Entrepreneurial support organization CED announced that Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD will be the keynote speaker for their annual CED Life Science Conference, held this year March 1-2, 2016.

Dr. Lefkowitz won the 2012 Nobel Prize for his work in Chemistry, is an Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is the James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry, Duke University Medical Center. He has served as President of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and of the Association of America Physicians, and on the Council of the USA National Academy of Sciences. Lefkowitz has received five honorary doctorates and many awards for his work on cellular receptors, including the 2007 National Medal of Science, presented by President George W. Bush on Sept. 29, 2008, in a White House ceremony.

Dr. Lefkowitz will be joined by other featured speakers and panelists who count as some of the most influential and innovative thought-leaders in the life science fields. Previous CED Life Science Conference speakers have included:

  • John C. Lechleiter, Chairman, President, & CEO, Eli Lilly & Co; 
  • Herbert W. Boyer, Co-Founder, Genentech;
  • Alex Gorsky, CEO, Johnson & Johnson; 
  • George A. Scangos, CEO, Biogen;
  • Margaret Hamburg, Former Commissioner, FDA; and
  • Jack Szostak, Nobel Laureate, Physiology or Medicine (2009).

CED has opened early registration for the annual event, held in partnership with NC BIO and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.