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 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Chapter Leadership Meeting (Closed Meeting)
 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM Exhibitor Move-In/Setup
 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM On-Site Registration Opens
 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

Welcome Reception



 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM On-Site Registration Opens
 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast with Exhibitors
 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM 1:1 Partnering Opens
 8:30 AM - 9:35 AM

General Session

Conference Welcome

  • Nancy K. Bryan, President & CEO, BioFlorida
  • Dean J. Trantalis, Mayor, City of Fort Lauderdale

Keynote: Building a Successful Company and a World Class Life Science Hub

  • Gregory Frost, PhD, Chairman & CEO, F1 Oncology

 9:35 AM - 9:45 AM Break with Exhibitors
 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Breakout Sessions

BIOSCIENCE: Realizing the Potential of Regenerative Medicine in Florida and Beyond

  • Charles J. Bruce, MD, Medical Director, Life Sciences Incubator, Associate Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Ventures, Director for Business Development in the Center for Regenerative Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Florida (moderator)
  • Guojun Bu, PhD, Mary Lowell Leary Professor of Medicine, Consultant, Department of Neuroscience, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville; Jorge and Leslie Bacardi Associate Director, Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine
  • Joshua M. Hare, MD, Chief Sciences Officer, Senior Associate Dean for Experimental and Cellular Therapeutics and Louis Lemberg Professor of Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Founding Director, Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI) & Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Longeveron
  • Richard Jove, PhD, Institute Director, NSU Cell Therapy Institute and Distinguished Research Professor, Nova Southeastern University
  • Keith March, MD, PhD, Director, UF Center for Regenerative Medicine
  • Richard Snyder, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Brammer Bio, LLC
  • Ezequiel Zylberberg, PhD, Manager, Strategic Alliances, Akron Biotech

BIOTRENDS: Expanding Role of Hospital Centers: Research and Patient Focus

  • Robert Herzog, Vice President of Research Operations, Florida Hospital | AdventHealth (moderator)
  • Charles D. Burger, MD, Consultant, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
  • Dr. Smitha Gubbi, Director of Clinical Research, Jupiter Medical Center
  • Jennifer McCafferty, PhD, Director, Research Institute, Nicklaus Children's Hospital

BIOBUSINESS: Spotlight on Innovation

  • Gina Alexis, Founder & President, The Alexis Group Consultants, Inc. (moderator)
  • Robert G. Finizio, CEO, Co-Founder and Director, TherapeuticsMD
  • James Hickman, PhD, Founder & Chief Scientist, Hesperos Inc. and Professor, NanoScience Technology, Chemistry & Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Florida
  • Sharon Hrynkow, PhD, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, CTD Holdings, Inc.
  • Nicholas J. Virca, President & CEO, HedgePath Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

 11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

Break with Exhibitors

 11:20 AM - 12:35 PM

Breakout Sessions

BIOSCIENCE: Florida Area of Strength: Neurosciences from Bench to Bedside

  • Ken Dawson-Scully, PhD, Associate VP for Strategic Initiatives, Florida Atlantic University; Head of Institutional Partnerships, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (moderator)
  • Ronald L. Davis, PhD, Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Neuroscience, Scripps Research
  • David E. Kang, PhD, Director, Division of Basic Research, Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, Fleming Endowed Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease, Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
  • Mario Saporta, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Human Genetics, Neuromuscular Division, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
  • Kiminobu Sugaya, PhD, Professor and Head of Neuroscience, Chair of Multidisciplinary Neuroscience Alliance, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida
BIOTRENDS: Advancing Research: Keys to Successful Spin Outs and Partnerships
  • Stacey DeLoye, Sr. Communications Manager, Scripps Research (moderator)
  • Douglas Crumb, President and CEO, Xhale, Inc.
  • Veena Krishnappa, DVM, PhD, Technology Development Officer, Scripps Research
  • Gary S. Margules, ScD, VP, Research & Technology Transfer, Nova Southeastern University
  • Nicolai T. Urban, PhD, Consultant, Abberior Instruments America

BIOBUSINESS: Value-Based Pricing and Reimbursement Realities in 2018

  • Machelle Shields, President, MRC/X and Sr. Executive Healthcare Policy Advisor, Butler Snow LLP (moderator)
  • Christine Jackson, Senior Director, Global Health Policy, Reimbursement and Health Economics, Medtronic, Inc.
  • Saumil Pandya, Deputy Vice President, Policy & Research, PhRMA
  • Michael Sardano, General Counsel and Director of Governance & Regulatory, Sensus Healthcare
  • Dan Sullivan, Executive Director, US Value Based Partnerships, Amgen
 12:35 PM - 3:10 PM


General Session

Keynote: Industry Partnership and Investment Strategies

  • Graham Brazier, Vice President, Business Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Latin America Industry Dynamics

  • Guillaume Corpart, Founder & CEO, Global Health Intelligence (moderator)
  • Alice E. Ancona, Director, International Strategy & Policy, Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Edgar J. Asebey, Founding Partner, Keller Asebey Life Science Law
  • Francisco Ballester, President, Latin America, Sandoz, a Novartis division
  • Juan E. Valencia Z., MD, Director Reimbursement and Health Economics Latin America, Medtronic
  • Juan Carlos Varela, Vice President, Restorative Therapies Group Latin America, Medtronic, Inc.

Collaboration with Latin America: Expanding Florida's Life Science Footprint

  • Raquel (Rocky) A. Rodriguez, Member, McDonald Hopkins (moderator)
  • Peter Antonacci, President & CEO, Enterprise Florida, Inc. & Florida Secretary of Commerce
  • Ariel Capone, Managing Director, US & Head of Life Sciences Industry, gA of North America
  • Natalia Martinez-Kalinina, General Manager/Latin America Lead, CIC Miami
  • Manuel A. Mencia, Senior Vice President, International Trade & Development, Enterprise Florida
  • Yuri Takeuchi, MD, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Icesi

 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM

BioPitch Closed-Door Sessions

 3:10 PM - 3:20 PM Break with Exhibitors
 3:20 PM - 4:35 PM

Breakout Sessions

BIOSCIENCE: Oncology: Cutting Edge Research in the Fight Against Cancer

  • James Mulé, PhD, Associate Center Director, Translational Research and Scientific Director, Cell-Based Therapies, Moffitt Cancer Center (moderator)
  • Douglas W. Calder, President. Vycellix, Inc.
  • Robert Igarashi, PhD, President & Co-Founder, CytoSen Therapeutics, Inc.
  • E. Russell McAllister, President, CEO and Executive Director, Intezyne Technologies, Inc.
  • James Onuffer, PhD, Vice President, F1 Oncology
  • Cosme Ordoñez, PhD, Managing Director Healthcare Investment Banking, NOBLE Life Science Partners

BIOTRENDS: Next Generation Medical Technology

  • Ebony Daniels Sanon, Director of Business Development, BioTeknica, Inc. (moderator)
  • Felipe Echeverri, Managing Director, Biorep Technologies
  • James Hickman, PhD, Chief Scientist, Hesperos, Inc.
  • Matthew Rhyner, PhD, Director, Global Marketing and Product Management, Beckman Coulter
  • Slobodan Stefanov, Director, Innovations, SHL Group

BIOBUSINESS: Roadmap to Commercialization

  • Chris Colapietro, Executive Vice President of Technology & Marketing, HighPoint Solutions (moderator)
  • Steve Parkinson, President & CEO, Lakewood-Amedex, Inc.
  • Joshua M. Samek, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Thom Schoenwaelder, Vice President, PAREXEL Access Consulting
 4:35 PM - 4:55 PM Break with Exhibitors
 4:55 PM - 5:55 PM

CEO Forum

  • Quang Pham, Chairman & CEO, Espero BioPharma

Research Forum

  • Robert Herzog, Vice President of Research Operations, Florida Hospital | AdventHealth

Incubator / Accelerator Forum

  • Mark S. Long, Director, Incubation Services, UF Innovate
 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Evening Reception


 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM On-Site Registration Opens
 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM 1:1 Partnering Opens
 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors

 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Government Affairs Committee Meeting (BioFlorida Members Only)
 9:00 AM - 11:25 AM

General Session

Award Presentations

  • Weaver H. Gaines Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • David J. Gury Company of the Year Award
  • BioFlorida Leadership Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

BioPitch Finals

  • Valerie McDevitt, Associate Vice President for Technology Transfer & Business Partnerships, University of South Florida (moderator)
  • Nathan Cali, Managing Director, Head of Healthcare Investment Banking, Merchant Banking, NOBLE Life Science Partners
  • Ben Scruggs, PhD, Associate, Hatteras Venture Partners
  • John Tullis, President, Tullis Funds

Founder/CEO Panel: Case Studies from Florida's Experts

  • Karen B. Moore, Founder & CEO, Moore (moderator)
  • John Engels, Investor and Co-Founder, AxoGen, Inc.
  • Maurice R. Ferré, MD, CEO & Chairman of Board, INSIGHTEC
  • Robert G. Finizio, CEO, Co-Founder & Director, TherapeuticsMD, Inc.
  • Stephen C. Glover, Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman, Variant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Legislation Impacting Florida's Life Sciences Industry

  • Senator Lori Berman, Florida State Senate
 11:25 AM - 11:45 AM

Break with Exhibitors

 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

BIOTRENDS: HealthIT Advancements: Going Digital to Improve Healthcare & Treatment

  • Glenn P. Ladwig, Partner, Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Eisenschenk (moderator)
  • Judy Barkal, Vice President of Medical Informatics, M2Gen
  • Behnaz Ghoraani, PhD, Faculty Fellow, Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering Assistant Professor, Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Florida Atlantic University
  • Andrew Willert, Director of Business Development, SirenMD

BIOBUSINESS: Investment Strategy: How to Win a Pitch

  • Laura Holm, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP (moderator)
  • Marc Blumenthal, Executive Director, Synapse Florida and Founding Partner, Florida Funders
  • Timothy J. Cartwright, Partner and Co-Founder, Fifth Avenue Advisors and Chairman, Tamiami Angel Fund III, LLC
  • Kathy Chiu, Managing Partner, FAN Fund
  • Orin Levy, MD, Angel Investor


  • Andrew Wiggins, Senior Director of Campaign & Elections, Florida Chamber of Commerce
 1:00 PM

Grab-and-Go Lunch

 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM BioFlorida Board Meeting (Closed Meeting)

About BioFlorida

BioFlorida represents 6,200 establishments and research organizations in the biopharmaceuticals, medical technology, healthIT and bioagriculture sectors that collectively employ 87,000 Floridians.


Members of the BioFlorida network include emerging and established life science companies, universities, research institutions, hospitals, medical centers, incubators, economic development agencies, investors and service providers.


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