Association of Bioscience Financial Officers

The Association of Bioscience Financial Officers


ABFO is pleased to announce
that our 2020 National Conference will be held in San Diego at the Omni Hotel, May 19 through 22nd, 2020.  This time we are before the Memorial Day holiday, so mark your calendars and plan to stay in San Diego following the Conference and enjoy this beautiful place.  Contact genie@norcalabfo.org to be added to our email distribution list for updates as we go forward with planning this exciting event.

The Association of Bioscience Financial Officers (ABFO)  is a national networking group for biotechnology, med tech and bioscience financial officers. Started in the SF Bay Area in 1988, we are a place to exchange information and ideas, form support networks and gather  for education and friendship.

ABFO regional chapters serve biotech financial officers across the United States and Canada. Our chapters are located in areas with large numbers of biotechnology companies – Northern California, San Diego and surrounding vicinity; Boston, Austin, and similar areas. Our local chapters promote networking at meetings where we discuss and learn about current “hot topics” of interest to bioscience financial officers. We also have a large online presence with our members through email and LinkedIn. ABFO chapters are independent but work together every year to plan and execute our annual ABFO National Conference for three days of education, networking and fun.  All bioscience financial officers, regardless of ABFO membership, are invited to attend our National Conference, the premier national conference for bioscience financial officers.

Our local chapters take turns hosting the Conference every year.  Past conference locations have been San Diego, Boston, Philadelphia and Seattle.  We offer CPE hours to our conference attendees through our national sponsor, Ernst & Young LLP.

About ABFO

ABFO Membership is available through the local ABFO chapter closest to you.

Bioscience/Biotechnology/Med Device companies can join ABFO.  Primary and secondary representatives of member companies should hold senior financial positions, such as Chief Financial Officer, VP Finance, or equivalent. However, we welcome the participation of additional member company staff at ABFO activities and functions.

ABFO:

Provides a place to discuss issues that are important to bioscience financial officers;

Enhances professional networking and foster friendships between bioscience financial officers as well as provide industry contacts and professional development;

Helps financial officers better achieve their companies’ strategic goals;

ABFO International supports the regional chapters through the ABFO National Conference and also provides ongoing logistic and administrative support. Our website also serves the membership by posting chapter information including upcoming events and open finance job postings at ABFO companies around the country.

Involvement of service people in ABFO activities:

ABFO activities are open to members and their invited guests as this allows us to create the best environment for discussion of business and financial issues and also lets our members develop strong professional relationships among themselves.  At the National Conference, as well as local chapter events, industry service people may be invited to participate in panel discussions and presentations.  Their participation is limited to specific sessions so we can work to promote open discussion of issues relevant to bioscience financial officers without pressure from industry outsiders or service personnel.

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ABFO Membership

Eligibility

Limited to Bioscience/Biotechnology/MedTech/Med Device Companies.

Senior financial people, such as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President, Finance, or Controller/Director level.

ABFO member representatives serve at the pleasure of their member companies and can attend and participate in ABFO events.

Service providers are not eligible for ABFO membership.  Their attendance at ABFO events is subject to ABFO Board approval.

Some chapters may charge a membership fee to cover costs associated with chapter activities.

To apply for ABFO membership or if you have questions about us, please contact your local ABFO member representative, listed below, or Genie Hawkins, ABFO National Membership Coordinator at genie@norcalabfo.org.

ABFO Regional Chapters

BALTIMORE / WASHINGTON, D.C.
Brian Hahn Glycomimetics Email
Jim Karrels MacroGenics, Inc. (301) 354-2681 Email
BOSTON
Justin Renz Correvio Pharma Corporation 2019 ABFO National Conference Chair Email
FLORIDA
Sean Kruuv AGTC, Inc. (386) 462-2204 x 7161 Email
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
David Tucker Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc. (650) 352-3748 Email
Northern California ABFO Chapter membership is $400 per calendar year for companies with less than 100 employees. For companies with 100 or more employees the cost is $600. For companies with 1000 or more employees the annual cost is $1,200. Companies new to ABFO are welcomed with a special rate of 50 percent of the listed dues for the first year.
To apply for NorCal ABFO membership or if you have questions about ABFO, please contact our ABFO Membership Coordinator Genie Hawkins. Download an ABFO Membership Application HERE.
NORTHWESTERN
Paul Rickey Sound Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Email
PHILADELPHIA
Lou Arcudi Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Email
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Brandi Roberts Biotime, Inc. Email
To apply for membership in the Southern California Chapter or if you have questions about ABFO, please contact the ABFO Membership Chair. Download an ABFO SoCal Membership Application HERE.
AUSTIN
Bill McClellan (512) 797-3658 Email