2023 fall
Senior Executive Conference


October 8 – 10, 2023

Half Moon Bay, California

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

ALDA returns to Half Moon Bay for our 2023 Fall Senior Executive Conference. Our focus is on “Leveraging Data and Artificial Intelligence” and its potential to profoundly impact our industry. Discover how AI is poised to propel major transformations and engage in enlightening sessions featuring renowned experts and industry leaders. AI topical sessions will, as always, be accompanied by bookend top-tier keynote speakers and unparalleled networking that you can only find at an ALDA conference.

ALDA’s semi-annual meetings are for presidents, CEOs, COOs, and senior executives from our member companies.

All times are PDT.

Sunday, October 8

4:00-6:00 p.m. Registration

6:00-9:15 p.m. Welcome reception and seated dinner. Fireside chat with:

Steve Wozniak, “The Woz”

Co-founder of Apple Inc.

A Silicon Valley icon, technology entrepreneur and philanthropist for more than forty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II. He also influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Ronald Reagan in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators. Read more about Woz here.

During the fireside chat-style session with ALDA Chair Patrick Kaltenbach, Woz will reflect on his career, the early days at Apple, lessons in leadership, the state of technology today, his perspective on AI, and more. It’s sure to be an enlightening, engaging conversation. We’ll open it up for Q&A, so be sure to bring your questions for the Woz!

Monday, October 9

9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Artificial Intelligence programming | All sessions will take place in the same room; several networking breaks are built into today’s schedule.

7:30-9:00 a.m. Breakfast buffet

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Next-Gen Artificial Intelligence: GenAI (GenAI in Diagnostics and Life Sciences)

An overview of the impact this rapidly evolving technology is having, and will have, on our industry and what it means for attendees.


Presented by:

Dr. Gunnar Trommer
Managing Director & Partner, Healthcare Leader

Shashanka Muppaneni
Managing Director & Partner, Lead Life Sciences Tools & Diagnostics

10:15-10:45 a.m. Networking break

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Precisely Practicing Medicine from 700 Trillion Points of Health Data

We know AI is poised to disrupt our industry and create unparalleled insights into the data we’re generating, but when and how will this happen? What use cases exist now? How do academia and biotech collaborate?


Presented by:

Atul Butte, MD, PhD
Priscilla Chan & Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, & Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF
Director, Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute, UCSF
Chief Data Scientist, University of California Health System

12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch buffet

1:30-2:00 p.m. Business Meeting

2:00-2:45 p.m.

Creating Drugs at the Speed of AI

How is pharma leveraging data and AI? What collaborative opportunities are there? How can companies manage the sheer volume of data being produced by new modalities?


Speaker change: Unfortunately, due to illness Sean McClain, Founder, CEO, and Director of Absci, is unable to present. Sean’s session will still be presented, virtually, by Absci’s Chief AI Officer, Amaro Taylor-Weiner.



Amaro Taylor-Weiner
Chief AI Officer

2:45-3:15 p.m. Networking break

3:15-4:15 p.m.

Panel: Life Science Tools Companies Navigating AI

A panel of industry executives will discuss how their companies are approaching AI and how they might leverage this technology internally as well as with customers. How do they feel it will impact our member companies and the industry moving forward?

Panelist: Joydeep Goswami
CFO & Chief Strategy Officer, Illumina

Panelist: Karen Madden
CTO, Millipore Sigma

Panelist: Greg Milosevich
Vice President and Group Executive, Life Sciences, Danaher

Panelist: Dan Shine
Senior Vice President and President, Analytical Instruments Group, Thermo Fisher

Moderator: Jacob Thaysen
CEO, Illumina

5:30-7:00 p.m.

ALDA’s Wine & Cheese Reception on the Lawn featuring “The Somm Challenge”
Join your fellow attendees for a scenic reception on the Ocean Lawn for networking and wine and cheese tasting – and a little friendly competition. Those interested can form teams and partake in “The Sommelier Challenge.” The Sommelier will describe the three legs of the challenge and teams will visit stations to guess the wine’s varietal, age, or best food pairing. The Sommelier will guide you through how they approach each unique situation. Try three different challenges – Vertical Tasting, Varietal Blind Tasting, and Sensory. Winners get sommelier bragging rights and a team photo op!

7:00-9:00 p.m. Dinner

Tuesday, October 10

7:00-8:00 a.m. Breakfast buffet

8:00-9:15 a.m. Closing Keynote Session with guest speaker:

Ian Bremmer

Political scientist, author, and entrepreneur

Ian Bremmer helps business leaders, policymakers, and the general public make sense of the world around them. Ian is president and founder of Eurasia Group, the world’s leading political risk research and consulting firm, and GZERO Media, a company dedicated to providing intelligent and engaging coverage of international affairs. He also is a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, the BBC, Bloomberg, and many other television stations around the world.

A renowned political scientist and author, Ian’s session will be an exhilarating blend of entertainment and profound insights as he unravels the intricacies of our ever-evolving geopolitical landscape.

First attendee from your company:

Additional attendees from your company:

Half Moon Bay, California, US
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Just 30 minutes from San Francisco and Silicon Valley, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is nestled on a cliff overlooking the ocean. In this tranquil setting, guests can enjoy a rejuvenating spa experience, rounds of golf on two championship courses, and gathering by one of many outdoor firepits.

Our Hotel Reservations Link is now closed as we have reached our cut-off date. Please contact Carol Starke if you would like to reserve a room.

We also have a small block of rooms at a hotel close by. The Half Moon Bay Lodge is located 1.2 miles (four-minute car ride) from The Ritz-Carlton. Access the reservation link here.

What can I expect?

Powerful connections and world-class speakers you can experience only at ALDA conferences.

When is the conference?

We begin Sunday, October 8 at 6 p.m. with a business-oriented speaker and dinner. The conference wraps up with our keynote speaker on Tuesday, October 10 around 9:30 a.m.

Who should attend?

Presidents, CEOs, COOs and senior executives from ALDA member companies. Spouses are also welcome to attend the Sunday and Monday dinners and the closing session on October 10.

**This conference is for ALDA members only. If you are interested in attending and are a non-member, please contact ALDA staff regarding membership and the necessary next steps.

What is the cost to attend?

  • First attendee from your company: $2,795
  • Each additional attendee: $2,295

Where can I stay?

ALDA’s Hotel Reservations Link at the Ritz-Carlton is now closed as we have reached our cut-off date. Please contact Carol Starke if you would like to reserve a room.

We also have a small block of rooms at a hotel close by. The Half Moon Bay Lodge is located 1.2 miles (four-minute car ride) from The Ritz-Carlton. Access the reservation link here.

How do I register?

  1. Sign in to the website with your username and password. If you’re a member, you can reset your password here, if needed. Or, please contact us for assistance signing in.
  2. To register only yourself, select “Add Me.” Click “Save/Continue” to proceed through registration.
  3. Group registration: to register more than one person from your company and use one payment method for all registrants, use “Add Someone Else” to search for records in our system. If any registrant is not in our system, you can add them. Once all registrants are added, click “Save/Continue” to proceed through registration.

I have more questions – who can I contact?

Please contact Carol Starke, ALDA Meetings and Administration Manager, via email.