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Conference Day One
In-House Counsel as a Strategic Business Partner

7:30 am Morning Coffee Networking

8:00 am The Making of In-House Impact

  • Amy Radley Program Director, In-house Impact: Life Sciences, Hanson Wade

8:05 am Chair’s Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:10 am Discover: Taking Chances & Minimizing Risk: The Conflicting Demands of a Dual Legal/ Business Role

  • Jason Okazaki Chief Legal & Business Officer, Assembly Biosciences (USA)

8:30 am Develop: Moving Beyond a Lawyer to Strategic Partner & Commercial Business Leader

  • Jamie Haney Corporate Vice President & General Counsel, Novo Nordisk
  • Michael Hulka Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Eli Lilly & Co
  • Jason Okazaki Chief Legal & Business Officer, Assembly Biosciences (USA)
  • Peter Kim Vice President, Culture & Counsel , Thermo Fisher Scientific


• Exploring the non-traditional career paths of legal leaders that have spent time in business/commercial roles
• Challenging traditional attitudes around risk and reshaping the legal risk profile based on experiences outside of legal
• Understanding the business and the legal perspective on how the in-house function can provide value to the organization Interactive panel discussion led by the chair.

9:10 am Action: Virtual Speed Networking


Like speed dating, only for lawyers!
Your chance to meet virtually face-to-face, one-on-one, with industry peers, creating valuable long-lasting relationships and expanding your network.

9:30 am Discover: Balancing Oversight, Independence & Autonomy in a ‘Parent & Subsidiaries’ Biopharma Business Model

  • Tara Soni General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Sumitovant Biopharma

10:00 am Recharge Break


Take a short moment to grab a cup of coffee and recharge your batteries before the following session starts.

10:20 am Action: How Will You Now Set the Standard for Business-Centric & Strategic-Minded In-House Lawyers?


Break out into virtual interactive action groups to discuss challenges with peers, and create a tailored plan of action to translate the lessons learned in this session to practical impact back in the office.

11:00 am Chair’s Closing Remarks & Close of Conference Day One