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Healthcare, Biotech and Pharmaceutical Leaders to Meet With Investors in Search of Breakthrough Business Solutions at 'The Global Leaders Healthcare Forum' in San Francisco January 10

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of CEOs from the healthcare, biotech and pharmaceutical industries plan to huddle next month with investment professionals to seek new business models to bridge healthcare's gap between innovation and financial resources.  They will be meeting at the 2nd Annual Global Leaders Healthcare Forum, in San Francisco on January 10, 2012.  The forum is hosted by The Global Leaders, an exclusive business network of 2 million CEOs and other senior executives worldwide.

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Among the presenters announced today will be a panel of former CEOs of four of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, Jeff Kindler (Pfizer), Harry Kraemer (Baxter International), Robert G. Johnson, Jr., MD, PhD (Kosan Biosciences), and Myrtle Potter (Genentech, Inc.), hosted by George Bickerstaff, former CFO, Novartis Pharma AG. 

"The solutions to the world's urgent healthcare challenges are within our grasp," said Mr. Bickerstaff, who is Executive Chairman of The Global Leaders, and Partner and Managing Director of M.M. Dillon LLC. "The challenge is bringing together the innovators with the providers of resources to focus on business models that actually work.  For example, the cost of capital for biotech companies is way above the cost for other companies, by a factor of five.  We need to be able to take healthcare products to market faster and more cost-effectively.  At our forum we'll be bringing together some of the best and brightest minds in the world to address one of the biggest challenges facing this generation or any to follow."

The forum will provide a dialogue among industry experts through keynote speeches, panel discussions, interactive table meetings hosted by experts, and informal networking. 

The Global Leaders is a unique worldwide digital community of CEOs and other senior-level executives in business, government, education and philanthropy.  The Global Leaders has 2 million members who have held senior executive leadership positions in companies that drive more than 70 percent of the world's Gross Domestic Product. 

The news media and healthcare-focused bloggers will be welcomed at the forum.

Lead sponsors of the forum are CTPartners, Epstein Becker & Green, and IDEA Pharma.  Sponsors include CorpShorts, PRNewswire/MultiVu, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP, M.M. Dillon & Co., Elsevier Business Intelligence, M&A Chicago, AVG, LatinVision, The Conference Forum, One Mind for Research, Gershon Capital & Cie, Synergetics, Group 50 Consulting, and Remerinc.

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Follow The Global Leaders on Twitter at @TGLeaders and the Healthcare Forum at #TGLHealth 

Contact: William Adler, Belvedere Communications, +1-203-438-5085,

SOURCE The Global Leaders

Posted: December 2011