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Lunch & Learn: Harnessing the Power of the Federal Government to Advance Translational Research
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5/9/2018
When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
11:45 AM-1:00 PM
Where: George Mason University Science & Tech Campus
10900 University Boulevard
Manassas, Virginia  20110
United States
Contact: Christopher Girdwood
703-792-5516

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In this seminar, the presenters willaddress considerations for developing a government engagement strategy in the context of a company's long-term commercial vision. This presentation will provide some insight into ways to use SBIR, STTR and other non-dilutive funding opportunities more effectively to reach long-term growth objectives. To provide context, the presenters will share relevant examples drawn from companies with whom they have worked.

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Jessica Kenyon
The Conafay Group

Jessica Kenyon serves as Vice President at the Conafay Group (TCG). She has 17 years of experience with the development of advanced medical technology, with special expertise in federal research and acquisition, as well as partnerships bringing together government, academia, and industry. For five years, Jessica served as Vice President for Health and Life Science Programs at American Defense International, Inc., where she advised numerous corporate, academic, and non-profit clients, both domestic and international, on their federal engagement strategy, particularly with the Department of Defense (DoD). Jessica came to the private sector with more than 10 years of experience in the oversight, planning, and management of DoD medical research and development (R&D) programs in multiple technical domains.

 

Robert Caldwell, Ph.D.
Strategic Health Solutions, LLC

Dr. Caldwell earned the Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology at Vanderbilt University, where he focused on infectious diseases, primarily the molecular pathomechanisms that drive HIV infection in the lung. He then completed his post-doctoral fellowship in Biochemistry and Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, utilizing several proteomic platforms to facilitate discovery and validation of protein biomarkers that prognosticate cancer and bone metabolic diseases and image drug localizationin situ. He was then recruited to the National Capital Region to provide contract support to the DHS BioWatch Program as Senior Scientist, and to later provide contract support to the DoD Joint Program Executive Office (JPEO) Biodefense Therapeutics (antimicrobial resistance) and DoD DTRA Chemical and Biological program


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