Pharmaceutical lobbyist to keynote biotech summit, banquet

This piece is presented by South Dakota Biotech.

A prominent leader in the biopharmaceutical industry will be the keynote speaker at the June 15 Breakthrough Summit & Annual Banquet hosted by South Dakota Biotech.

Kipp Snider

Kipp Snider is the vice president of state advocacy for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

We learned more from him about his upcoming appearance in South Dakota.

Tell us about your role with PhRMA. What does it involve?

I’m responsible for managing the development of PhRMA’s policy positions on state legislation and regulation that affect the biopharmaceutical industry.  I lead of team of talented experts who analyze various state proposals and policies, and then work to shape state laws and regulations in order to promote the development of a robust, innovative biopharmaceutical industry and to expand patient access to our medicines.

South Dakota enjoys a broad base of biotech companies, from agriculture to human health and energy. Are there any policy issues you think all areas of the sector should be aware of here?

I think it’s important to have an environment that allows companies to thrive.  This means creating incentives to increase the availability of capital investment and allowing early stage companies to take risks.  The risks and difficulties of discovering and developing breakthrough medicines are generally underestimated.  The failure rates are extremely high, and so we need a system that rewards innovations and long-term bets based on cutting-edge science.

What type of message do you anticipate delivering at the 2017 Breakthrough Summit & Annual Banquet? What can attendees expect to hear?

I will address head-on some of the public discourse about drug pricing and the role of biopharmaceuticals in the U.S. health care system.  Attendees can expect to gain an understanding of how medicines play a pivotal role in our health care system.

What are you hoping to learn about South Dakota’s biotech industry during your time here?

I’d like to learn about emerging companies, including how these organizations may be partnering with mature companies as well as academic institutions in the state.

To register for the Breakthrough Summit & Annual Banquet, click here.

Pharmaceutical lobbyist to keynote biotech summit, banquet

A prominent leader in the biopharmaceutical industry will be the keynote speaker at the June 15 Breakthrough Summit & Annual Banquet hosted by South Dakota Biotech.

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