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October 2019

Investment Conference Seeks to Expand Venture Capital Access in Biohealth Capital Region · @BioBuzzMaryland

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Second annual Biohealth Capital Region Investment Conference set to connect emerging biohealth companies and investors seeking quality deals

October 1, 2019

The second annual BHCR Investment Conference, which is an invitation-only event, will be held at AstraZeneca in Gaithersburg on October 15 and 16, 2019.

BioHealth Innovation (BHI), J.P. Morgan, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR), Deloitte, AstraZeneca and The Maryland Department of Commerce have worked closely to ensure the 2019 investment conference builds on the success of last year’s event.

The inaugural Biohealth Capital Region Investment Conference was held on October 2018 and marked an inflection point for the Biohealth Capital Region (BHCR). Heeding the call for greater venture capital access for the region, the conference created a new opportunity for 95 companies and 25 international venture capitalists and biopharmaceutical organizations to connect and discuss potential partnerships face-to-face.

Historically, many startups in the region have relied heavily on government grant opportunities and other non-dilutive funding sources such as SBIR and STTR grants. However, when those are coupled with a developing venture capital infrastructure, it’s easy to see that access to funding is improving.

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NEA Partner, Sara Nayeem, M.D., Joins Rich Bendis on BioTalk

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New Enterprise Associates Partner, Sara Nayeem, M.D., Joins Host Rich Bendis to Discuss Her Career, Venture Capital, and BioPharma

Sara Nayeem, M.D., is a Partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Sara joined NEA’s healthcare team in 2009 and focuses on investments in biopharmaceutical companies. She serves on the boards of Centrexion, Complexa, Cydan, Imara, and Tiburio. She previously served on the boards of Vtesse (acquired by Sucampo), Mersana (MRSN) and Therachon and as a board observer for Loxo Oncology (LOXO, acquired by Lilly), Tesaro (TSRO, acquired by GlaxoSmithKline), Clementia (CMTA, acquired by Ipsen), Nightstar (NITE, acquired by Biogen), Ziarco (acquired by Novartis), Omthera (OMTH, acquired by AstraZeneca), Epizyme (EPZM), Millendo (MLND) and Zyngenia. She has also been involved in other NEA investments such as Prosensa (RNA, acquired by BioMarin), Metacrine, and 3-V Biosciences. She also serves on the board of BioHealth Innovation Management. Prior to joining NEA, Sara was an Associate with Merrill Lynch’s Global Healthcare Group, where she advised biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies on numerous mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions. Previously, she worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Morgan Stanley. She has conducted basic science research in mammalian cardiac development and clinical research in age-related macular degeneration. Sara concurrently earned her MD (cum laude) and MBA from Yale University, where she was a Yale MBA Scholar. She received her AB (magna cum laude) in Biology from Harvard University.

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