“We are rapidly becoming the major biotech/pharma hub in the US. As senior medical leaders, we should be meeting to discuss critical industry issues, network, and expand our horizons beyond the day-to-day activities in our respective organizations. We can learn about progress, share our experiences & ideas and, of course, describe our challenges and success stories.” Akshay Vaishnaw, Chief Medical Officer, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
The idea for the Boston CMO Network grew out of discussions between Akshay Vaishnaw, Chief Medical Officer for Alnylam and other senior physician executives in the Boston biotech hub. They all recognized a need for Boston-area biotech and pharma medical leaders to meet periodically to exchange ideas, network, and share interesting news and opinions. Steve Rauscher of BioPharm Physicians worked with the group to organize and plan activities. Al Sandrock, SVP of Medical Research-Neurology at Biogen Idec graciously agreed to host the first event.
Boston CMO Network Inaugural Event
On November 10, 2011, the Boston CMO Network held its first networking event at the Biogenic Idec Cambridge campus. Fifty senior physician executives from the Boston area biotech and pharmaceutical industry gathered to hear Christoph Westphal MD PhD, Founder and Partner of Longwood Fund, present “Ups and Downs for Drug Innovation — a Dozen Years in Boston Biotech”. A lively Q&A session ensued, which continued during the reception that followed.
Attendees were surveyed about upcoming events. Most recommended that 3 or 4 events per year would be the ideal frequency. Suggested ideas for future topics included the following:
The next Boston CMO Network Event is planned for late February or early March, 2012