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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 2017 Conference. Please check to see updates and changes to speakers and/or the program.



Sunday 10/15/17
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Chapter Leadership Meeting 
3:30 PM - 7:00 PM  Exhibitor Setup 
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM  Registration Open 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM  Welcome Reception 
 Monday 10/16/17
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM  Registration Open  
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM 

Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  1:1 Partnering  
8:00 AM - 9:10 AM 

General Session 1: Welcome with Keynote Speaker


    Conference Welcome
Nancy K. Bryan, President and CEO, BioFlorida
    Rick Kriseman, Mayor of St.Petersburg (invited)

    Keynote - Think Big
    Jennifer Arnold, MD, M.Sc., FAAP, Medical Director of Simulation Center, John Hopkins All  
    Children's Hospital

9:10 AM - 9:30 AM   Break
9:35 AM - 10:50 AM  Breakout Session 1

   BioScience Track Session
   Diabetes: From Bench to Bedside
   Christopher Davis, PhD, Florida Hospital
   Michael Clare-Salzer, MD, Professor and Chair, University of Florida College of Medicine
   Norma Sue Kenyon, PhD, Martin Kleiman Professor of Surgery, Microbiology & Immunology and  Biomedical Engineering, Diabetes Research Institute, Chief Innovation Officer, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami

   BioBusiness Track Session
   Spotlight on Innovation
   Glynn Wilson, PhD, Chairman and CEO, TapImmune, Inc.
   Hing Wong, PhD, CEO, Altor BioScience
   Steve Parkinson, President and CEO, Lakewood Amedex
   Suzanne Bakewell, PhD, Vice President of Preclinical Development, Intezyne Technologies

11:10 AM - 11:35 AM   Break 
11:40 AM - 12:55 PM  Breakout Session 2
       BioScience Track Session
     Marine Biotechnology: The Next Frontier 
     Anton Post, PhD, Executive Director, Florida Atlantic University - Harbor Branch Research Pillar
     Bill Baker, PhD, Director, Florida Center for Drug Discovery & Innovation, University of South

     BioTrends Track Session
     Breakthrough Research in Oncology

     James Mulé, PhD, Associate Center Director of Translational Science, Moffitt Cancer Center
     Alexander Parker, PhD, Vice Chair Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic 
     Douglas W. Calder, President, Vycellix, Inc.          
     Patricia Lawman, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO, Morphogenesis, Inc.
     Paul A. Bertin, PhD, Vice President of Chemistry, Vybyl, Inc.
     Ray Yin, PhD, Founder and CEO, ANP Technologies, Inc.

     BioBusiness Track Session 
     Next Generation Technology
     Stuart Jones, President and CEO, BioLife, LLC
     Maha Sallam, PhD, President, VuEssence, Inc.
     Matthew H.J. Kim, Founder and CEO, Vigilant Biosciences

1:00 PM - 3:10 PM 

General Session 2 with Lunch: Keynote & Panel

     Cybersecurity: What We Should Know
     Jeremy Rasmussen,
Cybersecurity Director, Abacode           
     Paul Vitchock, Supervisory Special Agent - Cyber, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Tampa            Division 
     Sri Sridharan, Director, Florida Center for Cybersecurity, University of South Florida

     Keynote - The State of Health in Florida
     Celeste Philip, MD, MPH, Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, Florida Department
     of  Health

     Keynote - Future of Enterprise Florida 
Pete Antonacci, CEO, Enterprise Florida

     Panel - Legislative Perspective: Growing the Florida Economy Through Advancements in
     Life Sciences

     Karen Moore, Founder and CEO, Moore Communications Group (moderator)

3:10 PM - 3:20 PM  Break 
3:20 PM - 4:35 PM  Breakout Session 3

     BioScience Track Session
     Orphan Drugs: Development Trends and Commercial Strategies
     Jeff Tate, PhD,
COO and CSO, CTD Holdings, Inc. (moderator)
     Daniel Ferris,
Vice President of Operations, CSL Plasma
     Frederick D. Sancilio, MS, PhD, Founder, Chairman, President and CEO, Sancilio & Company,
     Jean-François Rossignol, PhD, FRSC, MD, FRCPath, HonFFPM, Chief Medical & Science Officer, Romark, L.C.

 Track Session
     Bridge to the Patient
     Greg Hindahl, MD,FAAFP, Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer, BayCare  Health System            
     Jennifer Arnold, MD, M.Sc., FAAP, Medical Director of Simulation Center, John Hopkins All
     Children's Hospital
      Patrick Hardigan, PhD, Director, Statistical Consulting Center, Nova Southeastern University 

     BioBusiness Track Session

     Preparing for Commercialization: Keys to Success
     Quang Pham, Chairman and CEO, Espero Pharmaceuticals (moderator)
     Dawn N. Norman, MS, Executive Vice President, MRC/X, LLC
     Mario Tanguay, B.Pharm, PhD, Vice President, Clinical Pharmacology, Clinical Division, INC
     Research/inVentiv Health              
     Neil Goldenberg, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology, John  
     Hopkins University School of Medicine; Director of Research, John Hopkins All Children's

4:35 PM - 4:55 PM  Break 
4:55 PM - 5:55 PM  CEO, Research & Incubator Forum
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM  Evening Reception 
 Tuesday 10/17/17
7:30 AM -  2:00 PM Registration 
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM  1:1 Partnering 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM  Members Only: Government Affairs Committee Meeting  
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM  Breakfast with Exhibitors 
9:10 AM - 11:25 AM  General Session 4: BioPitch Finals & Panel


    BioPitch Finals
    Valerie Landrio McDevitt, JD, CLP, RTTP,
Associate Vice President, Technology Transfer & Business Partnerships, University of South Florida (moderator)

    Executive Perspective: How to Build your Business in Florida
Jim O'Connell, Assistant Vice President of Technology Commercialization, Director of
    Technology Transfer, University of Florida (moderator)
    Lee Evans, Strategic Center Operations
Bristol-Myers Squibb 
    Christopher Prentice, COO and CEO, Mazor Robotics, Inc.
    Lee H. Evans, Executive Director and Head North America Capability Center and Global         
    Robert Finizio, CEO, TherapeuticsMD                      

11:25 AM - 11:45 AM   Break 
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM  Breakout Session 4
        BioScience Track Session
     Florida's Advancements in Regenerative Medicine
     Claudia Zylberberg, PhD, CEO, Akron Biotech (moderator)
     John Engels, Vice President, Axogen           
     Jon Dobson, PhD, Professor, University of Florida            
     Richard Jove, PhD, Director, Cell Therapy Institute, Nova Southeastern University            

 Track Session
     Partnering for Success

     Jarett Reiger, Esq., MBA, Senior Director, Innovation & Industry Alliances, Associate General Counsel, Moffitt Cancer Center (moderator)
     Richard A. Houghten, PhD, Founder and CEO, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies

 Track Session
     Expert Advice on Funding
     Andrew Danielsen, Vice Chair, Mayo Clinic Ventures, Mayo Clinic 
     Jackson Streeter, MD, CEO, Florida Institute           

    Scott Weiner, Partner, Pappas Ventures                    
1:00 PM  Box Lunch 


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