Association of Bioscience Financial Officers

The Association of Bioscience Financial Officers - 2023 Annual Conference - May 15-18, 2023

ABFO is pleased to announce our dates for the 2023 ABFO National Conference.  Our in person National Conference will start on Monday evening, May 15 (kick-off reception) and continue through Thursday, May 18, 2023 in San Francisco at the Fairmont Hotel. Watch your email for updates on conference registration as we get closer to January.

Please contact to be added to our email distribution list to receive notice of future events, or if you have any questions about what ABFO can provide for you.

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.


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.


ABFO Membership


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

ABFO Regional Chapters

Brian Hahn, Glycomimetics Email
Jim Karrels, MacroGenics, Inc. Email
Justin Renz, Ardelyx, Inc. Email
Sean Kruuv, AGTC, Inc. (386) 462-2204 x 7161 Email
David Tucker, Ancora Heart, Inc. Email
Northern California ABFO Chapter membership is $500 per calendar year for companies with less than 100 employees. For companies with 100 or more employees the cost is $750. For companies with 1000 or more employees the annual cost is $1,500.
To apply for NorCal ABFO membership or if you have questions about ABFO, please contact our ABFO Membership Coordinator Genie Hawkins. Apply for NorCal ABFO Membership Here.  NorCal chapter membership subject to BOD approval.
Paul Rickey,  Sound Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Email
Brandi Roberts  Longboard Pharmaceuticals
Cassandra Cook  Shoreline Pharmaceuticals
To be added to our ABFO roster for 2022 meetings, please contact Cassandra or Brandi.  We are in the process of updating our membership platform; this is expected to be rolled out in January 2023.
Bill McClellan (512) 797-3658 Email