I speak on biotech trends at companies and universities. I give paid talks about the state of the industry. One conference keynote, in a room seating 600 people, was standing-room only.

I give inspiring talks about leadership and teamwork, based on my summit of Mt. Everest or my biography of genomics-age pioneer Leroy Hood. I moderate panel discussions at high-level gatherings.

E-mail me at luke@timmermanreport.com to discuss your event.

Please include an overview of who and how many you expect to attend; the purpose of your event and what you hope attendees get out of it; your budget for speaking fees and travel expenses; and the challenges and opportunities your organization is facing.

Everest Talk: Lessons on Teamwork and Leadership

Reaching the summit of Mt. Everest in 2018 — and raising $340,000 for cancer research in the process — taught me a lot.

Now I’m sharing the experience through corporate talks. Everest talks feature gorgeous photos from the world’s highest mountain, along with lessons on leadership and teamwork.

“We all really enjoyed the Everest presentation. Truly inspiring for our team.” — Ben Hindson, chief scientific officer, 10X Genomics

“Awesome, inspiring, fun, riveting talk! Feedback from colleagues has been outstanding.” — Andy Plump, chief medical and scientific officer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

“Fascinating presentation on Everest and the meaning of teamwork.” — Brenda Sousa, senior vice president of human resources, Constellation Pharmaceuticals

WATCH the Everest Trailer (3:44)


Where I’ve Done Everest Talks

  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • 10X Genomics
  • Third Rock Ventures/Blueprint Medicines
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
  • Adaptive Biotechnologies
  • BioPharm America
  • MassBio
  • Sofinnova Ventures

Moderating Panel Discussions

Milken Global Conference

May 1, 2017
Los Angeles

Moderated panel with young scientific entrepreneurs

BioPharm America

Sept. 14, 2016

Panel with Michael Gilman, Troy Wilson, & Tillman Gerngross

Milken Global Conference

May 4, 2016
Los Angeles

Biotech: Bull Market or Bubble?

Partnering for Cures

Nov. 3, 2015
New York

Book Talk: Hood, Trailblazer of the Genomics Age


Hood book talks are fun, team-building employee benefits for biotech and tech companies. I give an engaging 40-minute talk plus 20-minute Q&A, then sign copies of Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age. Companies generally buy 50-60 books as gifts to employees, in addition to paying my speaking fee and expenses. E-mail me about a Hood book talk + signing.

Where I’ve Done Book Talks & Signings

GenentechGoogleMITCharles River Labs Immuno-Oncology Conference (SF)
IlluminaCelgeneCaltechMessenger RNA Therapeutics Conference (Boston)
BioMarin PharmaceuticalStanfordFenwick & West reception at BIO
Boston BioHub
XencorBroad InstituteBiopharm America
Exact SciencesSeattle GeneticsUCLABiotech Showcase
Nanostring Technologies10X GenomicsUC BerkeleyBMC/Trout reception at JP Morgan Healthcare Conference
UC San FranciscoConvergence Forum
Real Estate Equities
UC San DiegoAmerican Society of Human Genetics
TR anniversary parties at Alnylam and AdaptiveNeon Therapeutics  

…along with bookstores, book festivals, rotaries, and high-school science classes.

Praise for My Talks:

“Luke’s talk and book signing at Xencor was extremely popular with our team. It was a fun event that brought out everybody from our finance team to our gene jockeys, all of whom were riveted by Luke’s storytelling about Hood and the characters around him. The line for signing was out the conference room door.” — Bassil Dahiyat, CEO, Xencor



“Employees were still talking about it weeks later!” — Kelly Green, head of people operations, DNAnexus

Google Talks – ‘Hood’ interview

Sept. 26, 2017
Cambridge, Mass.

Interviewed by Krishna Yeshwant, partner at GV

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