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THRiVE 2019
Statewide Conference

THRiVE 2019: creating the future of bioscience in Virginia

Every two years leader of the life science industry gather from across the state to connect, celebrate, learn, inspire, imagine, and drive forward the development of R&D and commercialization in Virginia in focused ways.

On Thursday May 2, 2019 we expect over 400 attendees - leaders of bioscience companies big and small, research universities, policy makers, innovative health care systems, patient groups, CROs and professionals, and others from across Virginia and beyond to gather in Richmond for THRiVE 2019: Creating the future of bioscience in Virginia.

Thursday, May 2

  • We will highlight the many accomplishments and the significant players of the last 2 years
  • We’ll provide a stage to learn about dozens of exciting new companies and technologies under development in Virginia and meet the people behind them
  • We will spotlight the thriving and diverse medical device / medtech industry, featuring dozens of Virginia companies, big and small, and translational researchers from our research universities and health systems, and national experts
  • We will highlight technical, commercial and clinical innovation and neuroscience research which offer new hope in the battle against addiction and opioid crisis, featuring an extraordinary statewide private / public collaboration
  • We’ll bring the experts together to explore the opportunities to accelerate biomedical research, health care and commercial life science development by leveraging the state’s global leading and unique data science, data network and AI assets
  • We’ll bring national thought leaders to keynote
  • We’ll provide plenty of opportunity for networking
  • We’ll arrange for optional tours of significant bioscience organizations in Greater Richmond, such as the McGuire VA Medical Center Innovation Center and the Medicines for All Institute at VCU College of Engineering.
Registration, networking and breakfast
Welcome and Goals

State of the Industry and Accomplishments of the last two years
Keynote - Strengthening and Growing the Life Science Industry in Virginia
Big Data, Big Connectivity and AI - Global opportunities in Virginia for life science research and innovation and transformative economic development
Keynote - Perspectives on the industry nationally from the investor community
Networking Break
Life Science Innovation impacting Neuroscience, Addiction and Opioids
Keynote - Developing opportunities with the US Military
Lunch
THE DYNAMIC MEDICAL DEVICE AND MEDTECH INDUSTRY IN VIRGINIA
The Med Device/Med Tech industry, its economic impact, scientific and technical traits, key players and successes
Reflecting on state of the industry and looking at challenges and opportunities
Keynote - Exemplar of Success
SUPER PANEL - Accelerating success in commercializing medical technologies
Getting Started
Getting Funded
Getting Revenue
Networking Break
Keynote - National Issues and Perspective
Universities and Industry working together to build success in medical devices and medical tech
Conclusions on the Day and Moving Ahead
Reception

Speakers

Warren Bickel
Warren Bickel, Director of the Addiction Recovery Research Center and Co-Director of the Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors, Fralin Biomedical Research Insititue

Barbara Boyan
Barbara Boyan, Professor and the Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Chair in Biomedical Engineering and Dean, School of Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University

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David Chen, Director of Coulter Translational Research Program, UVa School of Medicine

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Patrick Cheng, CEO, eKare

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John Clerici, Founding Principal, Tiber Creek Partners

Alan Connor
Alan Connor, President & CEO, Cadence, Inc.

Jeff Conroy
Jeff Conroy, CEO, Embody

Donna Edmonds
Donna Edmonds, CEO, BrainBox Solutions

Kevin Eisenfrats
Kevin Eisenfrats, CEO, Contraline

Kolaleh Eskandanian
Kolaleh Eskandanian, VP & Chief Innovation Officer, Children’s National Health System

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Frank Fornari, CEO, BioMech

Jeff Gallagher
Jeff Gallagher, CEO, Virginia Bio

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Erik Gatenholm, CEO, Cellink

Elaine Horn-Ranney
Elaine Horn-Ranney, CEO, Tympanogen

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Praduman Jain, CEO, Vibrent Health

Andy Krouse
Andrew Krouse,CEO, Cavion

Ron Kurz
Ron Kurz, Sr Director & Operations Manager, Medical Products Group, Canon Virginia

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Eric Major, CEO, K2M

Gerald Moeller
Gerald Moeller, Director, VCU Clinical and Translational Research Center

James Olds
James Olds, Professor at George Mason University, previous Head of the Biological Sciences Directorate for National Science Foundation

Michael Perham
Michael Perham, Director Innovation & External Relations, HHMI Janelia Research Campus

Jeff Pompeo
Jeff Pompeo, CEO, CareTaker Medical

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Michael Ross, CEO, Euclid Systems

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Mark Tripodi, Chief Development Officer, Venebio Group

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Gary Warren, CEO, ivWatch

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Spencer Williamson, CEO, kaleo Pharma

Virginia Bio Innovation Showcase

New to THRiVE this year is our first-ever Virginia Bio-Innovation Showcase, strategically designed to connect audiences with the leading modern technologies under development with companies and research institutions across Virginia.

Virginia’s Best Innovations All in One Place

As an attendee, enjoy viewing innovations throughout the day, on a large, continuous loop, interactive video display. Participate in a dedicated space to not only watch new innovations on the big screen, but to meet and exchange information with their Makers who are also invited to attend the conference. But that’s not all, want more information? No problem, we are also providing a user friendly app to deep dive into the technologies you’d like to know more about

Calling All Makers - Take Your Innovation to the Next Level - Deadline is April 1

As innovators, this is a unique opportunity for you to get your latest and greatest creative solution on the big screen, in front of the perfect audience, the movers and shakers of the life science community. We are creating an optimal platform for you to showcase your hard work and if you attend, to meet with leaders from small and large companies, entrepreneurs, research universities, healthcare systems, nonprofits, public sector, investors and more. If you can’t make the conference, no worries, we’ll provide your information in various formats to make it easy for interested parties to find you. Together, we’ll impress and inspire attendees with how Virginia is driving change, creating opportunities and healing the world!

Submission is Easy as 1, 2, 3

Thanks to our generous sponsors, there’s no charge and we’ve provided everything you need below:

1.   Click on Showcase Template and download it to your computer. Have a high-quality photo or graphic ready.

2.   Next, fill out the template. Make sure it looks clean & professional and ready to display.

3.   Lastly, send in your finished template by clicking on Innovation Showcase Submission. A received confirmation will be sent to you.

Submitted Technologies Will Gain Maximum Exposure

 1) Displayed on a continuous loop, large screen, digital program at the THRiVE 2019 statewide Conference

 2) Shared on the THRiVE 2019 conference app, with contact information to facilitate meetings during or after the conference

3) Commercialized on social media before and after the conference to generate statewide and national attention

4) Voted on by attendees for special awards and prizes, with the winners earning a continuing spotlight in Virginia Bio communications.

If you have questions, please contact Amy Adams, Associate Director of the Institute for Biohealth Innovation at George Mason University, who is co-leading the Virginia’s Bio-Innovations Showcase initiative with Virginia Bio.

Note: Virginia Bio membership and attendance is not required for submission.

 

Submit an Innovation

Innovator Awards

As is our tradition, on that day we will recognize two individuals, companies, organizations, events, discoveries or collaborations in the biosciences exemplifying the excellence, variety and dynamism of the Virginia biosciences community.

These two award winners will join 24 people, companies, institutions and breakthroughs who have received the award since 2013, and together embody the exciting story of Virginia bioscience. Nominees may be contemporary or historical.

Nominations are now closed. Winners will be announced at the conference


Choose Your Adventure

Have some time before or after the conference? Then make the most of it by signing up now for one or more of these exciting tours with local, leading organizations driving cutting-edge innovation! These tours are provided to THRiVE attendees only and are optional. Please understand they are limited in size, so register early. Note: Transportation to the sites is not provided.


Wednesday, May 1:

11:30 AM:  

Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Health Administration - The Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders Center of Excellence (SCI&D COE)
1201 Broad Rock Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23249
The Richmond SCI&D COE is one of the largest in the VA system, and has a very active research program including protocols for exercise and metabolism, functional electrical stimulation, manual assist and robotic partial weight-bearing treadmill training, body composition assessment and obesity prevention, bladder management, wound care, educational outcomes, vocational outcomes, wheelchair prescription and utilization, spasticity management and pulmonary care. This tour will include an exciting demonstration of Veteran’s using an Exoskeleton-a prescription device that is placed over a person's paralyzed or weakened limbs for the purpose of providing ambulation.

3:00 PM:

Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Health Administration - The Southeast Parkinson's Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center (PADRECC)
1201 Broad Rock Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23249
Because of the progressive nature of Parkinson’s and other movement disorders, and the wide clinical variability among patients, a multidisciplinary approach is used in managing the symptoms. Innovative strategies and treatment interventions are used to improve functional ability and life satisfaction.

Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Health Administration - Assistive Technology and Prosthetics 1201 Broad Rock Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23249
The Assistive Technology Program of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service is responsible for evaluation, development and implementation of appropriate assistive technology services, strategies, devices and/or practices to improve the functional challenges faced by service members and veterans in their daily life roles in various environments.  Example: New study helps amputees “feel” their prosthetic hand.

Virginia Department of General Services Department of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS)
600 N 5th St, Richmond, VA 23219

DCLS was the first consolidated laboratory in the nation and as such offers a wide variety of unique laboratory testing services in support of public health, environmental protection and emergency response.  They perform over 7 million tests each year in order to ensure the safety and health of Virginia's citizens, our food supply and our environment. The diversity of DCLS services allows for centralized laboratory preparedness, testing and response to outbreaks and emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola virus, Zika virus, or MRSA.  This 90-minute tour will include all labs including, Newborn Screening, Clinical, Environmental, Emergency Response & Food.

Pfizer R&D Center for Consumer Healthcare

1211 Sherwood Ave, Richmond, VA 23220

Pfizer is among the largest over-the-counter (OTC) health care companies in the world. Pfizer’s Global Center for R&D for Consumer Healthcare in Richmond is home to several hundred scientists, innovators, designers and technicians, and they work on everything from consumer research, to produce ideation, development and testing, 3-D printing, analytic and synthetic chemistry, and a cGMP pilot scale facility. The site serves as the hub of a global innovation network for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare (PCH).

VCU College of Engineering Medicines For All Institute (M4All)
737 North 5th Street, Richmond, VA 23219There is a critical need for novel, cost-saving approaches to active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) production, but neither innovator drug companies nor generic manufacturers have economic incentives to develop them. Medicines for All meets this need by identifying manufacturing routes that utilize the lowest-cost raw materials and most efficient tools available.


Friday, May 3

9:00 AM:

Virginia Department of General Services Department of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS)
600 N 5th St, Richmond, VA 23219
DCLS was the first consolidated laboratory in the nation and as such offers a wide variety of unique laboratory testing services in support of public health, environmental protection and emergency response.  They perform over 7 million tests each year in order to ensure the safety and health of Virginia's citizens, our food supply and our environment. The diversity of DCLS services allows for centralized laboratory preparedness, testing and response to outbreaks and emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola virus, Zika virus, or MRSA.  This 90-minute tour will include all labs including, Newborn Screening, Clinical, Environmental, Emergency Response & Food.

Pfizer R&D Center for Consumer Healthcare
1211 Sherwood Ave, Richmond, VA 23220

Pfizer is among the largest over-the-counter (OTC) health care companies in the world. Pfizer’s Global Center for R&D for Consumer Healthcare in Richmond is home to several hundred scientists, innovators, designers and technicians, and they work on everything from consumer research, to produce ideation, development and testing, 3-D printing, analytic and synthetic chemistry, and a cGMP pilot scale facility. The site serves as the hub of a global innovation network for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare (PCH).

VCU College of Engineering Medicines For All Institute (M4All)
737 North 5th Street, Richmond, VA 23219

There is a critical need for novel, cost-saving approaches to active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) production, but neither innovator drug companies nor generic manufacturers have economic incentives to develop them. Medicines for All meets this need by identifying manufacturing routes that utilize the lowest-cost raw materials and most efficient tools available.

 

Venue and Hotel

We have reserved a block of rooms for the conference at a rate of $175 per night at the conference venue. Use the link below to reserve your room at the negotiated rate. The deadline for reserving in this block is April 10.

Omni Richmond Hotel

100 South 12th Street

Richmond, VA 23219

Book a Room

Registration

Registration is now open for THRiVE 2019

The number one time and place for you to connect to people, ideas, companies, universities, investors, technologies, policymakers, service providers, workforce providers, …. the connections you need to succeed, and for the industry to THRiVE!

Bring multiple members from your company or department – there’s no better way for individuals to get to know the industry, grow their network of contacts which will help your company or organization succeed. It’s so big no one can take it all in, but a team can, so bring your team

Save $50 when you register by April 5.

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