Delaware BioBreakfast is our signature bi-monthly morning opportunity to connect with the life science industry and learn about hot topics. The event provides the opportunity to network with more than 100 professionals from the region over breakfast and coffee and learn about ground-breaking research and news from key members of the life sciences community.







Hervé Hoppenot joined Incyte in 2014 as President and Chief Executive Officer and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2015. Prior to joining Incyte, Mr Hoppenot was the President of Novartis Oncology, where he was responsible for translational medicine, development, approval, and commercialization, which included $11 billion in global sales, the largest oncology pipeline in the industry, and 8000 employees in 50 countries. Mr Hoppenot joined Novartis in 2003, and, in addition to his role as President, served as Chief Commercial Officer, Head of Global Product Strategy & Scientific Development, and Senior Vice President, Head of Global Marketing. He started his career in 1983 with Rhone Poulenc, later known as Aventis, where he served in several senior roles of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Oncology and Head of the US Oncology business unit. Mr Hoppenot holds a diploma from ESSEC Business School.




Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes obtained a BS in Chemistry in 2001 from Villanova University, where she conducted undergraduate research in the laboratories of Professor Eduard Casillas.  She obtained her masters in 2003 from Princeton University and PhD from Harvard University in 2006; her entire graduate work was conducted under the guidance of Professor Daniel E. Kahne, which focused on synthesizing glycopeptides to combat antibiotic resistance. She closely collaborated with Drs. Suzanne Walker and Christopher Walsh thereby broadening her investigation of vancomycin resistance to the interface of chemistry and biology. From 2006-2011, Catherine was a HHMI and Cancer Research Institute Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratories of Erin O’Shea (Harvard University, Molecular and Cellular Biology) and Daniel Podolosky (Massachusetts General Hospital). During her postdoctoral studies she took her chemical intuition and expanded her biological skillset to uncover problems at the molecular and cellular biology levels while delineating the immune system and cell signaling.

Catherine joined the University of Delaware’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2011.  She was appointed a joint faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences in 2012.  Her research program focuses on the development and chemical synthesis of small molecule carbohydrate probes that mimic intermediates of bacterial cell wall biosynthesis and bacterial-host immune recognition. Dr. Leimkuhler Grimes is nationally recognized as a young leader in the field of chemical biology, as she has received numerous awards including a Pew Biomedical Scholars Award, a Cottrell Scholar, and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.  She received the American Chemical Society’s Infectious Disease Young Investigator Award and was named the Mangone Young Investigator Award from the Unidel Foundation. She is the co-director of the NIH funded graduate program at the interface of chemistry and biology (CBI) and the faculty mentor to a dynamic group of undergraduate STEM majors, “The Scientistas”.


⋅  Hear from and meet with executives at the top life science companies making a difference here in Delaware

⋅  Connect with new business opportunities

⋅  Get the pulse on the latest life sciences trends

⋅  Network with peers and potential partners


Member | FREE

Non-Member | $50

In-Transition | $25

Member Table | $100

Non-Member Table | $300


Registration Policy & No Walk-Ins
The “In Transition” rate is available for first-time attendees seeking employment. If you are still searching for employment after the first BioBreakfast and wish to continue attending, we offer you a discounted rate of $25 to attend. The “Non-Member” rate is in place for those who very occasionally attend our events (no more than two events) or for those who are evaluating whether or not to join Delaware Bio. This is not intended for individuals who attend every event in a series. If you fall into this category, we would ask that you join the organization. Information about membership can be found by contacting us at:  [email protected]. Please note that Delaware Bio is a member-supported organization, preference is given to our members.  If an event becomes sold out and you are registered as a non-member, we reserve the right to cancel your registration and refund your payment.  If you are retired and wish to attend the BioBreakfast, we ask that you join the organization as a member, at our new, discounted retired membership level. Please register with your company email address (if applicable). To respect the security of our event host, we will not allow walk-ins for this event. Please register in advance, as it may fill up quickly. Thank you!

Display Tables
A limited number of display tables are available at this event. Requests for tables are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis, with preference to Delaware Bio Members. If you are interested in a table, please contact Yvette Murray at [email protected]. Cost: $100 for Members, $300 for Non-Members.

Refund Policy
Cancellations must be made in writing, via email to Yvette Murray at [email protected], more than one (1) week prior to the event to receive a refund minus 25% for registration/administrative costs. If the cancellation is made within one week of the event or the attendee is a no-show, Delaware Bio will not issue a refund. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Yvette Murray at [email protected].