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Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is getting ready to play host to a different breed of rich rock stars: venture capitalists.

Now in its fifth year, the annual Rock Stars of Innovation Summit on Friday will unite San Diego’s leading researchers and some of the nation’s top venture capitalists and the biotech and technology companies they invest in.

Startups slated to speak, including DermTech, Soccerly and Tellus Technology Inc., will give one of the biggest performances of their lives in front of the deep-pocketed crowd that's hungry to find the next best thing.

Among those expected to make an appearance are Amgen Ventures, JMI Equity and Morgenthaler Ventures.

Keynote speakers include Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics Inc. and former editor-in-chief of Wired, and Napoleone Ferrara, senior deputy director for basic sciences at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.

Rapid-fire panels will break down some of the industry's "it" topics of the moment, like drug discovery partnerships, wireless health devices and personalized medicine.

Expect executives to loosen up their ties and talk candidly. At last year's event, Paul Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM), addressed a topic that's typically kept quiet -- the company’s lucrative relationship with Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL).

The event is presented by Connect, a technology and life sciences accelerator, and Xconomy.

More than 250 top venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, investment bankers, academic leaders and life science and technology executives are expected to attend the event, which has a call time at 8 a.m.

Some might be a tad hungover; the all-day summit kicks off with a VC jam session and networking event at the Gaslamp hotel on Thursday night, featuring music by The Imitators.

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Chuck Dieveney

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