Rockstar Breakfast and Networking

Are you looking for an opportunity to network with local senior leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Enjoy a light breakfast accompanied by lots of conversation with Gary Conboy, Vice President, Oncology Development Operations; Head, Innovation Group - Oncology SBU at Bayer and Jon Giebel, Program Lead at Bayer LifeHub. Patrice Torcivia Prusko, Associate Director at Harvard Graduate School of Education will moderate the discussion. Registration is for WEST MEMBERS ONLY and will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants to ensure an intimate experience. 

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Gary Conboy, Vice President, Oncology Development Operations; Head, Innovation Group - Oncology SBU at Bayer

Gary Conboy is currently a Vice-President of Oncology Development Operations for Bayer Pharmaceuticals and is located here in Kendall Square. Gary’s academic background includes an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduate work at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. As an undergraduate, Gary helped contribute to the development of an animal model of Parkinson’s Disease and used that model in graduate school to research neural implantation as a potential method of treating patients with Parkinson’s Disease. After graduate school, Gary continued doing basic clinical research in an academic setting where he cloned a cDNA of the growth-cone associated protein (GAP43) of the developing nervous system. Gary then transitioned from basic research to clinical research and contributed to the development of marketed products such as Lunesta and Daptomycin, for example.  Gary has been in clinical research for over 20 years now and has been exclusively involved in oncology research for over 10 years.

Jon Giebel, Program Lead at Bayer LifeHub

Jon Giebel has 10 years of experience in the agbiotech sector with Bayer. Most of his career Jon worked in Bayer’s CropScience business, leading a team of scientists focused on isolating and culturing environmental microbes for insecticidal toxin discovery. In addition to his roles in new trait discovery, he has served in global strategy roles for R&D and supported the integration of Bayer and Monsanto. In his current role as Program Lead for Bayer’s LifeHub Boston, Jon is responsible for leading a cross divisional open innovation space with a goal of leveraging the strong innovation ecosystem in Cambridge and Boston. The LifeHub Boston strives to convene diverse communities and creative thought leaders to explore solutions to complex challenges in the fields of health and nutrition. Jon is also a Board Member for the WEST (Women in the Enterprise of Science & Technology) organization and is passionate about community outreach activities that advance Bayer’s core mission statement, Science for a Better Life. He has authored 9 scientific papers and is a named inventor on multiple US patents. He has a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. in Biology from Cornell University.


Date and Time:  
February 18, 2020
8:00 - 9:00 AM

LifeHub Boston, 610 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Entrance at 1 Portland Street)  

Note: You will need to bring a photo ID to check in at security.

Members: $5

Thanks to Bayer for providing a light breakfast.

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