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Please view the below Agenda for confirmed Keynotes, General Session Speakers, Moderators and Panelists all scheduled for this year's BioFlorida Annual Conference! Bookmark this page as additional speakers and titles will be posted in the coming weeks. If you're interested in viewing speaker headshots and bios, please click on the Meet the Speakers button below.

Sunday, October 11

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception is a great way to network with conference attendees in a casual environment. Join us for a toast as we kick-off the conference Sunday evening. Dress is business casual and the event will be held outside, weather permitting.

Monday, October 12

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors

This year, we're starting a half an hour earlier with Continental Breakfast on the Expo Floor.

8:30 AM - 8:50 AM 

General Session

Conference Welcome
Nancy K. Bryan - President & CEO, BioFlorida, Inc.
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs
Orlando Mayor John Hugh "Buddy" Dyer


8:50 AM - 9:35 AM

Keynote Session

Connecting Innovators Across the World
Robert G. Urban, PhD - Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation 

Robert is head of the Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Boston. He joined the Johnson & Johnson family of companies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was the founding Executive Director of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. In this leadership role, Robert worked to build the Koch Institute into new standard for interdisciplinary disease-focused research via an expanding, highly-effective, relationship network with other academic oncology centers, industrial partners, cancer-focused philanthropists and investors. During Robert’s tenure, the Koch Institute launched 17 start-up companies and its technology was the source of over 50 out-licensing transactions.


9:35 AM - 9:50 AM

General Session
A Personal Point of View - The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury
Lisa McHale, Director of Family Relations, Concussion Legacy Foundation and Widow of Tom McHale, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins

Lisa McHale graduated from Cornell University, where she met her husband, Tom McHale, an All-American Defensive End for the Big Red. They married in 1990 and moved to Tampa, where Tom began his 9 year NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Lisa received a Master’s and Educational Specialist (ED.S) degree in School Psychology from the University of South Florida. Their eldest son T.J. was born in May 1994, and suffered complications due to extreme prematurity. Since that time, Lisa has enjoyed the challenges and the joys of raising a child with special needs, along with his younger brothers, Michael and Matthew. Lisa’s introduction to the Sports Legacy Institute occurred in 2008 when her husband of eighteen years passed away in May and became the second former NFL player diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy by the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine (BU CSTE). In March, 2010, Lisa joined the SLI team, first serving as the Volunteer and Family Coordinator. She and her three boys reside in Tampa.



9:55 AM - 11:10 AM 



BioScience Track Session

Perspectives on Precision Medicine
Layton H. Smith, PhD - Director, Drug Discovery Florida, Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Metabolism Program, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (moderator)
Tan A.  Ince, MD, PhD - Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Miami Health System 
Pam McLean, PhD - Researcher, Mayo Clinic
Jake VanLandingham, PhD - President & Founder, Prevacus, Inc.

BioTrends Track Session

Innovation in Healthcare: Digitizing Health
Chris Hillier, PhD - ‎Senior Director of Business Innovation, GuideWell (moderator)
Robert Baldwin - Chief Executive Officer, MediVu
Tracy Ingram, CEO & Founder, BioscanR, Inc.
Lance McCain, Director of MIS Analytic Systems, Florida Hospital 
David Metcalf, PhD - Director of the Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab (METIL), Inst. For Simulation & Training, University of Central Florida

BioBusiness Track Session

Spotlight on Innovation
Jeffrey Tate - Director, President & Chief Executive Officer, CTD Holdings, Inc. (moderator)
John Engels - Vice President & Co-Founder, AxoGen, Inc.
Larry Bullock - CFO, AGTC
Rick Wassel - Managing Director, IQ Orlando
Kimberly Ramsey - CFO, OBMedical

11:10 AM - 11:35 AM

Break with Exhibitors 

11:40 AM - 12:55 PM

BioScience Track Session 

Immuno-Oncology: The Next Frontier
James Mulé, PhD - Associate Center Director for Translational Science, Moffitt Cancer Center (moderator)
Adil Duru, PhD – Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University
Donnie McGrath, MD -  Vice President, Business Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Laszlo Radvanyi, PhD - Chief Scientific Officer, Lion Biotechnologies 
Hing Wong, PhD - President and Chief Executive Officer, Altor Bioscience Corporation

BioTrends Track Session

Florida Areas of Strength: Space Research
Siobhan Malany, PhD - Director of Translational Biology, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (moderator)
Mark Bontrager - Vice President, Spaceport Operations, Space Florida
Samuel Durrance - Professor, Florida Institute of Technology
Colonel Gregory H. Johnson - President & Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

BioBusiness Track Session

Strategies for Optimizing Pricing and Reimbursement 
Thaddeus Seymour, Jr., PhD - President, Lake Nona Institute (moderator)
Bill Bucher - Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Axium Healthcare Pharmacy, Inc.
Machelle Dunavant Shields - Healthcare Policy and Compliance Advisor, Butler Snow LLP
Kevin Patterson - Vice President & Partner, Medical Marketing Economics
Carlton Sedberry - Senior Director, Medical Marketing Economics 

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM 

Luncheon and Legislator of the Year Award

1:30 PM - 2:10 PM 

General Session Panel

Growing Life Sciences in Florida: A Tallahassee Perspective
Karen Moore - CEO & Founder, Moore Communications (moderator)
John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS - Florida's State Surgeon General, Florida Department of Health
Jason Brodeur - Florida House of Representatives, Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee (R-Oviedo)
Matt Hudson, Florida House of Representatives, Speaker pro tempore (R-Naples)

2:15 PM - 2:55 PM 


General Session Panel

How to Increase Florida Deal Flow: Perspectives from Investors and Entrepreneurs
Randy Scott - Partner, HealthQuest Capital (moderator)
Kathy Chiu - Chief Operating Officer, Florida Angel Nexus (FAN)
Robert Finizio - Chief Executive Officer, TherapeuticsMD
Weaver Gaines - President & CEO, OBMedical Company
Steve Parkinson - President & CEO, Lakewood-Amedex, Inc.
Rhys Williams - President & Co-Founder, New World Angels, Inc. 

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM 

BioScience Track Session

Traumatic Brain Injury: Advances in Diagnostics and Treatment
Jackson Streeter, MD - Chief Executive Officer, Banyan Biomarkers (moderator)
Colonel Dallas Hack, MD - Director, Combat Casualty Care Research Program - U.S. Army
George Jallo, MD - Director, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Brain Protection Sciences, Professor of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics and Oncology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Benoit Mouzon, PhD - Scientist, Roskamp Institute
Linda Papa, MD - Director of Academic Clinical Research, Orlando Health

BioTrends Track Session

Next Generation Technology
Glenn Ladwig - Partner, Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Eisenschenk (moderator)
Felipe Echeverri - Managing Director, Biorep Technologies, Inc.
Josh Gonzalez - Director of Business Development, SHL Group
Chris Michaels - Vice President of Strategic Development and Technology Licensing, Rapid Pathogen Screening, Inc.

BioBusiness Track Session

Regulatory News and Views
Ebony Daniels Sanon - Quality Engineer, BioTeknica Engineering & Regulatory Services (moderator)
Edgar J. Asebey - Partner, Jones Day
Sophia V. Fuerst - President of Nonproprietary Names Division, Brand Institute
Chris Mullin - Director, Product Development Strategy, NAMSA

4:20 PM - 4:50 PM 

Break with Exhibitors 

4:55 PM - 5:55 PM 

General Session

BioPitch Competition - Final Four 

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Evening Reception

Tuesday, October 13

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM 

Breakfast with Exhibitors 

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM 

Government Relations Meeting 

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

General Session

BioFlorida Award | Company of the Year Award  | Entrepreneur of the Year | Lifetime Achievement Award


9:25 AM - 10:00 AM

General Session

Driving Economic Development Throughout the State

Valerie McDevitt - Associate Vice President for Technology Transfer & Business Partnerships, University of South Florida (USF) Research Foundation (moderator)
Sherry Ambrose - VP, Business Development, Enterprise Florida
Robert L. Crutchfield - General Partner, Harbert Management Corporation
Rick Wassel - Executive Director, Florida Hospital
Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

10:05 AM -  10:35 AM

Keynote Session
Successful Entrepreneur Strategies in Medical Devices
Maurice R. Ferré, MD - Executive Chairman, Insightec

Dr. Ferré is currently the Executive Chairman of Insightec. The company is currently developing breakthrough technology that in essence allows treatment without cutting the body. With the use of highly focused ultrasound energy, Insightec's proprietary technology allows the destruction of targets deep inside the body completely noninvasive. Already $200M has gone into developing this technology. The company just secured an additional $59M of financing to develop and commercialize its technology. His most recent success was MAKO Surgical Corp. As Co-Founder, Chairman, CEO and President over a period of ten years (2003- 2013), MAKO became the world leader in robotic orthopedic surgery.

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM

Break with Exhibitors 

11:10 AM - 12:25 PM 

BioScience Track Session

Regenerative Medicine: New Solutions and Emerging Therapies
John Engels - Vice President & Co-Founder, AxoGen, Inc. (moderator)
James Hickman, PhD - Professor, NanoScience Technology Center, Chemistry, Biomolecular Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Central Florida
Robby Lane - CEO & President, Amend Surgical, Inc.
C. Randal Mills, PhD - President, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)  

BioBusiness Track Session

Licensing Executives Society: Beyond "BIO $$ Bucks"!
James McCarthy - CEO, CorpDev Ventures

12:30 PM 

Box Lunch

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