Union Square and Cable Car in San Francisco

I am looking forward to seeing many of you in person at the global curtain raising event for healthcare finance that is the JP Morgan conference and its associated satellite events like the Biotech Showcase and the myriad of one-to-ones and receptions in San Francisco next week.

Meet up with UK colleagues
From my perspective there are three key moments when many of the UK contingent traveling will gather.

  1. On Sunday night Tony Jones of OneNucleus and I will be be in the Redwood Room at the Clift Hotel, 495 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, from 1930 for a couple of hours to get over our jet lag. Do feel free to join us.
  2. On Monday evening UKTI and Scottish development international hold a reception from 1800 to 2000 at the Merchants Exchange Club, 75 Leidesdorff Street, San Francisco CA94104
  3. And finally on Wednesday the BIA reception, co-hosted by AstraZeneca and MedImmune, from 17.00-21.00 at The Old Mint, 88 5th Street, San Francisco, CA94103. Please email me or Chris Yochim if you would like to attend.

Both the JP Morgan and Biotech Showcase events and many of the accompanying receptions are in the Union Square area of San Francisco. There are lots of place to eat around Union Square, but if you are in a hurry, it might be worth walking a couple of blocks away to find less busy cafes and restaurants.

Worth reading on the plane

It will be my first time experiencing these events, so I have spoken with people that have been before and taken on comments from my webinar before Christmas to provide what I hope is a useful guide. BioPartner has a list of all the UK companies attending the Biotech Showcase.

I’m not the only one thinking about this, as Xconomy’s Luke Timmerman has written a helpful guide with “10 Tips for Maximizing the JP Morgan Healthcare Experience“, although former Bloomberg journalist, now at WCG, Brian Reid has a few differing views and Bruce Booth of Atlas Venture suggests that you be aware of the “Top 10 Little White Lies Told At The JP Morgan Healthcare Conference“.

Follow what’s happening on social media whether you are there or not
The JP Morgan event has been well covered on Twitter in recent years and will probably be the same this year – follow the hashtag #JPM14 to keep up. The Biotech Showcase will also be covered at hashtag #BTS14.

If you just want to follow a few people some of the busiest #JPM14 tweeters are likely to include:

There is also a Tweetup on the Monday evening if you’d like to meet some of them in person.

The easiest way to get from San Francisco airport to the city is on the BART train. If there are a group of you a taxi may be cheaper, but do not bother it you arrive near rush hour as it can take a long time to get into the city centre.

If you are planning on using buses, trams and cable cars, in the city there are tourist passes available.

If you are planning on more widespread travel in the Bay Area – including down to Silicon Valley, and don’t want to scrabble for change for every journey, consider getting a Clippercard, which works like an Oystercard, and is valid on BART, San Francisco MTA transport and Caltrain.

There is a helpful route planning website for public transport in the bay area.