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2:30 PM - 4:00 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



7:30 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 - 10:00 AM

General Session:

Conference Welcome

  • Nancy K. Bryan, President & CEO, BioFlorida
  • Jane Castor, Mayor, City of Tampa

Keynote: "How Microbiome Research is Changing Medicine"

  • Christian Brechot, MD, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Research in Global Affairs, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine; Associate Vice President, International Partnerships and Innovation; Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

Award Presentations

  • David J. Gury Company of the Year Award (presented by Robert G. Finizio, CEO, Co-Founder and Director, TherapeuticsMD, Inc.)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM Break with Exhibitors
10:10 AM - 11:40 AM

Breakout Sessions:

BIOSCIENCE: Metabolomics: Evolving Technology Platform for Probing Disease Mechanisms and Discovering Novel Biomarkers

  • Robert Herzog, Vice President of Research Operations, AdventHealth (moderator)
  • Stephen Gardell, PhD, Senior Investigator, AdventHealth Orlando
  • John Koomen, PhD, Associate Member, Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Boone M. Prentice, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Florida

BIOBUSINESS: Company Showcase: Spotlight on Florida Innovation & Growth

  • Jeffrey L. Tate, PhD, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Quality Officer, Cyclo Therapeutics, Inc. (moderator)
  • Kal Fishman, Chief Technology Officer, Sensus Healthcare, Inc.
  • Adam Grossman, President and CEO, ADMA Biologics, Inc.
  • Patricia Lawman, PhD, CEO, Morphogenesis, Inc.
  • Robert J. Shovlin, President, Clinical Services, NeoGenomics Laboratories, Inc.
11:20 AM - 12:20 PM Government Affairs Committee Meeting (BioFlorida Members only)
11:40 AM - 12:00 PM

Break with Exhibitors

12:00 PM - 1:40 PM


General Session Panels:

Meet New Research Organizations and Companies: Why Choose Florida

  • Karen Moore, Founder and CEO, Moore, Inc. (moderator)
  • Joseph P. Iannotti MD, PhD, Chief of Staff and Chief Academic and Innovation Officer, Cleveland Clinic Florida
  • Richard E. Pietroski, President, Lung Bioengineering, Inc.
  • Ulf Wiinberg, President and CEO, X-Vax Technology, Inc.

Grow Florida - Economic Development Strategies to Expand the Industry

  • Valerie McDevitt, Senior Director, Research Services, AdventHealth (moderator)
  • Douglas A. Bingham, Executive Vice President, Florida Operations, Scripps Research
  • Lee H. Evans, Executive Director, Head of North America Capability Center and Global Strategic Operations, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Norma Sue Kenyon, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer, University of Miami
  • Jim O'Connell, Assistant Vice President for Commercialization,     University of Florida
  • Juan Carlos Varela, Vice President, Restorative Therapies Group Latin America, Medtronic
1:40 PM - 1:50 PM Break with Exhibitors
1:50 PM - 3:15 PM

Breakout Sessions:

BIOSCIENCE: Stopping Cancer in Its Tracks: Making Treatment Personal

  • Douglas W. Calder, President, Vycellix, Inc. (moderator)
  • Bob Crutchfield, Managing Director, American Cancer Society / BrightEdge
  • Matthew H.J. Kim, JD, Co-Founder and Chairman, STAT3 Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Shari Pilon-Thomas, PhD, Associate Member, Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Michelle Simpson-Abelson, PhD, Senior Scientist/Project Team Lead, Iovance Biotherapeutics
  • Hing Wong, PhD, Founder and CEO, HCW Biologics
BIOTRENDS: Expanding Role of Robotics & Simulation
  • Sean Hägen, Founder and Principal, BlackHägen Design (moderator)
  • Eric Branch, Sr Marketing Manager, Robotics Portfolio Strategy, Stryker
  • Danielle Julian, Senior Research Scientist, AdventHealth Nicholson Center
  • Matthew Lee, Simulation Engineer, Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education, Johns Hopkin’s All Children’s Hospital
  • Phillip Wortham, Director of Operations, USF Health CAMLS

BIOBUSINESS: Changing Dynamics for Successful Commercialization

  • Gina Alexis, Co-Founder and President, The Alexis Group Consultants, Inc. (moderator)
  • Anton Hopen, Managing Partner, Smith & Hopen
  • Drew Pantello, VP, Marketing and Corporate Development, ADMA Biologics, Inc.
  • Karl Pinto, CEO, Goodwin Biotechnology, Inc.
  • Michael L. Salgaller, PhD, Supervisor, Invention Development and Marketing Unit, National Institutes of Health
 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

BioPitch Closed-Door Sessions

3:15 PM - 3:35 PM Break with Exhibitors
3:35 PM - 4:50 PM

Breakout Sessions:

BIOSCIENCE: Florida's Opioid Crisis and Plans for Prevention

  • Stacey S. DeLoye, Director of Communications, Scripps Research (moderator)
  • Laura M. Bohn, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, Scripps Research
  • Ute Gazioch, Director of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Department of Children and Families
  • Stephanie Nelson Wimmer, Vice President, Reimbursement and Health Economics, Pain Therapies and Brain Therapies, Medtronic
  • Mark O’Brien, CEO, Springlake Solutions
  • David Samuels, MD, TeamHealth Anesthesiologist, Tampa General Hospital; Founder, NOPE! (Non-Opioid Perioperative Engagement)

BIOTRENDS: Conversations with Women Leaders

  • Patti Rossman, Co-Founder, Life Science Women’s Conference (moderator)
  • Julia M. Amadio, Chief Product Officer, TherapeuticsMD, Inc.
  • Tamara Mandell, Director, Biotility, University of Florida
  • Jonelle L. Toothman, Co-Founder and CEO, NeXtGen Biologics, Inc.
  • Sigrid M. Volko, PhD, President and CEO, Nilogen Oncosystems

BIOBUSINESS: Next Generation Technology: MedTech & HealthIT

  • Habeel Gazi, Life Sciences Senior Director, Business Development, Orlando Economic Partnership (moderator)
  • Matthew R. Benson, MD, Pediatric Endocrinologist, Nemours Children’s Health System
  • Nicole Ferrari, Director of Engineering, Bausch & Lomb
  • Maha Sallam, PhD, Founder & President, VuEssence Inc.
  • Brandi Zofkie, General Manager and Ex Vivo Lung Specialist, Lung Bioengineering Inc.
4:50 PM - 5:00 PM Break with Exhibitors
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

CEO Forum

  • Weaver H. Gaines, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Evren Technologies, Inc. (moderator)

Research Forum

  • Robert Herzog, Vice President of Research Operations, AdventHealth (moderator)
  • Gary S. Margules, Sc.D., Vice President for Office of Research and Technology Transfer, Nova Southeastern University (moderator)

Incubator / Accelerator Forum

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


7:30 AM - 2:00 PM On-Site Registration Opens
7:30 AM - 8:15 AM MedTech Committee
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM 1:1 Partnering Opens
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

General Session:

Award Presentations

  • Weaver H. Gaines Entrepreneur of the Year Award (presented by Weaver H. Gaines, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Evren Technologies, Inc.)
  • BioFlorida Leadership Award 

Keynote: A Personal Story: How Industry Improves Lives

  • Jenesis Rothblatt, Project Leader, Corporate Telepresence & Robotics, United Therapeutics Corporation
9:15 AM - 9:20 AM

Transition Break

9:20 AM - 10:35 AM

Breakout Sessions:

BIOSCIENCE: Accelerating Regenerative Medicine in Florida: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

  • Ezequiel Zylberberg, PhD, Manager, Strategic Alliances, Akron Biotech (moderator)
  • Charles J. Bruce, MD, Chief Innovation Officer and Medical Director, Life Sciences Incubator, Mayo Clinic Florida
  • Geoff Green, President, Longeveron
  • Keith March, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, UF Division of Cardiology and Director, UF Center for Regenerative Medicine
  • David Shepard, Director, Orthobiologics, Arthrex, Inc.

BIOTRENDS: "Building" to Expand

  • Jim Rizzi, Head of Facilities, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (moderator)
  • R. Scott Crawford, Science Studio Leader, RS&H, Inc.
  • J. Lee Emel, Southeast Regional Leader, CRB
  • Douglas M. Ruth, Jr., Vice President, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
  • Nathan Temple, Global Director of CQV Services, Commissioning Agents, Inc.

BIOBUSINESS: Investor Discussion: What Executives Need to Know

  • Quang Pham, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Espero BioPharma, Inc. (moderator)
  • Ibraheem T. Badejo, PhD, Sr. Director, New Ventures, Medical Devices, Johnson & Johnson Innovation
  • Charles (Chip) Steiner, Director, Business & Product Development, Innovations, Cleveland Clinic
  • Ryan Whittemore, Chief Investment Officer, Florida Funders
  • Rhys Williams, Chairman and Co-Founder, New World Angels
10:35 AM - 10:50 AM Break with Exhibitors
10:50 AM - 1:00 PM

General Session:

BioPitch Finals

  • Jane E. Teague, Executive Director, Institute for Commercialization of Florida Technology (moderator)
  • Tim Cartwright, Chairman, Tamiami Angel Funds
  • Kathy Chiu, Managing Partner, DeepWork Capital
  • Shawn Titcomb, Managing Director, Allele Capital Partners
  • Harry Venezia, Jr., Managing Director, Healthcare Capital Advisors

CEO Panel: Keys to Success

  • Julie Kampf, CEO and Chief Possibilities Officer, JBK Associates International, Inc. (moderator)
  • Stephen Glover, Co-Founder, CEO and President, ZyVersa Therapeutics
  • Adam Grossman, President and CEO, ADMA Biologics, Inc.
  • Peter J. Mariani, CFO, Axogen

BioPitch Winner is Announced!

Closing Remarks

  • Nancy K. Bryan, President & CEO, BioFlorida
1:00 PM

Grab-and-Go Lunch

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

About BioFlorida

BioFlorida is the voice of Florida's life sciences industry, representing 6,700 establishments and research organizations in the BioPharma, MedTech, HealthIT & BioAg that collectively employ nearly 94,000 Floridians.