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BioPharma Masterclass 2: The Art of Capital Raising – Negotiating the Investment Landscape

May 25, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm AEST

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Advancing Global Business Strategy for BioPharma is a customised program designed to support early-stage biopharma executives. Participants will gain valuable skills and methodologies to develop effective business and investment strategies, optimise investor interest and accelerate their path to market. Two Masterclasses will be delivered in July and September. To gain maximum value from the program, interested participants can register for the series at a discounted rate or register for one Masterclass of interest.

Masterclass 2: The Art of Capital Raising is part of our BioPharma Masterclass Series, which is kindly sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

Masterclass 2: The Art of Capital Raising – Negotiating the Investment Landscape

This Masterclass has three components (delivered in-person):

  • BioForum: 24 May 2022 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm | Gadens, Level 13, Collins Arch, 447 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • Masterclass: 25 May 2022 | 8:30am – 5:00pm | Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, West Tower Suite, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • 30-minute advisory session: Individual meetings held on 26 or 27 May 2022

Registration for this Masterclass program includes:

  • Three complimentary registrations for colleagues to attend the BioForum
  • Attendance at the full-day Masterclass for one company representative
  • One 30-minute advisory session (two company representatives from your organisation may attend)
Due to current Government Restrictions in Victoria and interstate, this Masterclass is now on hold. A new date will be announced soon.

About this Masterclass

  • Take a deep dive into the art of capital raising
  • Explore the global funding environment and learn critical factors for success when fundraising
  • Learn the nuances of Corporate Venture Capital vs. Venture Capital and the impact on early-stage biopharma
  • What’s in a VC pitch? Explore the art of the pitch, the VC diligence process and strategies to seal the deal
  • Become familiar with key legal considerations when raising capital and negotiating investment documents
  • Understand the nuances of capital: equity vs debt vs convertible note
  • Gain practical insights for getting the “house in order” to attract and facilitate investment
  • Learn key considerations and practical methodologies for negotiating terms sheets, shareholders’ agreements and subscription agreements
  • Become familiar with employee incentives and why they are important
  • Explore the different types of employee equity: ESOPs vs ESS vs LFSP, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and related tax considerations
  • Learn the importance of employment contracts and their impact on business
  • Gain practical insights on the importance of protecting intellectual property
  • Become familiar with key regulatory and market access issues
  • Gain practical skills and insights for effective tax structuring

Leading Industry Experts

Gadens is a leading provider of legal services and recognised as a leading firm for advisory, transaction and disputes. They advise early stage companies through to large multinational pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as universities and research institutes. Read presenter bios below.

With support from

The MRL Ventures Fund (MRLV) is the corporate venture arm of Merck & Co, Kenilworth, NJ and located in Cambridge, MA, USA. MRLV is a $250MM strategic corporate venture fund that invests globally in early-stage companies developing therapeutics for any indication using any modality.

Due to current Government Restrictions in Victoria and interstate, this Masterclass is now on hold. A new date will be announced soon.


Register for one Masterclass:

  • Members: $595
  • Non-members: $695 p/p/masterclass

Register for the Series (2 Masterclasses):

  • Members: $1,000
  • Non-members: $1,250 p/p/series

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This is a high value Masterclass Series. Heavily subsidised rates are made possible with sponsorship from the State Government of Victoria. The estimated value p/p/masterclass is $3,500.

Places are strictly limited and subject to confirmation by BioMelbourne Network.

Cancellation policy: A full refund can be issued up to 14 days prior to the event only. No refunds can be issued within 14 days of the event. In the event of postponement due to Government restrictions, registrations will be carried forward to a new date. Should the program be cancelled, or you are unable to attend on the rescheduled date, a full refund will be made available.

The 2021 Masterclass Series is sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

Masterclass 2 speaker biographies:

Dr Christine Brennan, Partner, MRL Ventures Fund (USA)

Christine has over 20 years in the life-science industry including business development, corporate strategy and venture investing. She is currently Partner at MRL Ventures Fund (MRLV) and responsible for investments in Adagio Therapeutics, Alector (NASDAQ:ALEC), Entrada Therapeutics, Tallac Therapeutics, and Therini Bio.
Prior to MRLV, she was Principal at the Novartis Venture Fund from 2013-2017 and Chief Business Officer at Vitae Pharmaceuticals from 2010-2013. She also held positions in business development and marketing at small biopharmaceutical and large pharmaceutical companies. Christine received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Dartmouth Medical School and did post-doctoral research in developmental neurobiology at the National Institutes of Health.

Vaughan Petherbridge, Partner, Corporate, Gadens

Vaughan is a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial Team at Gadens. He has over 20 years of experience at top-tier law firms and in-house in Australia and the United States.
Specialising in corporate and commercial law, Vaughan’s work focuses on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), early stage investing, joint ventures, complex business separations and transitional arrangements, and general corporate advisory work.
Vaughan has successfully led and closed a number of multi-million dollar domestic and cross-border transactions across a range of industries while managing teams of lawyers and other stakeholders. He has extensive experience in financial services, fintech and other emerging technologies and takes a practical and commercial approach to the provision of legal advice.

Winnie Sinn, Special Counsel, Corporate, Gadens

Winnie is an experienced Special Counsel in the Corporate and Commercial Team at Gadens. She has over 10 years of experience acting for a broad range of clients both in Australia as well as Hong Kong, where she is also admitted.
Winnie's practice is focused on corporate and commercial work, and includes advising clients from start-ups to large multinational companies on corporate governance, capital raisings, exit events (such as mergers and acquisitions or IPOs) and general commercial contract advice. She has a breadth of experience in various industries, including medtech, information technology, manufacturing and transport and logistics, and is known for her approachability and pragmatic approach to legal advice.

Brett Feltham, Partner, Employment Advisory, Gadens

Brett is a partner in the Employment Advisory Group at Gadens with over 23 years’ experience. He is a Law Society of New South Wales Accredited Specialist in Employment and Industrial Relations Law, is a member of that specialist accreditation committee and is a co-Chair of the Law Society's Employment Law Committee.
Brett provides assistance in relation to employment, workplace relations, discrimination and workplace health and safety issues from both an advisory and contentious perspective. This include assisting clients on the entire employment life cycle from pre-employment through to post-employment issues.
Brett has assisted many clients to expand both into and out of Australia and understands the employment requirements for on boarding new employees in early stage businesses. Brett has considerable experience and expertise in relation to cross-border employment arrangements and is an expert on executive remuneration and employee equity and cash incentive arrangements.
Brett regularly delivers seminars on developments in workplace laws and frequently holds briefings on topical workplace relations, employment and safety matters. He regularly contributes to publications updating clients on workplace law developments and emerging issues.

Kelly Griffiths, Partner, Disputes and Investigations, Gadens

Kelly is as Partner in the Commercial Disputes Team at Gadens, specialising in regulatory investigations and litigation, including biotechnology and pharmaceutical, corporate crime and intellectual property law.
Prior to joining Gadens, Kelly served as both Chief Legal Counsel and Head of Government Affairs and Policy for one of the world’s largest biopharmaceutical companies, GlaxoSmithKline, in Australia and New Zealand. As a result, Kelly has a deep understanding of the medical and life sciences industry in Australia and globally, including the impact of government policy on business operations. Kelly was a member of the Medicines Australia taskforce responsible for negotiating and implementing the 2018 Strategic Agreement, and associated legislative amendments and policy reforms, between the innovative medicines industry and the Federal Government.
Kelly advises on a range of issues impacting the healthcare sector, including: Issues impacting the pharmaceutical, vaccines and medical technology industry, including clinical trial governance, regulatory affairs, medical affairs, including the promotion of therapeutic goods, pharmacovigilance, product recalls and class actions, including questions of administrative law and probity, negotiation of special pricing arrangements, vaccine tenders, and deeds of agreement; Legal and policy issues arising from market access for new medical interventions, such as submissions for reimbursement of medical procedures, medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and medical devices, including MSAC and PBAC submissions; Assisting clients engage with the Department of Health in relation to the requirements of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and other Government health programs such as the Pharmaceuticals Benefits Scheme (PBS) and incentive payment programs.

Peter Poulos, Partner, Corporate, Gadens

Peter is a Partner in the Tax Team at Gadens, and has over 33 years’ experience in tax. He was previously a specialist Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Tax Partner at a Big 4 accounting firm and served as chair of that firms' Global M&A Tax practice.
Peter’s experience encompasses providing tax structuring advice to foreign and domestic private equity and venture capital fund managers on their Australian investments. He has also been active on the investee side, advising firms on the tax effective structuring of capital raisings and the firms' owners on the tax effective structuring of their ownership interests and their future realisation.
Peter has been voted by his peers as a Best Lawyer since 2014 in the areas of Government Practice and Tax.

Kerry Awerbuch, Partner, Intellectual Property and Technology, Gadens

Kerry is a Partner in the Intellectual Property Team at Gadens with over 15 years' experience. She is an intellectual property lawyer, practising in patent, design, trade mark, copyright and consumer law. As well as having broad litigation and advisory experience.
Kerry has a strong practice in advising clients across the full range of intellectual property and contractual disputes as well as advising clients on strategies for capturing, protecting and driving the value in their intellectual property assets.
Her experience includes advising clients on IP protection, management and ownership strategies, enforcement of IP rights, drafting IP agreements (including patent, design, copyright and trade mark licenses and assignments, collaboration agreements and technology transfer agreements), undertaking IP due diligence, prosecuting trade mark and design applications in Australia and overseas, providing freedom to operate advice, advising on off-patent protection strategies and providing advertising, marketing and product labelling advice.
Kerry has been voted by her peers as a Best Lawyer for Intellectual Property since the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers Australia. She is also currently ranked in Doyle's Guide as a Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer and has also been ranked by WTR1000 since 2020 for Prosecution and Strategy.


Non Member$695.00
Non Member Series$1,250.00
Member Series$1,000.00


May 25, 2022
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
$595 - $1250
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