts 5th Annual Business of Biotech Conference

January 05, 2011

TAMPA, Fla. Moffitt Cancer Centerwill host its fifth-annual Business of Biotech conference from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Vincent A. Stabile Research Building, 12902 Magnolia Drive. This year’s theme is “Share the Science, Secure the Success.”

“We are delighted that Dr. Robert Tepper, a partner with Third Rock Ventures, will be featured as the keynote speaker for our conference,” said conference co-chairman Jarett Rieger, director of the Office of Technology Management and Commercialization and associate general counsel.  “Dr. Tepper is a distinguished scientist with more than 25 years of experience building and operating leading research and development operations. We are excited to hear his thoughts on creating a biotech ecosystem in the Tampa Bay area.” In 2007, Tepper co-founded Third Rock Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Boston.

The conference is free and focuses on opportunities for businesses and investors to network and collaborate in life sciences, biotechnology, medical devices, angel investing, venture capital, finance and intellectual property.

Breakout sessions will focus on:

  • How and why you should consider investing in life sciences
  • Start-up companies: Asking the tough questions before you get started
  • Latest trends in biotechnology licensing
  • Bringing a medical device to market in an uncertain environment

Partners include BioFlorida, Enterprise Florida, Florida Medical Manufacturers’ Consortium, Fowler White Boggs, Licensing Executives Society, Pinellas County Economic Development, Tampa Bay Partnership, and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.  The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required because seating is limited.  To register, go to or call 1-888-MOFFITT.

About Moffitt Cancer Center

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.