December 4, 2019 • Metropolitan Pavilion  •  New York, NY

December 4, 2019 • Metropolitan Pavilion • New York, NY

IBD Innovate

Conference Overview

  • Presentations on compelling inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) product opportunities in:
    • Therapeutics (from compound discovery through clinical development)
    • Devices
    • Diagnostics
    • Healthcare technology (software, services etc.)
  • Networking & connections between diverse stakeholders in the IBD space
  • Intended for startups, commercial-stage companies, academics, funders, clinicians, patient advocates, etc.

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation seeks to accelerate the discovery and development of novel products with the potential to address the unmet needs of patients with IBD. In pursuit of this objective, the Foundation recently launched IBD Ventures to directly fund product discovery and development.

Building on the launch of IBD Ventures, this second annual conference, IBD INNOVATE: Product Development for Crohn’s & Colitis, will showcase innovative product development programs in IBD. This event will be an exceptional networking opportunity for all stakeholders dedicated to advancing innovative products to address the critical challenges faced by IBD patients.


Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

Target audience:

Startup companies, accelerator organizations (industry, non-profit & academic), industry representatives (R&D, clinical development, external R&D, scouting, partnering, business development, corporate venture), academic researchers, investors (venture capital & other), disease foundations and other non-profit funders, contract research organizations, service providers, clinicians, and patient advocates.


For the preliminary agenda, click here.


Keynote presentation:
Designing Biology for Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Pamela Silver, Professor, Harvard Medical School

Confirmed presentations include:

  • Novel Therapeutic Platforms to Address Unmet Needs, Prevent and Cure IBD
    Scott Plevy, Chief Scientific Officer, Synlogic
  • Biomorphic Programmable Polymers
    Maria Pereira, Chief Innovation Officer, TISSIUM
  • Digital Therapeutics for IBD: Challenges, Opportunities & State of the Industry
    Megan Oser, Vice President of Clinical Innovation, Mahana Therapeutics
  • Preclinical Development of BRD4 Inhibitors for the Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
    Jia Zhou, Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Lessons from a Grateful Patient
    Rolf Benirschke, CEO, Legacy Health Strategies

For a full list of presentations, click here.


Breakfast, lunch & evening reception included with registration.

Networking resources:

1:1 partnering software to facilitate networking and meeting scheduling between attendees; dedicated space for small group meetings; reception & coffee breaks.


IBD Innovate is generously supported, in part, by: