by Gregg A. Masters, MPH
When William Hambrecht and George Quist founded Hambrecht & Quist (H&Q) in 1968, the ’boutique’ firm launched as an investment bank based in San Francisco, California notably focusing on the then emerging yet rather nascent technology and Internet sectors.
Clearly, Bill and George were a prescient duo as H&Q was:
“an early player in the technology sector, underwriting initial public offerings (IPOs) for Apple Computer, Genentech, and Adobe Systems in the 1980s. In the 1990s, H&Q also backed the IPOs of Netscape, MP3.com, and Amazon.com.”
Some 36 annual conferences later, and now squarely in the hands of perhaps the prototypical trophy U.S. investment bank, JP Morgan, H&Q’s legacy ‘healthcare investor‘ commitment has morphed into a life sciences, biotech, pharma and healthcare innovation ‘mega‘ event that is both going strong and has seeded several derivative strains of related gatherings from the DOCSF to the StartUp Health Festival, the BioTech Showcase and many other ecosystem stakeholders footprints including broker, management consulting, accounting and law firm sponsored events, i.e., the combined Deloitte, E & Y & McDermott Law gathering.
You can access both via the JP Morgan webcast portal for a limited time here. This is a free service but does require your registration. Search the ‘sessions’ tab for the respective webcast. Some of the reporting companies’ supply their decks for reference as well.
According to JP Morgan Healthcare website, and implied below via ‘while it is still at the Westin‘ – this is the last year San Francisco will host this must attend event – the firm scales the gathering as follows:
“Today, while it is still at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference brings thousands of investors from around the world together. The hundreds of companies presenting run the gamut, from start-ups to those with more than $300 billion in market cap, and encompass the entire global healthcare landscape, including pharmaceutical firms, healthcare service providers, profit and not-for-profits, and medical device companies.”
JP Morgan Guides
This week of somewhat ‘frenetic‘ activity can be tough to schedule and navigate. Some of the best guides we’ve found are provided by BIO via their ‘One-on-One Partnering™ @ JPM‘, Rock Health, Big3BioSF, and relative ‘newcomer‘ and registrar dot.health.
For the ultimate private event, reception and party calendar, c/o BIO and MacDougall Biomedical Communications see: ‘Private Events around the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference.’
Tracking the conversation
For the 5th out of the last 6 years, Health Innovation Media has registered the #JPM19 ‘un-official’ hashtag courtesy of the ‘go-to‘ health hashtags project sponsored by Symplur. The digital dashboard is accessible here.by