9 a.m. – Registration opens
10 to 10:45 a.m. – Opening Keynote: Scott Hamilton, Founder, Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation
11 a.m. to 12 noon – Morning Breakout Sessions
- The Value of Life Science Technologies – Advances in the med-tech, bio-tech, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries have produced life-changing innovations and allowed people to live longer and higher quality lives. These advances have also brought savings in medicals costs, including decreased hospital stays and doctor visits. To increase medical advances, we must create an environment conducive for innovations to thrive and support public policy initiatives that support innovation, investment and great access to care.
- Evolving Principals in Technology Transfer – University technology transfer is a cornerstone to developing cures and therapies and bringing new innovative technology to the marketplace. In 2017, the APLU published a new vision for technology transfer offices and the expectations for growth. Top Tennessee technology transfer offices will outline innovative programs for educating entrepreneurs and how industry engagement is critical to the technology transfer process. Panelists are Alan Bentley, Director of Technology Transfer at Vanderbilt University; Richard Magid, Vice President of the University of Tennessee Research Foundation; and Chad Riggs, Technology Transfer Marketing Associate at St. Jude Research Hospital.
12:15 p.m. – Networking Lunch
1:15 to 2:15 p.m. – Federal Policy Update
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Afternoon Breakout Sessions
- SBIR in Tennessee: Lessons Learned from SBIR Recipients – Tennessee is rolling out a brand new SBIR/STTR matching program, allowing Tennessee-based innovators an opportunity to make funds go further. There is no better time to be an entrepreneur in Tennessee and this panel of SBIR winners knows why. Join this breakout session to hear details of Launch Tennessee’s Microgrants Program and the new SBIR/STTR Matching Program and dialogue with start-up leaders about the advantages or challenges SBIR recipients face. Panelists are Chris Przybyszewski of U.S. Biologics and Steven Ripp of 490 Biotech.
- Keeping Life Science Talent in Tennessee – Tennessee boasts some of the nation’s best research universities and institutes. Still, a communication gap remains between academics and industry representatives on Ph.D. preparation. This discussion will focus on the training programs in place at Tennessee universities, what companies look for during hiring practices and how collaboration can increase retention of qualified talent.
3:45 p.m. – Closing Presentation featuring Joel Wood, The Foundation to Eradicate Duchennes
4:45 p.m. – Cocktail Reception