Four Former CEOs of the World's Largest Pharma Companies to Speak at San Francisco Healthcare Forum

Top Healthcare, Biotech and Pharmaceutical Leaders to Meet with Investors in Search of Breakthrough Healthcare Solutions at 'The Global Leaders Healthcare Forum' on January 10
By: The Global Leaders
Dec. 22, 2011 - PRLog -- SAN FRANCISCO – A panel of former CEOs from four of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies has just been announced for the 2nd Annual Global Leaders Healthcare Forum in San Francisco on January 10, 2012.  Speakers Jeff Kindler (Pfizer), Harry Kraemer (Baxter International), Robert G. Johnson, Jr., MD, PhD (Kosan Biosciences), and Myrtle Potter (Genentech, Inc.) will be among hundreds of leaders from healthcare, biotech and pharmaceutical companies meeting with investment professionals to seek new business solutions to bridge healthcare’s gap between innovation and financial resources.  

The forum will include speeches, panel discussions, interactive discussions with experts, networking, and space for private and one-on-one meetings between participants.

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The forum will bring together leaders from around the world (associated with 27 countries, 68 industries and 753 companies) with collective economic power exceeding $1 trillion.  It is hosted by The Global Leaders, an exclusive digital business network of 2 million CEOs and other senior executives in business, government, education and philanthropy.  The Global Leaders employs a unique problem-solving method called “Group Network Theory” that unlocks the power of groups in addressing challenges, in this instance the global healthcare crisis.  Group Network Theory can produce extraordinary economic and social changes by bringing people together in small, high-powered groups or teams to solve a problem.  Members of The Global Leaders have held senior leadership positions in companies that together drive an estimated 70 percent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product.  

“The solutions to the world’s urgent healthcare challenges are within our grasp,” said George Bickerstaff, Executive Chairman of The Global Leaders, Partner and Managing Director of M.M. Dillon LLC, and former CFO, Novartis Pharma AG. “The challenge is bringing together the innovators with the providers of resources to focus on business models that actually work.  For example, the cost of capital for biotech companies is way above the cost for other companies, by a factor of five.  We need to be able to take healthcare products to market faster and more cost-effectively.  At our forum we’ll be bringing together some of the best and brightest minds in the world to address one of the biggest challenges facing this generation or any to follow.”

The news media and healthcare-focused bloggers will be welcomed at the forum.

Lead sponsors of the forum are CTPartners, Epstein Becker & Green, and IDEA Pharma.  Other sponsors include CorpShorts, PRNewswire/MultiVu, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP, M.M. Dillon & Co., Elsevier Business Intelligence, M&A Chicago, AVG, LatinVision, The Conference Forum, One Mind for Research, Gershon Capital & Cie, Synergetics, Group 50 Consulting, and Remerinc.

Follow The Global Leaders on Twitter at @TGLeaders and the Healthcare Forum at #TGLHealth

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The Global Leaders is the largest network of senior executives in business, government, philanthropy and education, with over 1,200 professional development courses, a bookstore and verified networking groups structured around how business is done.

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