In just over a month, healthcare leaders, deal makers, investors, and startups will flock to San Francisco for the 37th annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. It’s where big deals are inked (and big bucks are shelled out for meeting space in hotel bars)—but there’s plenty of room for fun, too. The symposium draws thousands of healthcare and life science experts to every nook and cranny of the city for the conference itself, as well as the myriad of concurrent events and receptions.
Wondering which shindigs you should pencil into your packed calendar? We’ve done the work for you and curated a list of gatherings digital health enthusiasts won’t want to miss. Just grab your business cards, pack an umbrella, and get ready to tackle #JPM19 week.
Know of a great event that’s missing? Let us know—we’ll be continually updating this list as we hear about others.
Saturday, January 5th
Digital Orthopaedics Conference San Francisco
January 5-6 at the InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard Street
The Digital Orthopaedics Conference San Francisco bridges the worlds of digital health and clinical orthopaedics and thereby catalyzes the adoption of technology in musculoskeletal care. Senior representatives from healthcare, finance, startups, MSK providers in leadership roles, and payers are encouraged to participate. When you register, don’t forget to add the DOCSF Leadership Summit pass to your schedule—you’ll gain access to a session dedicated to how to run a decision accelerator and a design thinking simulation hosted by IDEO.
East/West CEO Conference And Cocktail Reception
January 5-6 at the Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street
Where are CEOs and VCs focusing in 2019? Hear from global leaders in venture capital and biopharma, with speakers representing Bayer, Novo Nordisk, Johnson & Johnson, and more—plus CEOs of rising startups like Verge Genomics and Atomwise. It’s an off-the-record forum to network and share insights on the industry outlook for the year ahead.
Regenerative Orthopaedics Conference San Francisco
January 5 at the InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard Street
While existing conferences focus on research and discovery aspects of TE/RM, there are no forums that integrate professionals from all stages required to traverse discovery to patients with musculoskeletal conditions. To address this need, ROCSF will bridge the worlds of biotechnology and clinical orthopedics to collaboratively identify critical gaps that must be addressed to enable significant innovation and rapid advancement of TE/RM approaches for orthopedic clinical indications.
Sunday, January 6th
5:30PM-8:00PM, location revealed during registration (RSVP required)
Meet with some of the leading CEOs, venture capitalists, and heads of BD in the life science community from all over the world for an evening of networking before the week gets underway. Insider tip—complimentary snacks and an open bar for anyone who RSVPs by January 4th.
10:00AM-5:30PM at Parc 55 San Francisco, 55 Cyril Magnin Street
What are the main forces at work in the burgeoning life sciences market in China? Join our friends at EBD Group for a gathering of over 250 companies and capitalize on cross-border investment and collaboration opportunities. Qualified investors get in for free.
State Bio Friends Kick Off Reception
4:00PM-7:00PM at The Marker San Francisco, 501 Geary Street (Invite only)
Kick off JPM Healthcare Week 2019 in style. Hosted by AZBio, Biocom, BioNJ, MichBio, NewYorkBio, and more, the State Bio Friends reception kicks off the largest annual gathering of healthcare innovators and healthcare investors in the world.
Monday, January 7th
MacDougall Biomedical Communications Four-Mile Fun Run
6:00AM-7:00AM at Union Square, 333 Post Street
Are you a runner? Or are you just trying to avoid getting soft during a week of non-stop meetings? Then head to Union Square, directly across from the Westin St. Francis (at the Dewey Monument), for a four-mile run to get the big week off to a vigorous start.
Rock Health Happy Hour
5:00PM-8:00PM at Collective Health (Invite only—at capacity)
Before and during the happy hour, attendees will have the opportunity to join us in supporting those affected by the recent California wildfires. For every $10 you donate to the Red Cross, California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund, and/or North Valley Community Foundation, you’ll get one entry in a raffle for a free pass to Rock Health Summit 2019. Just bring proof of your donation (e.g., an email or screenshot) and show it to us at the door—or bring cash to donate on-site. Please note this event is at capacity.
China: New El Dorado or Great Wall for Life Sciences Companies?
4:00PM-7:00PM at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, 600 Stockton Street
An experienced panel of industry leaders will discuss the dynamics and recent policy changes impacting cross-border investment and partnership between life sciences companies and investors in China, Europe and the US. The panel is hosted by McDermott Will & Emery, Healthcare Drinks and the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Association (SAPA). A networking cocktail reception will immediately follow the panel.
Digital Medicine & Medtech Showcase
January 7-9 at Parc 55 San Francisco, 55 Cyril Magnin Street
With your registration to Digital Medicine & Medtech Showcase, you also get complimentary access to all 3 days at Biotech Showcase™. You can also RSVP to free sessions, such as “The Future of AI Powered Healthcare” and attend “The Investor Pulse” panel moderated by Rock Health’s Director of Research, Megan Zweig.
Innovation @ Penn: Partnerships and Perspectives
3:00PM-5:15PM at Wharton San Francisco
Plug into the Penn Center for Innovation community and hear from Melinda Richter, Global Head of JLABS, followed by a panel with Penn’s neuroscientific innovators and startups. Stick around for the networking reception after.
Hospital/Health System Collaborative Transformation Forum
9:30AM-1:05PM at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, 600 Stockton Street
As today’s hospital and health system market faces new levels of disruption, experts are teaming up to embrace the opportunities and meet the challenges head-on. The transformation from fee-for-service to value-based purchasing is driving new and creative care delivery models, which demand flexibility and a tolerance for risk. Innovation brings new solutions and technologies to the table—along with increased competition from entities outside the health ecosystem. And capital-rich markets enable game-changing transactions, impactful to a system’s long-term financial strategies. Leading professionals from across the industry will discuss how to position your organization to innovate, collaborate and grow in this dynamic environment.
Leadership Sessions Hosted By Deloitte
January 7-9, 8:00AM-6:00PM at the Martin Lawrence Galleries, 366 Geary Street
Deloitte—a premier sponsor at this year’s Rock Health Summit—is a driving force in healthcare innovation. Looking to connect with Deloitte’s leadership? You’re in luck. Secure an exclusive 1:1 meeting by registering now or emailing Deloitte the name of the subject matter specialist(s) you’d like to meet with—a Deloitte team member will be in touch soon to confirm arrangements.
Tuesday, January 8th
ClinCapture Happy Hour
5:00PM-8:00PM at ClinCapture, 1428 Bush Street
Make a pit stop in one of the coolest neighborhoods in SF at the offices of ClinCapture, which is bringing electronic data capture for clinical trials into the 21st century. Network with biotechnology entrepreneurs while enjoying appetizers, drinks, and live music by DJ Robot!
RESI (Redefining Early Stage Investments) Conference
8:00AM-7:00PM at The Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel, 609 Sutter Street
RESI is an established and ongoing conference series that provides an international venue for early-stage life science companies across biotech, medtech, diagnostics and digital health to source investors from around the globe, create relationships, and potentially, secure funding.
Whiskey Sips And Tips, Hosted by Deloitte and Bridge Bank
7:00PM-11:00PM at Hops & Hominy, 1 Tillman Place
Interested in tasting some whiskey and networking with like-minded individuals? Join Deloitte and Bridge Bank for their annual Whiskey Sips and Tips event held in the Financial District.
Wednesday, January 9th
AI in Healthcare @ JP Morgan Healthcare Conference
6:00PM-9:00PM at NextWorld Capital, 836 Montgomery Street
The ‘Artificial Intelligence’ buzzword finally made it into healthcare. But what exactly is AI doing in healthcare? To answer that question, MITCNC turned to the start-up community. Their answers ran the gamut from drug discovery, to secure data exchange, insurer coordination, medical imaging, risk prediction, at-home patient care, and even to medical billing. AI applications such as these will be showcased at MITCNC’s event, by companies including Health Linkages, Cogitativo, Multiply Labs, Kali Care, HeartFlow, twoXAR, Bay Labs, Grand Rounds, Oasis Labs, Syntekabio, Catalia Health, Bioage, and more companies to be announced – keep checking back!
A Lunchtime Conversation With Digital Health Pioneers
11:00AM-1:30PM at The Ritz-Carlton, 600 Stockton Street
Pioneers in digital health will explore how the traditional health care environment is expanding to capture new and innovative products and services to improve care quality and access, and reduce health care spending. Lunch will be provided.
StartX Happy Hour
5:00PM-7:00PM at Jones, 620 Jones Street (Invite only)
Mingle with StartX Med’s network of Stanford’s top medical founders, VCs, and key opinion leaders at their private event with an opportunity to connect in an intimate setting. Complimentary drinks and food are included. Request an invitation here.
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