If there’s anyone who hasn’t got fed up looking for somewhere to sit and chat or have a meeting in San Francisco at the 2019 JP Morgan Healthcare conference this week, then don’t be surprised…
#JPM19 meeting space truly scarce. Saw several presentations underway in Macy’s.
— Michael Gilman (@michael_gilman) January 8, 2019
With meeting space continually at a premium and many attendees unwilling to pay exhorbitant table rental prices, you now see people resorting to the lobby steps at the Sir Francis Drake, while the ladies have the advantage over the gents of access to the powder room in the Westin (with plugs!)
There’s also a movement from the chic to the shabby:
Another pro tip: a little shabby, but the second floor of the Jack in the Box next to the Westin has no table cover charge, plenty of space for meetings. From humble beginnings great outcomes are possible. #JPM19 pic.twitter.com/phLToNZeTG
— Brad Prosek (@bprosek11) January 8, 2019
JPM is as much about informal meetings, pitches and confabs about new ideas, as it is about the actual CEO presentations, and so this situation is likely to continue in future years.
You can check out all of our JPM19 coverage, analysis and discussions here.
Meanwhile, we continue to dive in with our latest daily blog and put a bunch of companies through their paces. If day 1 is all about the big pharmas, by day 3 the focus is much more on up and coming or mid sized biotechs…