First Annual Life Science Real Estate Symposium To Be Held On June 12, 2018


Opportunities for Life Sciences Real Estate Developmentin New York City

The Steering Committee for the Life Sciences 2018 Real Estate Development Symposiumwill host a meetingfor real estate, design and life science professionals atThe New York Academy of Sciences on Tuesday,June12, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM with a wine reception following until 4:00 PM.

The Potential for Life Sciences Real Estate Expansion in NYC

The Symposium will examine the progress and potential that New York City holds for the life science community’s requirements for space, adaptability and facilities to accommodate expansion and collaboration amongst scientists, designers, engineers and tech experts working in public and private settings.

The meeting is especially timely with the City of New York announcing its intention to establish an Applied Life Sciences Hub, the flagship project of LifeSci NYC, a 10-year, $500 million commitment to the City’s life science sector.

Collaborative Growth Opportunities

The goal of the symposium is to educate and increase awareness of collaborative growth opportunities among New York City’s real estate development, design and global life science communities. Session topics will include the definition of life sciences, traditional and upcoming industry drivers, requirements for space and characteristics of life science real estate and the state of life sciences in New York City.

Welcome and Introduction of the day’s agenda will be presented at 8:30 am by:

Mitchel W. Simpler, PE, FACEC, Managing Partner, Jaros, Baum &Bolles

The 21st Century Will Be the Century of Biology

Overview of the Changing Life Sciences Industry

Nancy J Kelley, JD/MPP, President and CEO, Nancy J Kelley + Associates

Implications for New York City

The implications for NYC and where it stands in the life sciences industry, will be discussed in a Panel moderated by John Powers, EVP, Boston Properties, with panelists:

  • Steve Purpura, Vice Chairman, Managing Director of Life Sciences Consulting Group, CBRE
  • Doug Thiede, SVP, Healthcare and Life Science, New York City Economic Development Corporation, and the vision for the life science infrastructure initiative by the EDC
  • Bill Harvey, Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank discussing the site selection criteria for life sciences real estate in New York
  • Steven Gifford, AIA, Principal, Perkins Eastman on the building characteristics required for life sciences
  • Matt Ashbaugh, Managing Director, Hines, on life sciences in the Hudson Square Portfolio

What Can New York City Learn from the Competition

  • Moderated by William Harris, AIA, LEED AP, Perkins + Will with panelists
  • David Manfredi, FAIA, CEO & Founding Principal, Elkus Manfredi Architects
  • Rob Albro, Managing Director, King Street Properties
  • Bill Kane, SVP, Biomed Realty

What Are the NYC Academic Institutions Doing in Life Sciences Development

  • Moderated by John Sabey, CEO, Sabey Corporation, with panelists:
  • Patrick J. Burke, FAIA, Assistant VP, Capital Project Management, Columbia University Medical Center

Interdisciplinary Artist Grimanesa Amorós will discuss the new opportunity to reimagine New York City using biology, and the morning winds up with:

Emerging Unique Opportunities for Life Sciences in New York City

  • Moderated by Tommy Craig, Senior Managing Director, Hines, with panelists:
  • Suzanne Lee, Founder, Biofabricate
  • Daniel Grushkin, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Genspace
  • David Whelan, GP-write and the Center of Excellence for Engineering Biology
  • Kate Merton, Head of JLABS @ NYC

Following lunch, a panel discussion on:

Commercial Opportunities for Life Sciences in New York City

Moderated by James McKenna, President and CEO, Hunter Roberts Construction Group, with panelists:

  • Andras Forgacs, Co-Founder and CEO, Modern Meadow
  • Blake Adair, Chief of Staff, Epibone
  • Will Canine, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer,OpentronsLabworks
  • Janell Anderson, PhD, Entrepreneur in Residence, Versant Ventures

Case Study for Adaptive Reuse

The New York Genome Center, New York Stem Cell Foundation, and 375 Pearl Street

Moderated by Jonathan Mechanic, Partner and Chairman of the Real Estate Department, Fried Frank, with panelists:

  • Kent Knight, AIA, Vice President, Elkus Manfredi Architects
  • Brian Aronne, SVP, Project Executive, Hunter Roberts Construction Group
  • Chris Horch, PE, Associate Partner, Jaros, Baum &Bolles
  • Clete Casper, Director of Real Estate, Sabey Corporation
  • Lois Elizabeth Mate, AIA, Associate Partner, Ennead Architects

Call to Action and Next Steps

Introducing NYC Builds Bio+

Moderated by John Gilbert, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Rudin Management Company, with:

  • The Symposium Steering Committee

A wine reception from 2:30 to 4:00 pm concludes the day’s agenda.

For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kayla Jowski at

About the Life Sciences Real Estate Development Symposium

TheSymposium, led by the Symposium Steering Committee, will be the first in a series of meetings intended to serve as the catalyst for more targeted initiatives that the New York City life science real estate community couldcollaboratively pursue during the projected and unprecedented decade of growth ahead.All proceeds from the Symposium will be dedicated to supporting the launch of the newly created NYC Builds Bio+ Initiative to be founded in 2018. Learn more about the symposium at

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