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  • CIC Boston, Ground floor 50 Milk Street Boston, MA, 02110 United States (map)

The Nordics Reception - a part of the Nordics Initiative at the 2018 BIO International Convention.

Heads up SACC-NE network! We are excited to be able to present SACC-NE's involvement in this year's Nordics Life Science Pavilion at the 2018 BIO International Convention together with organizational partners: Innovation Norway, Business Sweden, SwedenBIO, NLS Days 2018, Nome, Accelerace & Business Region Turku. Our goal is for the Pavilion to act as a home for all of the Nordic companies at BIO 2018 and be a natural meeting space on the show floor for our Nordic friends visiting Boston for the convention. 

As a complement to the Nordic Pavilion at the BIO convention, we will be hosting an engaging reception in downtown Boston, welcoming Nordic participants and the local Swedish-American executive community. The stage is set for an engaging program with guest opener Nam Pham and speakers Liz Asai and Laura Duerksen scheduled to speak at the event. The Reception will also feature live music in form of opera singer Katie O'Reilly as well as 3D and laser printing demonstrations. As if this wasn't enough, some of our attendees will be able to win special on-the-spot made coasters, commemorating the event.

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We invite you to an evening of networking with thought leaders and experts in the biotechnology, pharma and life sciences sectors, celebrating our shared Nordic heritage and interest in the Nordics over complimentary food and drinks. 

Guest Opener:

Nam Pham. Nam joined the Baker/Polito Administration as the Assistant Secretary of Business Development which oversees the Mass. Office of Business Development, Mass. Office of Travel and Tourism, Mass. Film Office and Mass. Office of International Trade & Investment. Previously Nam was the CEO of Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID).
Nam has been a commercial banker for more than 20 years in both lending and credit for premier community banks and large commercial banks. From 1994 to 2000 Nam served as Commissioner of Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, and Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment. 
Nam earned his BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and MPA in Political Economy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. 


Liz Asai. Liz is the CEO of 3Derm, a digital health company she co-founded in 2012 based on technology engineered at Yale. 3Derm has developed skin imaging systems paired with machine learning algorithms to triage dermatology concerns. Over the last few years, 3Derm has raised two rounds of funding, conducted three clinical trials, and obtained reimbursement for its dermatological services from several health plans. 3Derm now serves thousands of patients at health systems in the US. Liz holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Yale University, was named one of LinkedIn's top 10 healthcare professionals under 35, and was featured in Forbes 30 Under 30.

Laura Duerksen. Laura is currently the Executive Director of Hacking Medicine Institute, a non-profit educational organization that convenes global healthcare leaders, students, and patients to improve and invent digital health platforms and technology that transforms healthcare by increased access, better outcomes, and lower costs. Laura also currently serves as faculty for the Harvard Medical School Women’s Leadership Course, where she teaches a workshop on healthcare improvement and innovation. Previously, she was Administrative Director of the Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She has prior experience in hospital administration, including positions held at Massachusetts General Hospital in finance project management and research administration. Ms. Duerksen also has extensive professional experience in nonprofit fundraising, including several years of working at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Event made possible by organizational partner and sponsor: 
The Norwegian Consulate General of New York

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Event is free to attend, exclusively for BIO 2018 Attendees and SACC-NE members, but tickets are limited. First come, first served - so act quickly!

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Earlier Event: May 23
Executive Forum 2018
Later Event: September 13