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The Conference Agenda includes an impressive lineup of industry experts. Continue to watch this page for the latest updates as speakers are secured for the 2016 Conference. Please check to see updates and changes to speakers and/or the program.


Sunday, December 11, 2016 
12:30 PM – 4:00 PM Mayo Symposium - Bus will load at 12:30 PM from the Hyatt Lobby (Register Here)
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM Registration Open
5:30 PM  7:00 PM Welcome Reception
Monday, December 12, 2016
7:15 AM  8:15 AM Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 AM  9:35 AM

General Session

Conference Welcome & Opening Keynote
Nancy K. Bryan,
President & CEO, BioFlorida
Mayor Lenny Curry,
Jacksonville Mayor

Keynote: Health Policy: Looking Forward
Jason Altmire, SVP of Public Policy and Community Engagement, Florida Blue

Keynote: A Patient's Perspective on the Value of Precision Medicine
Sharon Mills,
Realtor, Watson Realty

9:40 AM – 9:50 AM
Transition Break 
9:55 AM  11:10 AM

BioScience Track Session
Metabolomics and Precision Medicine: What is it and Why is it Important?
Philip Arlen, PhD, Associate Director, Outreach, Alliances and Partnerships, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona
Paldeep Atwal, MD, 
Medical Director of Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Stephen J. Gardell, PhD,
 Senior Director, Scientific Resources, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona
Mike Schuh, PharmD, 
Ambulatory Pharmacist, Assistant Professor of Family and Palliative Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, School of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic

BioTrends Track Session
Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases
Guojun Bu, PhD, Mary Lowell Leary, Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Mayo Clinic (moderator)
Paramita Chakrabarty, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Florida
Ken Dawson-Scully, PhD, Associate Professor Department of Biological Sciences, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Florida Atlantic University
Nilüfer Ertekin-Taner, MD, PhD, Consultant Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience, Associate Professor of Neurology, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Director, Behavioral Neurology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic
Sathya Puthanveettil, PhD, Department of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute

BioBusiness Track Session
Spotlight on Innovation - Sponsored by Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
Robert Finizio, CEO & Co-Founder, TherapeuticsMD
Quang Pham, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Espero Pharmaceuticals
Kal Fishman, Chief Technology Officer, Sensus Healthcare
Jeffrey Tate, PhD, COO & CSO, CTD Holdings, Inc. (moderator)
Nicholas Virca, President and CEO, HedgePath Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

11:10 AM  11:35 AM Break with Exhibitors
11:40 AM  12:55 PM

BioScience Track Session
Novel Therapies in Oncology
Mary Christian, PharmD, Head, Oncology Academic Research Group, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Michael Lotze, MD,
CSO, Lion Biotechnologies, Inc.
Warren Marcus, PhD,
 Business Development/Scientist, Altor BioScience Corporation
James Mulé, PhD, Director of Cell-based Therapies, Moffitt Cancer Center (moderator)
Glynn Wilson, PhD, Chairman and CEO, TapImmune, Inc

BioTrends Track Session
Florida Areas of Strength: Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine
Adil Duru, PhD, Assistant Professor, NSU Cell Therapy Institute
John Engels, Vice President, AxoGen, Inc.
Thomas Gonwa, MD,
Deputy Director Translation, Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine
Aisha Khan, PhDc, Executive Director of Laboratory Operations, Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the University of Miami
Sue Washer,
 President and CEO, AGTC
Claudia Zylberberg, PhD, CEO, Akron Biotech, LLC (moderator)

BioBusiness Track Session
Funding: A Creative Approach in Challenging Times - Sponsored by TAMM Net, Inc.
Kathy Chiu, Founding Partner and Managing Director, FAN Fund
Phil Mansour,
CEO & President, Alzamend Neuro
Arthur Spalding,
Founder, TAMM Net, Inc.
Jackson Streeter, MD, CEO, Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research
Rick Wassel, 
Managing Director, IQ Orlando (moderator)

1:00 PM  3:00 PM

Panel: Growing Florida Life Sciences: Hear from Legislators and Companies that Chose Florida
Lee Evans,
Executive Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Karen Moore
, Founder & CEO, Moore Communications Group (moderator)
Representative Paul Renner, Florida House of Representatives
Glynn Wilson, PhD, Chairman & CEO, TapImmune Inc.

Keynote: An Executive Perspective on the Keys to Success in Medical Technology
Peter Menziuso, President, North America, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

3:00 PM – 3:10 PM
Transition Break
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

BioScience Track Session
Women's Health
Julia Amadio, Chief Product Officer, TherapeuticsMD
DeLisa Fairweather, PhD, Director of Translational Research for the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic
Florence Haseltine, PhD, MD,
 Emerita Scientist, NIH
Don Rosenkoetter,
Executive Chairman, KynderMed, Inc. (moderator)
Mark Samuels,
President, OBMedical

BioTrends Track Session
Next Generation Technology - Sponsored by AdvaMed
Brian Dorn, PhD, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, Arthrex, Inc.
Michael Ferris, Managing Partner, Occam Technology Group and
Nicholas A. Gonzalez, CQE, CQA, 
Director of New Product Quality, Medical Engineering Consultants
Brian Hatcher, PhD,
Director of Clinical Research, Zimmer Biomet
Glenn Ladwig,
Partner, Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Eisenschenk (moderator)
Christopher Prentice,
CEO, Mazor Robotics Ltd. 

BioBusiness Track Session
Business Strategies: Build, Buy or Partner - sponsored by USF Connect
Haskell Adler, PhD, Senior Licensing Manager, Moffitt Cancer Center
Todd A. Huffman, PhD, Director, Business Development, Blink Bio, Inc.
Quang Pham, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Espero Pharmaceuticals (moderator)
Tom Rollins, Chief Development Officer, Head of Microbiome, Assembly Biosciences, Inc.

4:30 PM – 4:55 PM
Break with Exhibitors
4:55 PM  5:55 PM

Research Forum - Moderated by Phil Arlen, PhD, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona - Sponsored by Abbott Informatics
CEO Panel (invite only) - Moderated by Sue Washer, AGTC
Incubator/Accelerator Forum - Moderated by Mark Long, UF Sid Martin Biotechnology Institute

Government Affairs Committee Meeting (BioFlorida Members-Only)

Exhibit Floor Open

6:00  PM  7:30 PM
Evening Reception
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
6:30 AM  7:30 AM 5K Run (Stay tuned for details)
8:00 AM  9:00 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors

Breakfast Meet & Greet with Congressman Ted Yoho (8:00 AM - 8:45 AM)

9:00 AM – 12:25 PM

 (These BioPitch Sessions are Closed Door Sessions)

9:00 AM – 9:35 AM

General Session


Keynote Presentation: Trends in Commercialization and Investing
James A. Rogers III, J.D.,
Chair, Mayo Clinic Ventures, Deputy Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine

 9:40 AM - 10:10 AM Investor Strategies throughout Company Lifecycle - Sponsored by IQ Orlando
Stephen A. Day, CEO & Managing Partner, Day Capital Partners, LLC (moderator)
Matthew H.J. Kim, 
Founder & CEO, Vigilant Biosciences, Inc.
Steve Parkinson,
 President and CEO, Lakewood-Amedex
Prasad Raje, CEO, Nanotherapeutics
10:15 AM - 10:35 AM  2016 Award Ceremony
10:40 AM – 11:05 AM
Break with Exhibitors
11:10 AM – 12:25 PM

BioScience Track Session
Pediatrics: Latest Advances in Diagnostics and Therapy
Kathryn Blake, PharmD, Director Center for Pharmacogenomics and Translational Research, Nemours Children's Specialty Care
Sharon Hrynkow, PhD, Senior VP for Medical Affairs, CTD Holdings, Inc.
Paul Pitel, MD,
Chair of Pediatrics, Nemours Children's Specialty Care (moderator)
Richard Wagner, CEO, Medosome Biotec, LLC
Peter Wearden, MD, PhD, 
Director, Nemours Cardiac Center, Chair, Department of Cardiovascular Services, Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Nemours Children's Hospital

BioBusiness Track Session
Commercialization of an Idea
Thomas Graham, MD, Chairman & CEO, HEMISPhere Global
Adam Greenspan,
Director of Business Incubation, University City Science Center
Chris Hillier, CSO and COO, Guidewell Innovations LLC 
Charles Bruce, MD, Associate Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Ventures (moderator)

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Closing General Session & Luncheon

 (Final Three)




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