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Life Sciences, Biotech and Pharma: A Look at Capital Flow and M&A Activity in Trending Sectors

Presented By: Smart Business

A group of dynamic female entrepreneurs and savvy investors explore rising trends in dealmaking within three hot Philadelphia sectors: life sciences, biotech and pharma. They’ll share personal experiences and discuss what’s spurring activity, who’s active and where the money is flowing.


Christine Jones
Managing Partner
Blue Highway Growth Capital

Christine is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Blue Highway Capital. Chris has expertise in sourcing, structuring and managing growth equity investments through two funds she co-founded. Her investment portfolio includes small middle market companies across a broad range of industries. Many of these businesses are located in rural communities. Her investments have been structured to support growth, acquisition and recapitalization strategies.


Denise Devine
Co-Founder, CAO, and CFO
RTM Vital Signs

Denise L. Devine, CPA, MBA, MST, is an experienced independent board director. Her experience spans from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune100 corporations. She is founder and CEO of FNB Holdings LLC, a company dedicated to initiatives in the health and wellness space, and a founder, CAO and CFO of RTM Vital Signs LLC, an early stage medical device company.

Gerri Henwood
President & CEO
Recro Pharma

Gerri Henwood has served as president and CEO, and a director of Recro Pharma — a revenue-generating, specialty pharmaceutical company — since its inception in 2008. From 2006 to 2013, she served as president of Malvern Consulting Group Inc., a pharmaceutical incubator and consulting firm. She continues to spend a small amount of time engaged in the provision of consulting services for MCG to other companies.

Adele C. Oliva
Founding Partner
1315 Capital

Adele Oliva has been a health care investor for over 20 years, focusing on commercial stage medical technology, health care service and specialty therapeutic investments. She co-founded 1315 Capital in 2014 to establish a firm focused on health care growth investing, and it has since raised two funds and has over $500 million under management. She currently serves on the boards of Colorescience, Encore Dermatology, Innovative Health, NovaSom, Onkos Surgical and TELA Bio.

Ellen Stang
Founder, President & CEO

Dr. Ellen “Ellie” Stang is a board-certified pediatrician who, in 2003, founded ProgenyHealth® to address the need for improved care management and health outcomes for premature and medically complex newborns. As president, CEO and a member of the board, Stang leads ProgenyHealth as it works with thousands of NICUs in all 50 states. The company is a recognized leader in deploying evidence-based neonatal care management services.

Conference Location

201 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tel: (215) 521-6500