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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 - Stay tuned for details on the Mayo Symposium
12:30 PM – 4:00 PM Mayo Symposium - Bus will load at 12:30 PM from the Hyatt Lobby
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: 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?
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
Julie Johnson, PharmD, Dean and Distinguished Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Florida

BioTrends Track Session
Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases
Guojun Bu, PhD, Mary Lowell Leary Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Mayo Clinic (moderator)
Todd Golde, MD, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience, University of Florida
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

BioBusiness Track Session
Spotlight on Innovation
Robert Finizio, TherapeuticsMD
Quang Pham, 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
Maria Fardis, PhD, CEO, 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, Florida Angel Nexus (FAN)
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
Senator Aaron Bean, Florida Senate
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
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 R&D Quality, MEC R&D LLC, Staff NPD Quality Engineer, Beckman Coulter
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
Haskell Adler, PhD, Senior Licensing Manager, Moffitt Cancer Center
Mark Emalfarb,
President & Chief Executive Officer, Dyadic
Howard Hechler, Senior Director of Business Development, Medtronic
Quang Pham, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Espero Pharmaceuticals (moderator)

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
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, October 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 - 12:00 PM  Corporate Partnering Day
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
Carl Whatley,
 General Manager, Co-Founder and Director, Vitruvias
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
David Graham, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Paul Pitel, MD, Chair of Pediatrics, Nemours Children's Specialty Care (moderator)
Richard Wagner, CEO, Medosome Biotec, LLC
Peter Wearden, MD Department Chair, Division of Cardiology, 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 
Charles Bruce, MD, Associate Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Ventures (moderator)

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Closing General Session & Luncheon

 (Final Four)



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