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Life Sciences CEO Connection Roundtable

Procopio's Life Sciences CEO Connection program offers an unparalleled opportunity for select early-stage life science CEOs to engage in a vibrant, monthly, peer-to-peer forum. This exclusive, invite only and complimentary program, limited to 20 life science CEOs in each location, fosters meaningful connections and provides participants with the support needed to address the unique challenges of leadership in the life science sector.

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Held monthly at Procopio's law firm offices in Irvine, Palo Alto, and San Diego, California, the CEO Connection program is thoughtfully curated by industry insiders, ensuring a sharp focus on the most pressing business issues that matter to you. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower CEOs, helping you navigate your business from its current position to where you envision it to be. The program covers a diverse array of topics, including capital raising, IP and licensing, talent management, growth strategies, conflict resolution, and more.

Knowledge Share

Dynamic roundtable discussions allow for candid conversation around the issues impacting your business's success. Raise topics challenging your growth and success, and benefit from the collective wisdom and strategic insights of your peers.


Benefits of joining this exclusive Roundtable

Participating in the Life Sciences CEO Connection program is an invaluable experience, offering you the opportunity to connect with fellow industry CEOs, learn from their expertise, and receive practical advice and guidance on overcoming your key challenges.

While the discussions tackle serious subjects, the program maintains a light and focused atmosphere. We also provide on-demand educational content from leading experts, with topics determined by the participants themselves.

Typical Participant Company Characteristics


Seed to Pre-series B / Cross-over

Pre-revenue Stage

Discovery, Preclinical, IND- Enabling


Life Sciences, Therapeutics, Medical Device, Med Tech, Health-Tech, ML/AI, Dx / Tools, CRO/ CDMO

Growth Collaborations


Liquidity Plans

IPO, SPAC, Reverse Merge, M&A



Legal Considerations

IP strategy, Entity Formation and Planning, Financing, Transactional, Licensing

Guiding the program are distinguished leaders in Life Sciences.


Life Sciences Venture Investor

David Crean

David is recognized as an accomplished strategic business advisor for life science companies. He is a successful business leader, known for fostering engaging and constructive conversations in the life science community. 

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Procopio Partner

Roger C. Rappoport

Roger is the leader of Procopio’s Emerging Growth and Venture Capital practice. He brings tremendous experience supporting the formation and development of life science companies.  

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Procopio Partner

Noel Gillespie

Noel advises start up and emerging growth clients on strategic patent portfolio development and implementation and brings extensive experience working with digital health, health information technology, and medical devices companies. 

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Procopio Partner

Xiaofan “Frank” Yang, PhD

Dr. Yang provides comprehensive IP strategic counseling to public and private biotechnology, pharmaceutical, digital health and medical device companies. After obtaining his B.S. in polymer chemistry and Ph.D. in organic synthesis, Dr. Yang worked as a medicinal chemist in the pharmaceutical industry for more than four years before becoming a patent practitioner in 2006.

John Foley

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John Foley

John is a senior integrated marketing, strategist, and creative partner for senior-level executives at middle market companies for over 15 years. Earlier in his career, John led large-scale integrated marketing and creative initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. 

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Procopio Partner

Paul B. Johnson

Paul helps entrepreneurs and their investors get companies formed, funded and sold, including  negotiation of seed, early and mid-stage equity financings and buy and sell-side mergers and acquisitions. Paul has also counseled some of San Diego’s most successful companies in Securities and Exchange Commission compliance and general corporate governance.

Next Program Launch

We anticipate our next program will commence during the Fall of 2023. RoundTable sessions will be held monthly, in person, at Procopio offices in San Diego, Irvine and Palo Alto

Find Your Local Chapter

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Don't miss your chance to join Procopio's Life Sciences CEO Connection program

– the ultimate resource for ambitious early-stage CEOs.

Apply today and elevate your business to new heights.

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