Association of Bioscience Financial Officers

The association of bioscience financial officers

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 bioscience/biotechnology/med tech financial officers across the United States and Canada. Our chapters are located in areas with large numbers of biotechnology companies such as Northern California, San Diego and surrounding vicinity, Boston, Austin, and other biotechnology clusters. The 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.  The 2018 ABFO National Conference will be held in San Francisco May 29 – June 1, 2018, hosted by the ABFO NorCal Chapter.  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.  Member companies appoint their primary and secondary representatives who 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’s Mission is to:

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

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

Help 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

Bioscience/Biotechnology/MedTech/Med Device Companies are eligible for ABFO membership.

ABFO Member companies appoint their primary representative and one or two secondary representative who should hold senior financial positions, such as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President, Finance, or Controller. Director level finance people can also join.

All 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
Cardiome Pharma Corporation
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 $275 per year for companies with less than 100 employees. For companies with 100 or more employees the cost is $475. For companies with 1000 or more employees the annual cost is $1,000.
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
REVA Medical, Inc.
(858) 966-3003
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