2021 BioPacific Conference

Date: October 30, 2021 @ 8:30 am – @ 4:30 pm
Location: Virtual Zoom Conference


Oct 30, 2021  08:30AM-4:30PM US Pacific Time 

Meeting ID: 997 6447 7339

Passcode: CABS2021

CABS is one of the largest non-profit biopharmaceutical professional organizations in San Francisco Bay Area. We are very pleased to host our 22nd annual conference virtually on Oct 30, 2021. This year's conference theme is “Passion for Better Medicine - Leading Biotechnology and Innovation”. We are expecting to attract more than 600 attendees globally, from the life science and Biopharmaceutical industries. The conference features 2 keynote speeches, 19 podium presentations and 2 panel discussions. The covered topics include: cutting-edge science and technology including gene therapy, cell therapy and next generation cancer immunotherapy; patent and legal considerations in life sciences; latest developments in biopharmaceutical policies and regulations; cross-border investment trend and M&A deals in the life sciences field during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Highlight of 2021 BioPacific Conference 

  • Targeted Cas9/gRNA delivery for potential in vivo genome editing
  • New technology to develop drugs for previously undruggable targets
  • Winners of the 2021 CABS K. Fong Award in Life Sciences
  • Machine learning for drug development
  • Cancer immunotherapy in the post checkpoint Inhibitor era
  • New technologies in cell therapy
  • A first-in-class small molecular drug developed for HIV treatment
  • Regulatory considerations for early cancer detection and precision oncology 
  • Status review of COVID-19 pandemic
  • Investment trend and deal discussions in biopharmaceutical industries
  • IP and patent highlights in recent years

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Abstracts (PDF)

Morning Session

8:30 AM – 8:50 AM

Breakout Room Networking

8:50 AM – 8:55 AM

Welcome Remarks

Carrie Wang, MD, President-Elect of CABS and 2021 BioPacific Conference Organizing Committee Chair

8:55 AM – 9:00 AM

State of the Society

Yang Tian, PhD, President of CABS

9:00 AM – 9:35 AM

Keynote 1: Traffic of Cas9-gRNA Between Cultured Human Cells Mediated by Cell-Cell Contact

Randy Schekman, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley

2013 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

9:35 AM – 10:00 AM

CABS K. Fong Award in Life Sciences

Fireside Chat, Presenter: Kenneth Fong, PhD, Chairman, Kenson Ventures LLC


John O. Link, PhD, Former VP, Gilead Sciences, Inc (Retired)

Xian-Ping Lu, PhD, Founder, Chairman and CEO, ChipScreen BioSciences

10:00 AM-10:25 AM

K. Fong Award Speech: Reshaping Biotech Landscape in China

Xian-Ping Lu, PhD, Founder, Chairman and CEO, ChipScreen BioSciences Co.

10:25 AM – 10:50 AM

K. Fong Award Speech: Lenacapavir: A Twice-Yearly Dosed First-in-Class HIV Capsid Inhibitor 

John O. Link, PhD, Former VP, Gilead Sciences, Inc (Retired)

10:50 AM – 11:20 AM

Cancer Immunotherapy Trends and Highlights in the Post-Checkpoint Inhibitor Approval Era

Gary Starling, PhD, CSO, Xyphos Biosciences, Astellas Pharma Inc.

11:20 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel Discussion 1: IP Considerations and Investment Trends for Life Sciences

Session will cover intellectual property considerations for life science transactions, investment stories of new technologies, and discussions on a new company structure.

Moderator: Janet Xiao, JD, PhD, Partner, Head of China Life Sciences, Morrison & Foerster LLP 


Chuck Comey, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Sean Cao, MBA, PhD, Managing Director, CBC Group

Neil Desai, PhD, Founder & CEO, Aadi Bioscience, Inc

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Breakout Room Presentations 

Room 0: How to Choose Key Reagents for CAR-T Cell Therapy Development 

Teng Peng, PhD, Technique Application Manager, ACROBiosystems

Room 1: Effective Use of Science in the FDA Regulatory Process 

Bethany Hills, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Keunbong (KB) Do, JD, PhD, Associate, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Room 2. Precise and Efficient Non-viral CRISPR Gene Editing Solutions 

Lumeng Ye, PhD, Sr. Scientist, GenScript USA Inc.

Room 3: Humanized Models for Improved Preclinical Discovery and Assessment of Novel Immunotherapies

Jenna Frame, PhD, Manager, Scientific Communications & Marketing, Biocytogen Boston Corp.

Room 4: Atomic-resolution cryoEM and Its Impact on SBDD 

Larry Jin, PhD, COO, Wuxi Biortus Biosciences Co., Ltd.

What’s Ahead for the Biotech Industry: Another Wave or Low Tide? 

Michael Zhao, Co-founder, Q Bay (Boston) 

Room 5: Clinical Study in the US and China

Charles Li, MBA, MS, VP, Business Development, CR Medicon, a Pharmaron Company

Next-Generation DMSO-Free & Serum-Free Cryopreservation for Cell Therapy Manufacturing and Processing

Xiaoxi Wei, PhD, Co-founder & CEO, X-Therma Inc.

User Affiliate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Room 6: Future of Targeted Therapies in Lung Cancer

Sanjeev Redkar, MBA, PhD, President and Co-Founder, Apollomics Inc.

Room 7.  Opportunities and Challenges in the Development of an Innovative Clinical Research Platform

Sophia Kan, Director of Marketing Strategy, GoBroad Healthcare Group

Alex J. Zhang, PhD, Chief Scientific Advisor, Hanhai International Inc.

Afternoon Session

12:30 PM – 1:05 PM

Keynote 2: Towards Universal Druggability 

Greg Verdine, PhD, Professor, Chemical Biology, Harvard University

1:05 PM – 1:35 PM

How We Use Stem Cells & Genomics for Guiding Precision Medicine

Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD, Director of Stanford Cardiovascular Institute and the Simon H. Stertzer, MD, Professor of Medicine and Radiology, Stanford University

1:35 PM – 2:05 PM

Designing Better Molecules Faster and with Less Expense: Illustrations of the Transformative Impact of Physics-Based Modeling Combined with Machine Learning 

Matt Repasky, PhD, SVP, Life Sciences Products, Schrödinger Inc.

2:05 PM – 2:35 PM

The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Status Report

Arthur Reingold, MD, Professor and Head of the Division of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

2:35 PM –3:15PM

Panel Discussion 2: Strategic Partnerships & Financing Trends for the Biotech Industry

Moderator: Cheni Kwok, CLP, PhD, Managing Partner & Founder, Linear Dreams LLC


Edward Harrington, MBA, CFO, Genentech

Guo-Liang Yu, PhD, CEO, Apollomics Inc.

Dewan Zeng, MBA, PhD, Head of Search and Evaluation, Business Development, BeiGene, Ltd.

Cariad Chester, Partner, TCG Crossover “TCG X”

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

FDA Experience and Regulatory Considerations on Companion Diagnostics and Cancer Early Detection Test

Sharon Liang, MD, RAC, PhD, VP, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Affairs, Burning Rock Dx, LLC

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

A World-Class Healthcare Technology Innovation Platform at Hong Kong Science Park

Carrie Ling, PhD, Assistant Director of Business Development (InnoHK), Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP)

4:00 PM – 4:05 PM

Conference Adjourned

4:05 PM – 4:30 PM

Breakout Room Networking

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