Up and Out – Tips on navigating life science relocation

South San Francisco, CA


8:30am - 11:15am

Your innovation is thriving; your company is growing; it is never too early to plan your move up and out. There is a lot to know about building and moving to a new space, but where do you start?

The workplace is changing, a high-performance workplace helps life sciences companies innovate and unlock their potential. However, real estate and regulations can be a frustrating world to navigate. But, fear not!

This workshop, specifically tailored companies on the move. Representatives from recent JLABS relocation, experienced leaders, government and industry professionals will teach you how to successfully prepare for your company’s big move and help you avoid the pitfalls that can slow you down.

Topics to be covered:

Relocation do’s and don’ts
What to look for in your next space
Assessing your needs
Keys to making a dynamic space
The current market
The move timelines.
City Resources
Learn from experience:
What you need to know about the relocation process
What didn’t you expect?
What was different?
What were the hardest steps?
Relocation Schedules
Keep an eye on your time line
What did you prepare for?
Unexpected costs?
Higher than expected costs?
Lease Term Obligations
What were the strange lease terms?
Market Availability

This workshop will include real life example of successful and unsuccessful moves.

Alex Greenwood | Director, Economic and Community Development, City of South San Francisco read bio»

Caleb Bell | Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Bell BioSystems read bio»
Colleen Cutcliffe | Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Whole Biome read bio»
Susan Eldredge | Director of Businesss Logistics & Human Resources, Epibiome read bio»
[Emcee] Neema Saless | Operations Manager, JLABS @ SSF read bio»
[Moderator] Jim Viola | Innovation Activation Manager, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS read bio»

8:30 AM | Registration and Networking
9:00 AM | Community engagement – City of South San Francisco
9:15 AM | Presentation – T3 Advisors
9:35 AM | Bonneville Labs
9:45 AM | JLABS Company Panel Discussion
10:30 AM | Q&A – (All Speakers)
10:45 AM | Networking
11:15 AM | Program Close

329 Oyster Point Blvd – 3rd Floor
South San Francisco, California
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Speaker Biographies

Caleb Bell | Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Bell BioSystems
Caleb serves as the CTO and co-Founder of Bell BioSystems, and additionally held the CEO role through June 2017. Under Caleb’s leadership, Bell Biosystems has been recognized by the White House for its “Breakthrough” in life science technologies, as a 2014 Rising Star by BayBio, and as a “biotech on the cusp of something big” by the San Francisco Business Times. Caleb sits on the board of trustees of BayBio and founded three companies prior to Bell Biosystems, serving as CEO of one for six years. He is a well published scientist and named inventor on multiple issued patents. Caleb earned a Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry from Stanford University, completed the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Ignite program, and received a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Penn State University..

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Colleen Cutcliffe | Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Whole Biome
Colleen Cutcliffe is the co-founder and CEO of Whole Biome, an early stage microbiome company. Colleen has over a decade of experience managing and directing fundamental biology research teams in the academic, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. Prior to starting Whole Biome, Colleen served as the Senior Manager of Biology at Pacific Biosciences, a Scientist at Elan Pharmaceuticals and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital. Colleen received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins University and her B.A. in Biochemistry from Wellesley College.

Susan Eldredge |Director of Business Logistics & Human Resources | Epibiome
Susan Eldredge is the Director of Business Logistics and Human Resources. Her career spans global marketing, business development, and international investing & acquisitions within the financial and real estate industries. As Director, her goal is to develop successful cross-functional logistical strategies, policies, and procedures implemented throughout all departments. Her role also encompasses Human Resources for the entire organization, allowing for seamless interactions with vendors and external partnerships. She graduated with a BS in Marketing & Business Relations from the College of Boca Raton/Marymount University and attended the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.

[Moderator] Jim Viola | Innovation Activation Manager, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS
Jim is responsible for marketing and events for JLABS @ SSF and JLABS @ QB3 in the Bay Area. His role includes creating and coordinating high-quality, diverse and distinctive programming ranging from one-on-one investor meetings, workshops and large panel discussions to networking and social events. Jim manages JLABS largest global event held each year at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference and is in charge of keeping the content fresh and relevant as the year-round curriculum is designed to assist innovators along the product development continuum. Key to the success of JLABS is establishing relationships with the Bio community.

Prior to Joining Johnson & Johnson, Jim spent two decades in the powersports industry as a successful special-event and marketing professional. He held the post of Marketing Direct, at Ducati North America, Operations Manager at Premier Event and various positions at BMW of North America. After years of working closely with retailers, distributors and manufacturers of high-end European products, Jim has developed a unique insight into special events and understands how to successfully integrate these programs into solid marketing plans.

Jim holds a B.S. Chemistry from Muhlenberg College and earned his M.B.A at Rutgers University. He currently is on the advisory board of CELS, a non-profit organization whose goal is to support Canadian life science companies, and participates in various event committees in the bay area.

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329 Oyster Point Blvd.
Floor 3
South San Francisco, CA