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This year’s Program will feature interactive and engaging discussions from industry and thought leaders on recent trends in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and bioagriculture fields. General Sessions and Breakout Sessions will also address Florida’s current position and potential in the life sciences industry; debates on state and federal public policy; and topics related to product development, scientific advancements, patient advocacy, business development reimbursement, commercialization and financing.

2014 Program Chair
Dawn Johnson, PhD
The Scripps Research Institute - Scripps Florida


3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Registration Set-up/Open

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by Beckman Coulter Inc.


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration Open

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

1:1 Partnering Open

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM

Welcome Address

Jack Seiler, Mayor of Ft. Lauderdale

8:25 AM - 8:45 AM

Keynote: Life Sciences in Florida

Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Sponsored by Triumvirate Environmental

8:50 AM - 9:10 AM

Keynote: Why Florida

Lee Evans, Executive Director and Site Leader, North America Center, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

9:10 AM - 9:30 AM

Break with Exhibitors

9:35 AM - 10:50 AM

BioScience: Facing a Common Challenge - Advances in Aging Alzheimer Research and Policy

Moderator: Mel Rothberg, COO, VGTI Florida

Panelists: Fiona Crawford, PhDPresident & CEO, Roskamp InstituteSteve Anton, PhD, Associate Professor & Chief, Clinical Research Division, University of Florida; Dr. Robert Hood, PhD, Manager, Public Health Research Unit, Florida Department of Health; Erzsebet Szatmari, PhD, Research Scientist, Max Planck Florida Institute of Neuroscience

9:35 AM - 10:50 AM

BioBusiness: Spotlight on the Innovation in Florida

Moderator: Phil Arlen, PhD, President & Chief Scientific Officer, Revolution Medicine

Panelists: Dedra Reiger Lyden, Director of Corporate & Business Development, TherapeuticsMD; Thad Seymour Jr. PhD, Senior Vice President, Tavistock Development Company, President, Lake Nona Institute; David Shepard, Director, Orthobiologics, Arthrex Inc.; Sue Washer, President & CEO, AGTC

9:35 AM - 10:50 AM

BioTrends: Teaming for Success: Strategic Partnerships Throughout the Industry

Moderator: Leslie Croland, PA, Partner, Duane Morris

Panelists: Gary Ascani, Vice President, Business Development, Nanotherapeutics, Inc.; John Couris, President & CEO, Jupiter Medical Center; Richard Houghten, PhD, CEO & President, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies; Michael Vascellaro, Research, Development, & Production, RS&H

11:00 AM

Legislator of the Year

11:05 AM - 11:25 AM

Keynote: Healthcare Policy: Looking Forward

Jason Altmire, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Community Engagement, Florida Blue

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Public Policy Panel: Presentations from the NIH and the FDA

Moderator:Jason Altmire, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Community Engagement, Florida Blue

Panelists: David Green, Partner, Deloitte Tax, LLP; Sitta Sittapalam, PhD, Senior Scientific Officer & Project Manager, NIH


12:40 PM - 1:55 PM

BioScience: Emerging Public Health Concerns and Solutions

Moderator: John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS, State Surgeon General, Florida Department of Health

Panelists: Steve Parkinson, President & CEO, Lakewood-Amedex, Inc.; Ted Ross, PhD, Program Director, VGTI Florida; Susanna Valente, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases, The Scripps Research Center


12:40 PM - 1:55 PM

BioBusiness: Commercialization Planning and Execution: Pre- to Post-Launch Principals

Moderator/Panelist:Karen Moore, CEO & Founder, Moore Communications

Panelists: Julia Amadio, Chief Product Officer, Therapeutics MD; Karen Dawes, President, Knowledgeable Decisions, LLC

12:40 PM - 1:55 PM

BioTrends: Next Generation Technology

Moderator: Seth Goldenberg, MD, Senior Principal Scientist, NAMSA

Panelists: Eric Buffkin, Co-founder & President, eTect, Inc.; Robert Karnick, Senior Business Development Manager, ROBRADY design; Shankar Sundaram, PhD, Director, Bioengineering Center, Draper Laboratory

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

BioBusiness: Corporate Strategies and Business Development Insights

Moderator: Randy Scott, Partner, HealthQuest Capital

Panelists: Cheryl Calhoun, VP Corporate Development, Xcovery; Joe Collard, Co-Founder and CEO, EpiGenetix; Rob Jordheim, CFO, Executive VP & Head-Investor Relations, RTI Surgical Inc.

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Moderator: Robert Ranum, Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron P.A.

Panelists: Jim DeMasa, MD, Integene International Holdings, LLC; Dirk Henson, CEO, TecportVision; Rune Nystad,President & CEO, EyeLife Inc.; Christine Meehan, M.S., Vice President of Marketing, Aviana Molecular Technologies, Inc; Donald Rossenkoetter, Kynder Med

3:15 PM - 3:35 PM

Break with Exhibitors

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Creating the Future: Discovery, Products and Workforce

Moderator: Andrew Duffel, President & CEO, Research Park at Florida Atlantic University

Panelists: Judy Genshaft PhD, President, USF John Kelly PhD, President, FAU; Mark Rosenberg PhD, President, FIU

4:35 PM - 4:45 PM

Entrepreneurial Award

4:50 PM - 5:20 PM

The Future Is Here: Building for Success

Moderator: Sue Washer, President & CEO, AGTC

Panelists: Richard Allen, CEO, Xhale; Robert Finizio, CEO, TherapeuticsMD; Steve Parkinson, President & CEO, Lakewood-Amedex Inc.

5:25 PM - 5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Government Affairs Meeting

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Reception on Ocean View Terrace

Sponsored by Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and Moore Communications


7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Registration Open

7:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

1:1 Partnering Open

8:00 AM - 8:10 AM

Welcome and BioFlorida Award

8:10 AM - 8:40 AM

Keynote: The Power of Patient Advocacy

John W. Walsh, President & CEO, Alpha-1 Foundation

8:40 AM - 9:10 AM

Keynote: Medical Devices: Outlook for Florida and the Value of Latin America

Jim Hogan, President, Medtronic Latin America

9:10 AM - 9:25 AM

Break with Exhibitors

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

BioScience: Seeing the Future:  Advances in Ophthalmology Research and Technology

Moderator: Svetlana Shtrom, PhD, Director, Technology Commercialization & Director, University of Central Florida (UCF) Office of Research & Commercialization   

Panelists: W. Lee Ball, Jr., O.D, Associate Director, Professional Affairs, Vistakon, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc; J. William Harbour, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Marc Kantorow, Director of Graduate Programs, Schmidt College of Medicine, FAU; Sue Washer, President & CEO, AGTC

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

BioBusiness: Funding Options

Moderator: David Day, Assistant Vice President & Director, UF Office of Technology Licensing

Panelists: Kathy Chiu, COO, Florida Angel Nexus, John Engels, Co-founder & Vice President, AxoGen; Weaver Gaines, President & CEO, OB Medical; Dr. Jackson Streeter, CEO, Banyan Biomarkers

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

BioTrends: Florida Areas of Growth: Focus on Medical Tourism and Marine Biotechnology

Moderator:Glenn Ladwig, Partner, Saliwanchik Lloyd & Eisenschenk;

Antonio Briceno, MD, MPH, MPS, Vice President, Global Health Center; Jose Victor Lopez, PhD, Professor, Oceanographic Center, Nova Southeastern University; Renee-Marie Stephano, President, Medical Tourism Association

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

Break with Exhibitors

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

BioScience: Regenerative Medicine/Transplant: The Next Frontier

Moderator: Bernie Siegel, J.D., Founder and Executive Director, Genetics Policy Institute

 Catherine Pachuk, PhD, Chief Scientist Officer, Somahlution; Claudia Zylberberg, PhD, Akron Biotech

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

BioTrends: New Trends in Cancer Treatment

Moderator: Dawn Johnson, PhD, Senior Director, Florida Operations, Scripps Florida

Panelists: Julie Bradley, MD, Faculty Member, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Florida ; Warren Marcus, PhD, Scientist and Business Development Associate, Altor BioScience Corporation; Stephen Marcus, MD, President, Cantex Pharmaceuticals; Vernon Sondak, MD, Chair, Department of Cutaneous Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Moderator: John Weatherspoon, PhD, Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quiqq

Panelists: Greg Bendis, CEO, Reviticell; Carlos Hondal, Founder & CEO, XDG Technologies, LLC; Devon Grimme, Director of Business Development, Prometheon Pharma; Dr. Ali Shahriari, CEO, Aortic Innovations SuRena LLC.; Anil Thota, Chief Engineer, Advensys LLC.;

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Luncheon | Company of the Year | BioPitch

Moderator: Doug Armstrong, PhD, Dawson James Securities, Inc.

Panelists: Laure Adamson-Small,PhD, CEO and Co-Founder, MyelJAK Biomarkers, LLC; Eva Berkes, MD, Chief Scientific Officer, VP OF Research & Development & Founder, Quorum Innovations; Tony Brazzale, CEO, Gordian Biotechnologies, Inc. Nicholas Monsul, MD, President, CEO, & Founder, Quorum Innovations

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