The Board Meeting series is designed to open minds and explore new trends that will translate into more effective governance and success throughout the life science industry.  The Board Meeting is an exclusive, invite-only, off the record meeting for life science CEOs and board members to discuss key issues and solve problems in an interactive and productive setting.





Sponsors gain access in an intimate and private setting with life science industry top leaders and decision makers.

For additional information, please contact Susan Grayson at susan@crushlifesicences.com or sponsor@crushlifesciences.com.


AGENDA - June 19, 2019

8:00 – 8:45 am                          
Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 am                          
Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 – 10:30 am
Crisis Communications: An Interactive Experience Among Stakeholders
Dale Weiss
, Senior Vice President and Crisis Practice Leader, CommCore Consulting Group

10:30 - 11:00 am
Networking Break                  

11:00 - 11:45 am
Creating the Lines of Communication
Ankit Mahadevia
, CEO, Spero Therapeutics; John Waid, Founder and CEO, C3 Corporate Culture Consulting
Moderator: Donna Higgins, President & CEO, The Higgins Group

11:45 - 12:30 pm
Sounding Board: The Board’s Role in the IPO Process
Lori Henderson
, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Moderna Therapeutics; Peter Verhaeghe, Chairman, Argenx
Bill Hicks, Co-Chair, Securities & Capital Markets, Mintz

12:30 - 1:30 pm
Networking Lunch

1:30 - 2:15 pm
Pricing Paradigm: A New Driver of Corporate Strategy
Roger Longman
, CEO, Real Endpoints; Bruce Nash, Chief Physician Executive and Senior Vice President, Health and Medical Management, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; Laura Randa, Vice President, Market Access, Novartis

2:15 - 3:00 pm
Patient Perception: Bringing the Patient into the Board Room
Robert Brown
, Founding Partner, Atlas Impact Partners; Rob Perez, Founder & Chairman, Life Science Cares; Mary Thistle, Chief of Staff, Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Initiative

3:00 - 3:30 pm                         
Networking Break

3:30 - 4:15 pm
Creating a Functioning Culture Within a Board
Milind Deshpande
, CEO, Nayan Therapeutics; Dan Fisher, Managing Partner and Consulting Psychologist, Contemporary Leadership Advisors; James Geraghty, Chairman of the Board, Idera Pharmaceuticals

4:15 - 5:00 pm

5:00 - 6:00 pm
Networking Cocktail Reception





Jay W. Lorsch

Jay W. Lorsch is the Louis Kirstein Professor of Human Relations at the Harvard Business School. He is editor of The Future of Boards: Meeting the Governance Challenges of the Twenty-First Century (2012) He is the author of over a dozen books, the most recent of which are Back to the Drawing Board: Designing Boards for a Complex World (with Colin B. Carter, 2003), Aligning the Stars: How to Succeed When Professionals Drive Results (with Thomas J. Tierney, 2002), and Pawns or Potentates: The Reality of America's Corporate Boards (1989). Organization and Environment (with Paul R. Lawrence) won the Academy of Management's Best Management Book of the Year Award and the James A. Hamilton Book Award of the College of Hospital Administrators in 1969