Top 10 Reasons to Attend 2016 BIO International Convention

Posted by Steve Joseph on May 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

BIO-CONVENTION-LOGO_HORIZONTAL_D_CMYK.pngJune 6-9, 2016 | San Francisco, CA

The BIO International Convention returns to the birthplace of biotech, San Francisco, California for 2016! The Bay Area continues to grow and advance biomedical innovation while continuing to offer programs and services to support new medical advances. Join the global biotech community in San Francisco and see how the everyday becomes extraordinary at BIO 2016!

Why Attend BIO?

The BIO International Convention (BIO) attracts over 15,000 biotechnology and pharma leaders who come together for one week of intensive networking to discover new opportunities and promising partnerships. This event covers a wide spectrum of life science and application areas including drug discovery, biomanufacturing, genomics, biofuels, nanotechnology and cell therapy. 

About the Attendees:

  • One-third of BIO attendees come from outside the U.S. 
  • 2,500+ CEO's from leading biotech companies
  • More than 70% of attendees are either Managers, Directors, C-Level or Executive Management.
  • All company sizes: 33% of attendees are from companies with more than 500 employees and 40% are from companies with fewer than 50 employees.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend BIO International Convention

  1. Find partners, sustain projects and find funding in the BIO One-on-One Partnering System
  2. Ability to connect efficiently: Meet with 4,000+ attending companies and 1,800+ exhibiting companies 
  3. Gain new perspectives from executive visionaries in our new Fireside Chats (announced late February)  
  4. Network with 2,500 CEOs and 15,000+ attendees from 69 countries
  5. Explore solutions and meet service providers in one of our 7 product focus zones or specialty zones. 
  6. Super Sessions exploring the latest on biotechnology's hot button issues (sessions announced late February)
  7. Attend one of our 18 education tracks featuring new topics: brain health, biotherapeutic delivery and clinical trials
  8. Attend an array of networking events and high-end parties showcasing the best of the Bay
  9. Tuesday night Exhibitor Hospitality Receptions in the BIO Exhibition
  10. Hear the latest innovations from Patient & Health groups in the Alliance Pavilion in the BIO Exhibition

ShareVault hopes to see you there!

Topics: Events

The Nuts & Bolts of Due Diligence in BioPharma Partnering [webinar]

Posted by Steve Joseph on May 18, 2016 12:29:15 PM

Nuts-and-Bolts-Artwork.pngWe hope to see you at this year's BIO International Convention June 6th through 9th in San Francisco. The BIO International Convention attracts over 15,000 biotechnology and pharma leaders who come together for one week of intensive networking to discover new opportunities and promising partnerships. The event covers a wide spectrum of life science and application areas including drug discovery, biomanufacturing, genomics, biofuels, nanotechnology and cell therapy. 

To help you better prepare for the often complex partnering process ShareVault and BIO, along with LES, have teamed up to present a web panel discussion intitled, "The Nuts & Bolts of Due Diligence in BioPharma Partnering." This live and lively discussion will focus on best practices for due diligence for forming productive biopharma partnerships. 

During the panel, biotech licensing and pharmaceutical business development consultant Linda Pullan will be joined by six panelists who are experts in the field of biopharma partnering due diligence.

Reserve Your Spot Now!

The panel includes two due diligence experts from global pharmaceutical companies, the Chief Operating Officer of a biopharma with cancer drugs in development in partnership with a global pharmaceutical company, an attorney with expertise in biotechnology licensing, and two consultants with expertise in corporate and business development and the issues that arise during due diligence and afterward, if due diligence hasn't been done well. 

The panelists will discuss the most important aspects to consider during the due diligence process leading up to a successful partnership. Among the topics covered in the discussion are:

  • The importance of IP due diligence
  • What large pharma expects when entering due diligence with a biopharma company
  • Best ways to present and stage information that is disclosed to a potential partner
  • Common mistakes and how to avoid them 
  • How to recognize potential problems and address them early in the process
  • The best practices for the best long-term partnerships
  • And more...

If you are seeking to partner with another biopharmaceutical company, or desire to out- or in-license a drug or other asset, you'll want to hear these perspectives.

Linda_Pullan.jpgAbout the Panelists:

Linda Pullan, PhD
Pullan Consulting

Linda offers biotech and pharmaceutical companies consulting in all aspects of partnering. Linda has a PhD in Biochemistry, a BS in Chemistry, and more than twenty years of drug industry experience.

James_McCarthy-sm.jpgJames A. McCarthy, CLP, MBA
Corporate and Business Development, Alliance Management, CorpDev Ventures

Jim has thirty years of life sciences professional experiences. His background includes a twenty-five year career with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly & Company and over fifteen years in international corporate business development and licensing roles. These efforts included projects and deals in over 30 countries with over 80 completed agreements across a range of transactions valued in excess of $900 million. He holds an MBA from Indiana University, a B.S. in Physical Therapy from SUNY Upstate Medical Center, and is a recipient of the Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) designation.

Natalie_Mirutenko-sm.pngNatalie Mirutenko, PhD
Transaction and Due Diligence Senior Director for the Center of External Innovation at Takeda

Natalie is an accomplished biopharmaceutical Business Development professional with a strong track record of results oriented achievements in technology, company, and product licensing and acquisition. She has over 35 years of diversified biopharmaceutical experience, with scientific, financial, strategic, and business perspective. Her extensive experience also includes leading scientific assessment, due diligence and deal valuation, negotiation and execution with a genuine passion for seeking out new business opportunities and creative deal structures. She is an Immunologist by training and is an accomplished business executive with 35 years of business development, licensing and drug development experience.

David_Snitman-sm.jpgDavid L. Snitman, PhD
Partner, DL Snitman Inc and Former COO, Array BioPharma

David is a partner in a biotech business development-consulting agency, DL Snitman Inc. He is a Cofounder of Array BioPharma and had served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Business Development from 1998 to 2015. During his tenure at Array he lead over a dozen partnering deals, providing more then $600M in non-dilutive capital. He served as a member of the Board of Directors from May 1998 to October 2012. Prior to forming Array, David held various positions with Amgen Inc. since 1981, including Associate Director, New Products and Technology and Manager of Amgen's Boulder research facility. David received a BS in chemistry from Northeastern University and obtained a PhD in the synthesis of natural products from the University of Colorado. He was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Patrick_Gattari-sm.jpgPatrick Gattari, JD
Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff

Patrick's practice focuses on patent prosecution and technology licensing, with emphasis in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and medical devices. His 20-plus years of practice has emphasized patent portfolio management and the licensing, acquisition, and sale of intellectual property. Prior to joining MBHB, Patrick was patent counsel at Dade Behring, Inc. (now Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics). Early in his career, he worked for Abbott Laboratories in a variety of positions focusing on the development and production of pharmaceuticals and diagnostic products.

Anne-Marie-Costelloe-sm.jpgAnn-Marie Costelloe, AFBPS, Chartered Organization Psychologist | Executive Consultant, Somerville Partners

With over 20 years of organizational development consulting with organizations, teams and individuals, Ann-Marie directly contributes to financial success by customizing solutions to assist leaders increase employee engagement and contributions, align strategy and tactics, and elevate performance across the business. Ann-Marie also provides due diligence assessments of target management teams for VC and PE firms.

William_Gangi-sm.jpgWilliam Gangi, MS, MBA | Director, Due Diligence Program Manager - Corporate Development, Shire

William currently serves as a Director, Due Diligence Program Manager within the Corporate Development department at Shire. He has 20 years of drug development, commercialization and strategic operations experience within the biopharmaceutical industry. He received a BS and MS in Biology from St. John's University and a MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Reserve Your Spot Now!

Topics: Webinars

Bio One-on-One Partnering is Now Open!

Posted by Steve Joseph on May 3, 2016 11:29:10 AM



BIO-logo-1.pngJune 6-9, 2016



Join us for another record-breaking year: 3100+ companies

in 29,000+ BIO One-on-One Partnering Meetings

Spend more time meeting potential partners and developing your business at BIO 2016! An additional half day of partnering meetings has been added on Monday, June 6, giving you a full three and a half days to meet with innovators, in-licensors, investors and buyers in San Francisco.

Register Now

 Register with Convention Access + Partnering to access the system, set up your company profile and calendar, and find companies you want to meet with at BIO 2016. Our stats show that those who send meeting requests early get the most meetings.

NEW! Allicense is at BIO2016! The premiere BD thought-leadership conference will be housed inside BIO2016 on June 8th

Upgrade your registration to hobnob with the dealmakers!

Once you register for Partnering, you will receive your credentials within 1-3 business days.

Watch the Partnering Video |  Training Videos

We hope to see you there!


Topics: Events

Mansour Salame Joins ShareVault Board of Directors

Posted by Richard Andersen on Apr 20, 2016 4:55:46 PM

mansour-salame.jpgShareVault is pleased to announce that Mansour Salame has joined the board of directors of Pandesa Corporation, dba ShareVault. As a former customer of ShareVault, Mansour knows the product, and understands that using ShareVault for due diligence can lead to increased valuation.

Previously a ShareVault Customer

As CEO of Contactual, which was acquired by 8x8 in 2011, Mansour selected ShareVault as a virtual data room for sharing documents during the due diligence process. Although the company had been using Box for sharing other types of documents, Mansour realized that a tool like ShareVault would provide much better control for due diligence. "Using Box instead of ShareVault would have cost me money because I would not have been able to adequately control document access during the stages of the due diligence process. In addition, using ShareVault gave us the credibility and level of professionalism that was invaluable. Access to information in a competitive industry is crucial, so being able to control access in a staged way according to deadlines gave us additional leverage", said Mansour. Describing his anticipated contribution to the company he commented "ShareVault has demonstrated that delivering rigorous document security does not require sacrificing ease-of-use.  I enthusiastically look forward to contributing to the company's continued growth as a board member."  

Serial Entrepreneur

Mansour is a successful technology executive and entrepreneur. His first startup NextAge Technologies was acquired by Alcatel (NYSE: ALU). His second startup, Contactual, was acquired by 8x8 (Nasdaq: EGHT). He has recently founded his 3rd Startup, FrontSpin. He also served on the Board of Directors of 8x8. Prior to NextAge he was an executive at Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc. and a management consultant at Andersen Consulting (Accenture). Mansour has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University

Positioned for Growth

"We are thrilled to have Mansour on the board as we position ShareVault for accelerated growth in 2016. His strategic mindset and his focus on business instrumentation are already proving to be invaluable," said Richard Andersen, founder and CEO of ShareVault. “Mansour’s addition to our already experienced board poises us for accelerated growth this year and beyond.”


Topics: Company, News

Join Us at the 3rd Due Diligence Summit for Life Sciences, May 18-20!

Posted by Steve Joseph on Apr 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

3rd_due_diligence_summit_logo.jpgShareVault cordially invites you to join us as we partner with ExL Pharma for the 3rd Due Diligence Summit for Life Sciences. 

At the 3rd Due Diligence Summit for Life Sciences, taking place on May 18-19 in Boston, attendees will hear from 18+ industry leaders about their thoughts on, approaches to and insights regarding strategic alliances through multiple case studies and standalone sessions.

This premier event will provide an overview of the proven strategies and insights of due diligence leaders from medical device, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and discuss how best to maneuver the rapidly changing landscape of the industry.

Taking place in an intimate, relaxed setting, this summit is ideal for engaging and networking. View the agenda and the lineup of expert faculty or download the brochure for more information. 

As a supporter of this event, ShareVault is pleased to offer you a 15% discount off the standard registration rate.

Register Now

To take advantage of this offer, register using
Discount Code: C787SV

About ShareVault

Over the past several years, ShareVault has become a leading virtual data room provider in the life sciences industry. The company’s worldwide customers (in 48 countries) range from two-person virtual biotechs to large pharma and also include medical device and diagnostics manufacturers, small to large CROs and CMOs, health care systems, and life science-specific venture capital firms.

Within the biopharma arena, ShareVault is commonly used both for out-licensing and in-licensing as well as for M&A, and for sharing sensitive documents with internal regulatory affairs departments, CROs, CMOs and external regulatory advisors. ShareVault has also been adopted by large pharma for some extremely sensitive applications such as clinical trial transparency.

Topics: Events

What's Hot & What's Not in Immuno-Oncology Licensing [white paper]

Posted by Steve Joseph on Apr 11, 2016 1:59:25 PM

immuno-oncology-sm.jpgAlthough only four years old, the field of immuno-oncology has become so ubiquitous that experts agree that to be a player in oncology you absolutely must focus on immuno-oncology. In October and December of 2015 ShareVault assembled a panel of five experts in the I-O field to discuss what's especially exciting in the I-O space as well as what may not be so promising, and why. 

Those two web panel discussions have now been consolidated into a single white paper that is available for download

During the panels biotech licensing and pharmaceutical business development consultant Linda Pullan served as moderator, and four panelists contributed to the discussion. The panelists included business development experts from two global pharmaceutical companies, a leading academic cancer center, and a top business development consulting firm. 

The white paper covers: 

  • Whether it's too late to get into PD1 and other checkpoint inhibitors
  • How they judge immuno-oncology combinations
  • If CAR-T can go into solid tumors
  • The impact of business models on cell therapy
  • Winning strategies for deals in immuno-oncology licensing
  • Cell recruitment, biomarkers and Innate Immunity
  • The most effective criteria for licensing
  • Strategy and deal terms
  • And more...

If you're developing an immuno-oncology drug or working toward in- or out-licensing one, these perspectives will be invaluable. 

Get the White Paper

The panelists:

Linda Pullan, PhD, Pullan Consulting

Jeff Bockman, PhD, Vice President, Defined Health

Ferran Pratt, PhD, Vice President of Strategic Industry Ventures, MD Anderson

Axel Hoos, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President, Head Oncology R&D, GSK

Nate Sanburn, MS Director, Eastern Region, Medical Oncology, Eli Lilly & Company


Topics: White Papers

New FinTech Funding Alternatives for Life Science Companies [webinar]

Posted by Steve Joseph on Apr 11, 2016 1:21:07 PM

HealthcareCapitalMarkets-400.jpgOn Thursday, April 21, 2016 ShareVault will present an informative webinar on exploring new Financial Technology Funding Alternatives for Life Science companies.

In this one-hour webinar, Scott Jordan, CEO of S. Jordan Associates and Co-Founder of HealthiosXchange, will summarize the impact of FinTECH (Financial Technology) and Legislation (JOBS Act) on financing, licensing, and “exit” (IPOs) activity in the healthcare industry.

Register for the   Free Webinar

Scott will highlight the various “Titles” of the JOBS Act and how companies can leverage it to advance their development programs including:

  • Title II of the JOBS Act: Rule 506 © - General Solicitation

Description: Title II allows general solicitation of investors online; meaning presenting deal terms (share price, # of shared offered/outstanding) to prospective investors without a previous relationship.

 FinTECH Portals: AngelMD, AngelList, Healthfundr, HealthiosXchange, Springboard

Questions: Can I leverage FinTECH portals to raise awareness of my equity offering and raise the probability of closing funding round from retail and institutional investors? How should I set my expectations regarding the amount of capital I can raise online under Title II?

  • Title III of the JOBS Act: Crowdfunding

Description: Title III allows non-accredited investors to invest in private companies broadening the investor base of healthcare companies.

FinTECH Portals: Title III becomes effective in May of 2016.

Questions: How can I aggregate smaller investments from retail investors and make them look more institutional? Given investor limits (caps), can I raise enough capital to justify pursuing a capital raise under Title III? What stage of development and market sectors (i.e. HIT, diagnostics) are best suited for this financing vehicle?

  • Title IV of JOBS Act: Reg A+, Mini-IPO

Description: Reg A+ allows companies to raise up to $20M under Tier 1 and $50M under Tier 2 and simultaneously list on a public stock exchange.

FinTECH Portals: StartEngine, WR Hambrecht

Questions:  Given I have a mid-late stage biopharma company, can I leverage Reg A+ to simultaneously raise capital and list on an exchange (OTCQX, NASDAQ)? Do I need to hire an underwriter to secure investors, or can I leverage social media/general solicitation in place of bankers?

Case Study: Aperion Biologics – Hired WR Hambrecht to raise equity from non-accredited and accredited investors under Reg A+

About Scott Jordan

Scott_Jordan.jpgScott Jordan is the CEO of S. Jordan Associates, a management consulting firm dedicated to assisting healthcare companies leverage technology (FinTECH) to raise capital, secure licensing agreements and “exits” (M&A, IPO). Scott Jordan is also the Co-Founder of the leading healthcare online investment marketplace, HealthiosXchange, and an Advisor to Capbridge, the global private capital exchange connecting institutional investors to professionally led, syndicated transactions.

Previously Scott held senior-level business development and commercialization positions with biopharma companies including NeoPharm and Akorn Opthalmics. Scott graduated from Michigan State University and holds an MBA from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

Find out how ShareVault can protect your most confidential documents when you share them with outside parties by downloading our free white paper, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Data Rooms:

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Data Rooms White Paper

Topics: Events

ShareVault Software Update - New Expiration Date Feature

Posted by John Badger on Apr 4, 2016 12:26:45 PM

expiration.pngLos Gatos, CA - ShareVault now has a policy expiration feature, which enables you to configure a policy that automatically removes access to documents assigned to the policy at a specified date and time.

Using the new feature couldn't be easier. Just create a new policy with the desired security attributes, check the "expiration" checkbox and set the date/time that you want access to expire. Apply the policy to tags (folders) and/or documents as desired. At the specified date/time, access rights to the content associated with the policy will be revoked for the appropriate users and/or groups. To extend the expiration date, just click the date before it expires and pick a later expiration date/time.

The software update has been automatically applied to all ShareVaults, so there's nothing that existing users need to do to take advantage of the new functionality.



Topics: Products, Software Update, News

Announcing ShareVault for Android

Posted by John Badger on Mar 27, 2016 1:07:24 PM

We're proud to announce that the ShareVault app for Android is available for download now on Google Play for Android phones and tablets.

ShareVault on Google Play

ShareVault for Android provides a simple and fast solution for securely accessing ShareVault content on-the-go:

  • Compatible with all Android phones and tablets
  • Optimized for device screen size: On larger Android tablets, the document page takes advantage of the larger screen size by including a split screen category pane and file list with thumbnails, for improved user experience, while downgrading elegantly to the screen size of smaller devices by eliminating the split screen display and thumbnails.
  • Integrated Secure Document Viewer: ShareVault's new Android secure document viewer is built-in to ShareVault for Android, and provides the full suite of ShareVault security and tracking features, while providing a fast, smooth and accurate document viewing experience.
  • Document security in the viewer is based on the ShareVault policy associated with the document being viewed, and supports the appropriate security features: Dynamic watermarking, disabled copy/paste, disabled save, disabled document forwarding, disabled print, as well as both page-level and time-based activity tracking.
  • Includes document category browsing, including tags, "recent" (what's new?), "file type" and "published by". Additional categories for administrators are "viewed by" and "viewable by".
  • Simple Favorites mechanism makes it quick and easy to mark documents or tags of interest to you: just tap the star!
  • Full support of both portrait and landscape screen orientation - just rotate your device, and the display instantly adapts.
  • Change your ShareVault preferences: user profile, password and email notification preferences.
  • Full Unicode support for user generated content in international character sets, including Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Armenian, Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac, Thaana, Devanagari, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Sinhala, Thai, Lao, Tibetan, Myanmar, Georgian, Hangul, Ethiopic, Cherokee, Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, Khmer, Mongolian, Han, Hiragana, Katakana, and Yi.


The ShareVault Android app is ONLY for ShareVault users with an active ShareVault account. You will not be able to use ShareVault for Android without an active ShareVault user account.
ShareVault for Android provides mobile browsing, searching and viewing of documents in ShareVault, and does not support ShareVault administrator features or Q&A.

ShareVault for Android is virtually identical in functionality to ShareVault for iOS, announced in 2013:

Topics: Products, Software Update

How to Select the Best Suppliers for Building Medical Devices

Posted by Steve Joseph on Mar 16, 2016 8:35:34 AM

Selecting-Suppliers-to-Help-You-Build-Medical-Devices-600.jpgThursday March 31, 2016 | 11AM - 12PM PDT

Few decisions are as important for medical device companies as selecting an outsourcing supplier. Most businesses use suppliers to provide goods and services to supplement their internal resources. The types of goods and services vary widely, and for a medical company may include purchasing standard components, design and manufacture of custom components, regulatory advice and submissions, and clinical study protocols and execution. Using suppliers is an excellent way to get access to skills and technology that aren’t available internally. So, how does a company choose the right outsoucing supplier? On March 31, 2016 ShareVault will present a free webinar entitled, "Selecting Suppliers to Help You Build Medical Devices." The webinar will be presented by Maren Nelson of M Nelson Consulting. 

After both working with suppliers to medical device companies and being a supplier to medical device companies, Maren Nelson has learned some key factors to consider at the beginning of a relationship that can help achieve the best outcomes. Often rushing to start a project means these key steps get overlooked or set aside for later.

In this webinar, Maren will cover:

  • When should you consider using a supplier
  • The key differences between standard/OTS and custom part suppliers
  • Methods and tools for managing suppliers
  • How to transition between suppliers and internal resources
  • Best practices for tackling issues, managing risk and meeting regulatory expectations


Maren Nelson has developed multiple medical devices during her career. Her projects have included internal and external resources for both the development and manufacturing of new products and product changes.

Maren currently consults on medical product development strategy and Quality Management System implementation and improvements.

Prior to her current role, Maren was a Senior Director at Physio-Control, where she led the R&D Engineering team responsible for monitor and defibrillator development. Maren also supported regulatory compliance activities for Design Controls and externals audits.

Register for Webinar

Topics: Events

About ShareVault

Simple & Secure Document Sharing

ShareVault offers virtual data rooms for securely sharing documents with third parties. Typically used to share due diligence documents during M&A, partnering, fundraising and other dealmaking scenarios, ShareVault is increasingly being used for a wide variety of other applications, primarily in highly regulated industries, for securely sharing documents with third parties. ShareVault can be set up and deployed in an hour, yet offers enterprise-grade security and scaleability.

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