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February 21, 2022 | Tom Ballard

“LSTCON” updated, more detailed agenda released

Life Science Tennessee has released an updated agenda for its annual meeting on March 22 at the Westin Hotel in Downtown Nashville. “LSTCON” begins with registration and a networking breakfast at 8 a.m. CDT and continues through a reception that ends at 7 p.m.

9 a.m.: Opening Session – “Tackling Health Disparities through Innovation.” This will be a panel featuring speakers from health systems across the state discussing how they are addressing health disparities ranging from access to care to trust in providers.

  • Alejandra Alverez, Regional One;
  • Bryan Heckman, Meharry Center for the Study of Social Determinants of Health; and
  • Amanda Pratter, PhRMA.

10 a.m.: Academic Spotlight – This is another panel featuring representatives from the state’s research entities discussing topics ranging from infectious disease therapeutics to support for clinical trials.

  • Stephen White, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital;
  • Padma Raghavan, Vanderbilt University;
  • Stacy Patterson, University of Tennessee (UT) Research Foundation; and
  • Erika Dillard, BioTN Academic Alliance, University of Memphis Patents2Products

11 a.m.: Morning Breakouts

  • Advocacy Track: Small Business Innovation Research.
  • Business Solutions Track: Life science companies exploring ESG (environmental, social and governance) and PBC (public benefit corporation) conversion.

11:45 a.m.: Networking Lunch

12:30 p.m.: Midday Session – CURES

1:30 p.m.: Afternoon Session – “Transforming Life Science with Infrastructure”

When you hear infrastructure, you may think roads and bridges. But building infrastructure to support world-class research and manufacture drugs is just as important – and has been happening across the state. Hear from a panel about how key investments have transformed our health care infrastructure in recent years and the plan for bringing drug manufacturing back to the U.S.

  • Dr. Ken Brown, UT Health Science Center;
  • Chris Calabrese, St. Jude Children’s Research Park; and
  • Tom Rogers, UT Research Park and Spark Innovation Center.

2:30 p.m.: Afternoon Breakouts

  • Advocacy Track: Biomarkers
  • Business Solutions Track: “Fight for Your (IP) Rights”

3:30 p.m.: Legislative & LST Updates

4:15 p.m.: Venture Forum Sponsored by Waller ($10,000 prize to winner from Waller, $1,000 to “People’s Choice” from the UT Research Foundation).

5 to 7 p.m.: Reception

Registration information can be found here.

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