Health care's biggest annual gathering — the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference — starts Monday in San Francisco as the industry grapples with threats from Washington to Silicon Valley.
More than 485 companies from biotech, pharma, insurance, hospital systems and more will give investor presentations to more than 9,000 attendees at the Westin St. Francis hotel this year. Even more consulting companies and law firms will flood hotel suites and conference rooms near Union Square to host meetings that executives compare to speed dating for investors.
In its 37th year, the four-day conference has helped shape the agenda for both the industry and individual companies for the year. Some executives share their financial forecasts or milestones investors can expect from drug pipelines. Others touch on themes for the industry, with tax reform being a major focus last year.