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Women Building Bio 2018
Women Building Bio

October 17, 2018

Inova Center for Personalized Health, Fairfax

Challenge new ideas. Discover cutting-edge innovations. Revolutionize best practices. Build a powerful community of collaboration. Women Building Bio is where the vision is transformed into reality. Women advancing the industry with all stakeholders, men and women, front and center joining forces.

Come join us for the Third Annual Women Building Bio October 17 at the Inova Center for Personalized Health. Be a part of the vision with Thought Leaders and Change Agents steering the Industry.

This is a one-day regional conference converging extraordinary men and women, industry and academia, researchers and innovators, professionals and decision-makers gathering together to cultivate relationships and making an impact.

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Wednesday, October 17

Breakfast and Registration
Welcome and Goals for the Day

Cassandra Isley, Vice President, Strategy and Development, Virginia Bio

Kelly Schlageter, Communications Director, Inova Center for Personalized Health

Amy Adams, Associate Director, Institute for Biohealth Innovation, George Mason University

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

Collaborating to Excel at Clinical Research and Translation to Transform Patient Care

Moderated by Lisa M. Guay-Woodford, Director, Center for Translational Science and Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National Health System

Karen Johnson, Harrison Distinguished Professor and Chair of Neurology and Professor of Public Health Sciences, University of Virginia

F. Gerard Moeller, Director, Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research at VCU and Associate Vice President for Clinical Research at VCU

Game Changers: New Discoveries, New Thinking (Round 1)

Sharon Ramey, Research Professor and Distinguished Research Scholar, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Jessica Foley, Chief Science Officer Focused Ultrasound Foundation

TIES – “Together Inspiring an Ecosystem of Success” Interactive Roundtable Breakout

Moderated by Members of the Honorary Committee

Forerunners Spearheading the Commercialization of Research

Moderated by Sharon Krueger, Director, Innovation, Grants and Relationships, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Kolaleh Eskandanian, Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Children's National Health System

Ivelina Metcheva, Executive Director, VCU Innovation Gateway

Brandy Salmon, Associate Vice President for Innovation and Partnerships, Virginia Tech

Lunch and Networking
Soft Skills Shouldn’t Be So Hard: Supporting Personal Brand Awareness to Cultivate Culture and Leaders!

Gerry Gribbon, Field Director, Healthcare Policy and Advocacy for East Coast, Johnson & Johnson and Regional Business Director, Janssen Inc.

Building a Statewide Public Private Collaboration to Drive Health Science Research, Translation and Commercialization: Global Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Institute

Moderated by Deborah Crawford, Vice President Research, George Mason University

Laurence Bray, Associate Professor, Bioengineering, George Mason University

John Moynihan, Chief Medical Officer and Chair of the Department of Surgery, Inova Fairfax Hospital

Richard Shannon, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Virginia

Game Changers: New Discoveries, New Thinking (Round 2)

Tracey Vetterick, Head of ONcology Early Portfolio Strategy, AstraZeneca

"Painting Proteins – a new tool to reveal protein interactions" Alessandra Luchini, Associate Professor, College of Science, George Mason University

Innovating in Disruption and Disruptive Innovation: Embracing Change to Serve Patients

Moderated by Margaret Anderson, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting and former Executive Director of FasterCures, a Center of the Milken Institute

Tanisha Carino, Executive Director, Faster Cures

Meghana Chalasani, Operations Research Analyst, Decision Support and Analysis Team (DSAT), Office of Strategic Programs/Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)

Cynthia Rice, Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy, JDRF

Conference Reflection: Open Comments and Discussion from Audience
Closing Remarks

Jeffrey Gallagher, CEO, Virginia Bio

Honorary Committee

Amy Adams

Associate Director, Institute for Biohealth Innovation, GMU

Peggy Agouris

Dean, College of Science, GMU

Barbara Boyan

Dean, School of Engineering,VCU

Kathlynn Brown

Sr Director, Macromolecular Science and Cancer Biology, SRI International

Tami Brown

Associate Director, State Gov’t Affairs & Policy, Merck & Co., Inc.

Germaine Buck Louis

Dean, College of Health & Human Services, GMU

Deborah Crawford

VP Research, GMU

Kim Davis

Chief Compliance Officer, kaleo

Daniela Drago

Director Regulatory Affairs Program, GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Joanne Duncan

President, Membership and Operations, BIO

Donna Edmonds

Chairman and CEO, ImmunArray

Kolaleh Eskandanian

VP and Chief Innovation Officer, Children’s National

Jessica Foley

Chief Scientific Officer, Focused Ultrasound Foundation

Mindy Goldsborough

Chief Science and Technology Officer, ATCC

Ia Gomez

Dean, Science and Engineering, LFCC

Amrie Grammer

Co-Founder,COO & Chief Scientific Officer, AMPEL BioSolutions

Elaine Horn-Ranney

Co-Founder and CEO, Tympanogen

Kathi Huddleston

Director, Clinical Research, Inova Translational Medicine Institute

Senator Janet Howell

Virginia General Assembly

Crystal Icenhour

CEO, Aperiomics and Immediate Past Chairman VA Bio

Julie Idelkope

VP, U.S. Government Relations, Pfizer

Anna James

Director, Business Development, Sentara

Sheree Jones

Client Unit Executive, Federal Healthcare and Energy, IBM

Sharon Krueger

Director, Innovation and Grants, UVA

Stacy LaMontagne

Partner, Cherry Bekaert, Life Science

Jennifer Lee

Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Policy and Services, Veterans Administration

Tracy Mason

Assistant Dean, Strategic Communications, GMU

Theresa Mayer

VP Research and Innovation, Virginia Tech

Mindy Myers

Medical Laboratory Technologist, Quest Diagnostics

Nicole Palya Wood

Sr Director Advocacy, PhRMA

Ann Powell

Director, Healthcare Policy & Advocacy, Johnson and Johnson

Liz Powell

Founder and President, G2G Consulting

Marsha Rappley

CEO, VCU Health System & VP Health Sciences, VCU

Carrie Roth

President and CEO, VA Bio + Tech Park

Margaret Saha

Chancellor Professor Biology, College of W&M

Brandy Salmon

Executive Director, LINK, Virginia Tech

Kelly Schlageter

Director, Communications, Inova Center for Personalized Health

Margaret (Peggy) Shupnik

Sr Associate Dean Research, School of Medicine, UVA

Jennifer Siciliano

Chief Communications and External Affairs Officer, Inova

Lisa Simms Booth

Sr Director, Patient & Public Engagement, Biden Cancer Initiative

Kyp Sirinakis

Managing Partner, Epidarex Capital

Julia Spicer

Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Venture Association

Janine Stevens

Director, Scientific Programs, HHMI Janelia Research Campus

Joanne Theurich

Chief of Operations Services, HHMI

Denise Toney

Director, Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services

Rosemarie Truman

Founder and CEO, The Center for Advancing Innovation

Nancy Vorona

VP, Research Investment, CIT

Ujwala Warek

Director, Biotechnology, Altria

Champions Committee

Ed Albrigo

CEO, Center for Innovative Technologies

Ali Andalibi

Associate Dean Research, George Mason University

Jarrod Borkat

Sr Director, Partnering & Strategy, MedImmune

Franklin Bost

Executive Associate Dean Innovation & Outreach, Director VCU Institute for Medicine

Henry Broaddus

VP Strategic Initiatives, College of William & Mary

Peter Buckley

Dean, School of Medicine, VCU Health System

Alan Connor

President and CEO, Cadence Inc.

Jeff Conroy

CEO, Embody, LLC.

Ray Cypess

President and CEO, ATCC/p>

Dennis Dean

Director, Fralin Life Science Institute, Virginia Tech

Ross Dunlap

President and CEO, Ceres Nanosciences

Tom Frantz

Chairman Emeritus, Williams Mullen

Michael Friedlander

Exec Director, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, VP, Health Sciences & Technology, Virginia Tech

Mark Gignac

Exec Director, Institute Advanced Learning & Research

Craig Gill

U.S. Government Relations, Pfizer

Alan Grant

Dean, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

Mike Grisham

President and CEO, Virginia Catalyst

Richard Heller

Frank Reidy Center for Bioelectrics, ODU

Mark Herzog

VP, Corporate Affairs, kaleo

Joe Humphrie

EVP, Washington Market, Union Bank

Andrew Krouse

President and CEO, Cavion

Thomas Loughran, Jr.

Director, UVA Cancer Center

Warren Martin

Executive Transaction Advisor, Life Sciences & Technology, Falls River Group

Scott Meza

Director, Corporate & Securities, Greenberg Traurig

Lenn Murrelle

President and CEO, Venebio

John Niederhuber

CEO, Inova Translational Medicine Institute

Brian Pollok

CEO, Propagenix Inc.

Jim Powers

Chairman and CEO, Hemoshear Therapeutics

Michael Ross

President and CEO, Euclid Systems

Senator Frank Ruff Jr.

Virginia General Assembly

Richard Shannon

Exec Vice President, UVA Health System

Todd Stottlemyer

CEO, Inova Center for Personalized Health


We have secured a block of hotel rooms for our conference attendees. The Fairview Park Marriott is located only quick 2 miles from the conference venue, and offers an on site restaurant and fitness center for those arriving the evening before.

Fairview Park Marriott

3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042

Map and Directions

Room block closes October 2


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Or call 1-800-228-9290, give the hotel name and ask for the Women Building Bio room block.

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Conference Venue

Inova Center for Personalized Health Conference Center

3225 Gallows Road

Fairfax, VA 22031

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Come join us for the Third Annual Women Building Bio October 17 at the Inova Center for Personalized Health. Be a part of the vision with Thought Leaders and Change Agents steering the Industry.

This is a one-day regional conference converging extraordinary men and women, industry and academia, researchers and innovators, professionals and decision-makers gathering together to cultivate relationships and making an impact.


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Conference Highlights

Women Building Bio is more than a conference, it is a movement, and a celebration of the extraordinary innovative people creating and empowering the cures, therapies and diagnostics of the future.

View the highlights of the 2017 conference to feel the power and the magic that happens when true collaborators convene to advance an industry.

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