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This year's Conference Agenda will include an impressive lineup of industry experts. Continue to watch this page for the latest updates as speakers are secured for the 2016 Conference.


Sunday, October 9, 2016
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM Mayo Symposium - Bus will load at 12:30 PM from the Hyatt Lobby (Additional Registration required - Register Here)
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM Registration Open
5:30 PM  7:00 PM Welcome Reception
Monday, October 10, 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: The State of Health in Florida
Celeste Philip, MD, MPH,
Surgeon General and Secretary, Florida Department of Health

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
Alex Parker, MS, PhD,
Associate Director for the Center for Individualized Medicine, Vice Chair, Health Sciences Research, Professor of Epidemiology and Urology, Mayo Clinic (moderator)

BioTrends Track Session
Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases
Guojun Bu, PhD, Mary Lowell Leary Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Mayo Clinic (moderator)
James E. Galvin, MD, MPH,
 Professor of Integrated Medical Sciences and Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Florida Atlantic University
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
Ed Weeber, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute

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
Doug Calder, President, Vycellix, Inc.
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
Joshua Hare, MD,
Founding Director, Interdisciplinary Cell Institute 
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)
Edvard Philipson, Vice President, Latin America, Ferring Pharmaceuticals
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
Sarah McLaughlin, MD, PhD,
 Associate Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic
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

THE FORUMS (3 Forum Sessions)
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 11, 2016
6:30 AM  7:30 AM 5K Run (with SEBIO)
8:00 AM  9:00 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors

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

9:00 AM – 12:25 PM

  (Closed Door Sessions)

 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Corporate Partnering Day (with SEBIO)
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, Department Chair, Division of Cardiology, Nemours Children's Hospital

BioBusiness Track Session
Commercialization of an Idea
Thomas Graham, MD, Chairman & CEO, Tavistock
Adam Greenspan,
Director of Business Incubation, University City Science Center
Leonard Pinchuk, PhD,
 Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, InnFocus
Charles Bruce, MD, Associate Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Ventures (moderator)

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

General Session & Luncheon (with SEBIO)

(Final Four)



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