Timmerman Traverse for Life Science Cares 2024


Invitation to the Timmerman Traverse for Life Science Cares 2024.

Please join me for the adventure of a lifetime.

The Timmerman Traverse for Life Science Cares 2024 is back. We’re on a mission to raise $1 million to fight poverty. On this journey, we’ll test our endurance, marvel at Mother Nature, and form lasting friendships.

We will cover 20 miles of trails, with 7,000 feet of elevation gain, over two days in the North Cascades of the Pacific Northwest. We’ll do this on back-to-back day hikes. You’ll see some of the most spectacular scenery in North America.

Day 1: Hidden Lake Lookout.
Day 2: Cascade Pass / Sahale Arm

Read the description of Hidden Lake Lookout and Cascade Pass / Sahale Arm from the Washington Trails Association. We’ll hike in mid-August when the weather is warm and the alpine meadows are in full wildflower bloom.

A group of about 20 biotech leaders will be selected from around the country. If you join, you must raise a minimum of $25,000 for Life Science Cares. Most team members end up going beyond, raising an average of $43,000.

Collectively, these expeditions have generated $2.9 million in the first three years.

We can do big things by working together.

The resources will go to a network of community nonprofits. Some of these organizations provide necessities of food and shelter. Others advance science education and job training that can uplift people for generations.

Our outreach is concentrated where many of us live and work — Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Philadelphia, and New York.


Dates: Aug. 18-21, 2024

Place: Cedar Springs Lodge & Retreat Center,
31459 Barben Road, Sedro Woolley, WA. (2 hours North of Seattle).

It’s a comfortable and relaxing place for us to rest before and after our day hikes. (Description here).

Sunday, Aug. 18:

Noon-6 pm. Orientation. Cedar Springs Lodge & Retreat Center.
6 pm. Team dinner.

Monday, Aug. 19

6 am Breakfast.
6:30 am. Vans to Hidden Lake Lookout trailhead.
7:45 am. Hike to Hidden Lake Lookout. 8.8 miles / 3,700 ft elevation gain.
4:45 pm. Vans to lodge
6:30 pm Dinner.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

5:45 am. Breakfast
6:15 am. Vans to Cascade Pass Trailhead
7:45 am. Hike Cascade Pass / Sahale Arm. 11.6 miles / 3,963 ft. elev. gain
4:45 pm. Vans to lodge
6:30 pm. Dinner

Wednesday. Aug. 21

7 am Breakfast / Goodbyes.

Confirmed 2024 participants:
  • Luke Timmerman, founder & editor, Timmerman Report
  • Vineeta Agarwala, general partner, A16Z Bio & Health
  • Nancy Simonian, former CEO, Syros Pharmaceuticals
  • Jennifer McNealey, chief financial officer, Abdera Therapeutics
  • Ashley Van Zeeland, VP, corporate development, Illumina
  • Jason Coloma, CEO, Maze Therapeutics
  • Joe Payne, founder and CEO, Arcturus Therapeutics
  • Cayce Denton, general partner, Dandelion Capital Management
  • Colin Hill, founder and CEO, Aitia
  • Aaron Ring, Anderson Family Endowed Chair in Immunotherapy, associate professor, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center; co-founder, Simcha Therapeutics, Seranova, Stipple Bio, ALX Oncology, Ab Initio Biotherapeutics
  • Racquel Bracken, partner, Venrock
  • Bonnie Anderson, co-founder and CEO, PinkDx; former co-founder and CEO, Veracyte; board member, Bruker and DNA Script
  • Ethan Weiss, entrepreneur-in-residence, Third Rock Ventures
  • Jim Reddoch, EVP and CSO, Royalty Pharma
  • Katherine Andersen, head of life sciences, HSBC Bank USA
  • Amy Abernethy, former president of product development and chief medical officer, Verily
  • Jim Birchenough, Chairman of Global Healthcare Investment Banking and Co-Head of Global Biopharma Investment Banking, Barclays
  • Harlan Robins, co-founder and CSO, Adaptive Biotechnologies
  • Saul Fink, chief technology officer, Q32Bio
  • Tracy Fink, founder, The Tortoise Institute
  • Josh Lehrer, CEO, newco backed by Third Rock Ventures
  • Art Krieg, founder and former CSO, Checkmate Pharmaceuticals
  • Lakpa Rita Sherpa, founder, Khangri Experience




See what alumni have to say:

“It was amazing to see leaders across our biotech industry come together to raise funds to help bridge the unfortunately real gap between the medicines we develop, and the patients and communities who need access to them. I’m so grateful to be part of this dream team.”
– Vineeta Agarwala, general partner, A16Z Bio & Health

“The industry is at its best when we come together to solve challenges: whether that is navigating boulders on Mt. Clay or raising money and awareness for charities like Life Science Cares; a helping hand, teamwork, and support for one another are the hallmarks of success. This team had them in spades.”
– Jeb Keiper, CEO, Nimbus Therapeutics

“We started as industry colleagues with an aligned philanthropic goal. We finished as friends, deeply connected through an experience none of us will ever forget and all of us will work to rekindle in our lives.”
– Reid Huber, partner, Third Rock Ventures

“An adventure of a lifetime…the professional connections became friendships and friendships became ever deeper connections. I came away with a renewed and profound appreciation for the many special and amazing people in our industry who are willing to work to make the world better.”
– June Lee, venture partner, 5AM Ventures

“I am so grateful for the wonderful experience of a Timmerman giving expedition! It was very inspiring and rewarding to challenge myself both mentally and physically with an amazing group of high integrity
– Sheila Gujrathi, executive chair, Ventyx Biosciences