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May 13, 2021 | 8:00 AM - May 14, 2021 | 1:45 PM PDT
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Overview (Program Summary)

LS 2021

Join us May 13 & 14

All in-house counsel welcome!

Join fellow ACC members for our inaugural Life Sciences conference. All in-house counsel are welcome. Earn 7 hours of CA CLE credit, participate in multiple business card draws for wine and gift cards, and attend 4+ sessions for the chance to win a set of Bose Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones.

Learn from our esteemed sponsors and in-house panelists, from Applied Molecular TransportAtara BiotherapeuticsAtrecaExelixisPACT PharmaJohnson & Johnson and more!

Step 1:
Register May 13

Step 2:
Register May 14


• Coffee Experience
8:00a – 9:00a
Guided Artisanal Coffee Tasting
**, presented by NetDocuments. (Sold Out)

• Session 1
9:00a – 10:00a
Trends in Life Science Deals Through the Covid-19 Pandemic
, presented by Reed Smith

Paul Pitts, Partner, Reed Smith
LiLing Poh, Partner, Reed Smith
Sameer Desai, Assistant General Counsel, Johnson & Johnson
Tracy Dooley, Venture Partner, Avestria Ventures

It’s been a busy year for the life science industry despite the pandemic and dealmakers have developed new strategies to increase recovery and capture market leadership. Given the deal activity particularly with respect to acquisitions, investments and partnerships, we’ll discuss trends such as changes in due diligence, increased focus on certain regulatory matters and other accelerated life sciences trends.

• Session 2
10:15a – 11:15a
Emerging From the Pandemic: Labor & Employment “Hot Topics” for Life Sciences Companies
, presented by Faegre Drinker

Cheryl D. Orr, Partner, Faegre Drinker
Lynne Anne Anderson, Partner, Faegre Drinker
Pascal Benyamini, Partner, Faegre Drinker
Jennee DeVore, Senior Director and Counsel, Legal Affairs, Exelixis, Inc. 

So much has changed in our world because of the pandemic. As the rollout of vaccines starts to take hold and we think about returning to some semblance of normalcy in the second half of the year, our discussions will primarily focus on key issues — outside of the pandemic — that life sciences companies should be considering in the months ahead. However, given the monumental shift in work culture due to COVID-19, we would be remiss not to touch upon key considerations, legal or otherwise, relating to remote/flexible work.

• Session 3
11:30a – 12:30p
Clinical Trials - Lessons Learned from the Pandemic
, presented by Arnold & Porter

Vinita Kailasanath, Partner, Arnold & Porter
Dan Kracov, Partner, Arnold & Porter
Jami Mills Vibbert, Partner, Arnold & Porter
Alice Um Kope, Assistant General Counsel, Atara Biotherapeutics

This panel will cover trial recruitment, use of digital and connected health solutions, changes to the associated contracts and contracting process, impact of COVID and digital and connected health solutions on privacy compliance (including GDPR), etc.


• Session 4
9:00a – 10:00a
Identifying and Mitigating Risks in Manufacturing and Supply Relationships, presented by Cooley

Lila Hope, Partner, Cooley
Jane Wright-Mitchell, General Counsel, Vaxcyte

Common risk factors in manufacturing and supply vendor relationships. Discussion to include practice pointers for risk mitigation in manufacturing and supply agreements.

• Session 5
10:15a – 11:15a
Life Sciences Litigation: A Look at Milestone Disputes and Recent Trends
, presented by Keker, Van Nest & Peters

Laurie Mims, Partner, Keker, Van Nest & Peters
Jennifer Huber, Partner, Keker, Van Nest & Peters
Ann Byers, Director, Dispute Management, SRS Acquiom

Milestone payments are a key component of many life science M&A and licensing agreements, and regularly give rise to litigation given the amounts at stake.  Join us as we discuss recent trends in life sciences litigation with a focus on milestone disputes and the impact of COVID-related delays.  Our featured speakers will also discuss recommended approaches to drafting milestone provisions and handling post-agreement communications and conduct drawn from litigation experience.

• Session 6
11:30a – 12:30p
Managing Intellectual Property Operations in a Pandemic: Strategies for Keeping Stakeholders Involved and On-Target (And What Will Stick in a Post-Pandemic World)
, presented by Baker Botts

Steven Lendaris, Partner, Baker Botts
Traci Ropp, Vice President, Intellectual Property, Atreca, Inc.
Jessie Richardson, Executive Director, Intellectual Property, PACT Pharma, Inc.
Connie Wong, Head of Intellectual Property, Applied Molecular Transport, Inc.

Join us as we explore best operational practices for life science companies to implement during the pandemic. Our panel will walk through common IP issues while discussing strategies to work with legal and scientific colleagues, as well as outside counsel to keep stakeholders involved and on-target.

• Lunch
12:30p – 12:45p
Pizza Lunch Delivery & Conversation
(Signup Closed)

• Session 7
12:45p – 1:45p
Preventative Medicine for BioTech Companies: Lessons Learned from Life Sciences Securities Litigation
, presented by Wilson Sonsini

Nicki Locker, Partner, Wilson Sonsini
Catherine Moreno, Partner, Wilson Sonsini

Life sciences companies, which are involved in high-stakes clinical trials and FDA applications, increasingly are targets of shareholder plaintiffs' lawyers. Unfavorable trial results, Form 483s and warning letters, and adverse FDA decisions often lead to class action securities lawsuits. The featured speakers will provide practical tips to help companies and their officers and directors mitigate the risk of securities litigation by implementing prudent disclosure practices drawn from recent securities class action decisions.

Step 1:
Register May 13
8:00am - 12:30pm

Step 2:
Register May 14
9:00am - 1:45pm

This conference will be delivered via Zoom and participants must register separately for each day of the conference, and sign in using their own link, for CLE tracking purposes. *Draw will take place at 12:45pm on May 14 during the networking lunch and participants must be present to win. 


Credits: 7.0
State: California
Category: General

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