Advanced Therapies Europe 2020

29TH - 30TH SEPTEMBER 2020



James Kovach

James Kovach

Director, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, UC Davis Health

Dr. James Kovach serves as Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of California Davis Health System, where he supports UC Davis faculty, staff and student training in entrepreneurship and engages in industry outreach. 

Dr. Kovach is also Chief Innovation Officer of Aggie Square. Aggie Square is an innovation center launched by UC Davis to spur economic growth in Sacramento through partnerships with the City of Sacramento and other entities, while encouraging collaborations across UC Davis disciplines—in life sciences, food systems, mobility, government, civic technology, arts and communications.

Dr. Kovach received his medical degree with distinction from the University of Kentucky while simultaneously playing in the National Football League.  Following his NFL career, he attended law school at Stanford University and practiced corporate law in Palo Alto California.

Dr. Kovach established the Technology Transfer Program at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  He has also served as Chief Operating Officer of Athersys, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHX), a leading public biotechnology company developing stem cell therapeutics.

  • Real thinking forward combining experts in the field from manufacturing, regulatory and value vision” – “great network with strong experience and sharing risks & opportunities
    Jean-Philippe Combal
    GenSight Biologics
  • The conference consistently proves to be a great forum for networking with industry leaders in the development of cellular and gene therapies as well as vendors for important technologies and services.
    Michael Covington
    Juno Therapeutics, Inc
  • It was a very interesting event as all participants, including speakers were ready to exchange, even on the most challenging subjects such as reimbursement, GMP guidance
    Bertrand Alexandre
  • Phacilitate EU delivered it's promise and more, the topics discussed were highly relevant, with very good and professional speakers and panelists. You will see me next year in Berlin.
    Dr Ohad Karnieli
    Karnieli Ltd