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.