The NextTech Speaker Series connects Bay Area founders, investors, executives and technology developers with the life sciences community in the Tri-Valley and greater East Bay.

Each NextTech speaker brings a unique perspective on how to succeed in an innovation economy evolving beyond Silicon Valley.


Upcoming Events


Barney Saunders  

Chief Executive Officer 

Purigen Biosystems

September 26th | Dublin Civic Center

Our next installment of the NextTech Speaker series features Barney Saunders, CEO of Purigen, sharing his perspective as CEO about how to build a company in the life sciences industry.

Using our typical informal interview format, Tri-Valley entrepreneur, Don Arnold, will engage the audience in revealing how Barney's leadership has built new biotech tools and companies that truly accelerate science.

NextTech Presents

the First Annual

Tri-Valley Life Sciences Summit

October 25th | Veeva

With the aid of a panel comprised of leaders in the life sciences industry in the Tri-Valley, Greg Hitchan, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Tri-Valley Ventures and Lauren Moon, Executive Vice President of Mirador Capital Partners, will drill down into the findings from their recent 2018 research report of the investment landscape in the Tri-Valley, The Mirador View 2018.

From Scientist to CEO

Building a Biotech Company

from the Ground Up

December 6th | The Switch

Our next installment of the NextTech Speaker series features Rachel Haurwitz, Ph.D., co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Caribou Biosciences.

Tri-Valley native and Maxygen Co-founder and Director of Operations, Janelle Muranaka, will engage the audience in an interactive discussion with Rachel about her experience going from scientist to CEO overnight.


Video from Past Events



Serge Saxonov

Founder and CEO

10x Genomics


Accelerating Science: New Technologies and New Markets

Part 1

Part 2


Tim Harkness

Founder and CEO 

Unchained Labs

The Secret Playbook to Founding and Leading a Life Science Technology Start-up

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Dr. Hemai Parthasarathy

Scientific Director

Breakout Labs

The perils and opportunities of commercializing "deep tech."


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