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|Women Building Bio 2019|
Women Building Bio
View Highlights of our 4th annual regional conference September 19, 2019
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Women Building Bio is where the future is transformed into reality.
Women Building Bio
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Inova Center for Personalized Health Fairfax Virginia
8:00am Registration Opens
9:00am WELCOME AND GOALS FOR THE DAY
Cassandra Isley , Vice President Strategy and Development, Virginia Bio
Stephanie Van Bebber , Sr. Director, Inova Schar Clinical Trials Office
Amy Adams , Associate Director, Institute Biohealth Innovation, George Mason University
9:20 am SPOTLIGHT 1 -NEW COLLABORATIONS, NEW DISCOVERIES, NEW THINKING
Sunita Dodani , Founding Director, Healthcare Analytics and Delivery Institute, a partnership between EVMS and Sentara Healthcare, and Founder, Center for Post-Polio Rehabilitation.
9:30 am Opening Conversation with Julie Gerberding – The Right Mix Matters: Building a more globally competitive industry by promoting workforce development, diversity, and inclusion
Julie Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H. Executive Vice President, Communications, Global Policy, and Population Health & Chief Patient Officer, Merck & Co.; 2018 Woman of the Year of the Healthcare Businesswomen Association
John Newby, CEO, Virginia Bio
10:00 am Panel 1 – EYES ARE THE WINDOW TO … YOUR HEALTH!
Developing Extraordinary New Approaches to Diagnose, Heal and Enable
Moderator: Michael Perham, Director Innovation & External Relations, HHMI Janelia
Barbara Barclay, President, RightEye (Maryland). RightEye offers the world’s first commercialized eye-tracking system for general healthcare and wellness. It’s designed to quickly, easily and accurately expose vision and brain health in ways impossible with standard eye tests.
Nancy Cleveland , Medical Director, LC Technologies. (Virginia) The Eyegaze Edge enables locked-in users (patients with ALS, CP, MS, MD, for example) to communicate with the world via robust accurate eye testing devices and software.
Julia Finkel,MD Founder, AlgometRx, Inc., Director, Pain Medicine Research at Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center. (Washington, DC.)
Breakthrough technology platform that objectively measures pain type, intensity and drug effect in real time by interpreting a patient’s pupillary responses using a handheld, non-invasive device and applying proprietary algorithms.
10:45 am NETWORKING AND STRETCH BREAK
11:00 am SPOTLIGHT 2 -NEW COLLABORATIONS, NEW DISCOVERIES, NEW THINKING
Taking on metastatic breast cancer with innovative collaborations and multi-omics!
Mariaelena Pierobon, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, George Mason University
11:15 am PANEL 2 - BREAKTHROUGHS IN NEONATAL HEALTH AND CARE THROUGH RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Moderator: Denise Toney, Director, Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory (DCLS)
Rosemary Higgins, Associate Dean for Research, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University.
Lamia Sogheir, Medical Unit Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Children’s National Medical Center
11:50 am STEM and Workforce: The Virginia Bio Foundation
Denise Toney, Director, Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Director, Member of the Board of Directors, Virginia Bio Foundation
12:00 – 12:25 pm LUNCH & OPEN NETWORKING
12:30 – 12:55 pm & 1:00 – 1:25 pm – TIES Small Groups
Together Inspiring an Ecosystem of Success. Structured Networking with Outstanding Women Leaders.
Katherine Akingbade, Microbiome Team Lead and Civilian Microbiologist/Biochemist, SBME ARAP US Army Research Laboratory
Ann Ardis, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University
Joanne Duncan, President, Membership & Business Operations Division, BIO
Ami Gadhia, Technology Transfer and Patenting Specialist, Office of Strategic Alliances, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), NIH
Mia Masten, Director, Advocacy and Professional Relations, Pfizer
Elebeoba May, Program Director, Systems and Synthetic Biology, Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, National Science Foundation
Amy Millman, President and Co-Founder, Springboard Enterprises
Helen Montag, Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships, Johns Hopkins Technology Venture
Mika Sovak, Vice President, Astrazeneca
Amy White, Dean, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, Virginia Western Community College
1:30 pm KEYNOTE 2: NANCY HOWELL AGEE
Our Shared Journey: Making a Difference in the Lives of Patients
Nancy Howell Agee, President & CEO, Carilion Clinic and Immediate Past Chair, American Hospital Association
2:00 pm PANEL 3: BUILDING THE PLANE WHILE FLYING IT- GROWING INTO YOUR ROLE.
Bioscience Company Leaders Discuss Their Commercial, Professional and Personal Growth Journeys
Moderator: Bonnie Weiss McLeod, Partner, Cooley LLP
Renée A. Hart, President & Chief Business Officer, LumaCyte
Crystal Icenhour, CEO, Aperiomics
Srujana Cherukuri, CEO, Noble Life Sciences
2:45 pm SPOTLIGHT 3 on NEW COLLABORATIONS, NEW DISCOVERIES, NEW THINKING
Banu Cole, Scientific Director, HemoShear Therapeutics
3:00 pm NETWORKING & STRETCH BREAK
3:15 pm KEYNOTE 3: MICHELLE MCMURRY-HEATH, CULTIVATION INNOVATION, STRENGTHENING the REGION and SAVING LIVES- JLABS@WashingtonDC.
Michelle McMurry-Heath, Worldwide Vice President, Regulatory and Clinical Affairs, & Global Head of Evidence Generation, Johnson & Johnson, and Vice President, External Innovation, Regulatory Science, and Executive Director Scientific Partnerships, JLABS@Washington DC
3:45 pm REFLECTIONS ON THE DAY
Next Steps Moving Forward – Moderated Discussion with Audience
4:00 pm Adjourn
Associate Director, Institute for Biohealth Innovation, GMU
Provost, William & Mary
Dean, College of Engineering,VCU
Sr Director, Macromolecular Science and Cancer Biology, SRI International
Associate Director, State Gov’t Affairs & Policy, Merck & Co., Inc.
Germaine Buck Louis
Dean, College of Health & Human Services, GMU
VP Research, GMU
Chief Compliance Officer, kaleo
Director Regulatory Affairs Program, GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences
President, Membership and Operations, BIO
CEO, BRAINBox Solutions
VP and Chief Innovation Officer, Children’s National
Chief Scientific Officer, Focused Ultrasound Foundation
Chief Science and Technology Officer, ATCC
Dean, Science and Engineering, LFCC
Co-Founder,COO & Chief Scientific Officer, AMPEL BioSolutions
Co-Founder and CEO, Tympanogen
Director, Clinical Research, Inova Translational Medicine Institute
Senator Janet Howell
Virginia General Assembly
CEO, Aperiomics and Immediate Past Chairman VA Bio
VP, U.S. Government Relations, Pfizer
Client Unit Executive, Federal Healthcare and Energy, IBM
Director, Innovation Grants and Relationships, School of Medicine, UVA
Partner, Cherry Bekaert, Life Science
Jennifer LeeDirector, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services
Assistant Dean, Strategic Communications, GMU
Director, Advocacy and Professional Relations, Pfizer
Medical Laboratory Technologist, Quest Diagnostics
Nicole Palya Wood
Sr Director Advocacy, PhRMA
Director, Healthcare Policy & Advocacy, Johnson and Johnson
Founder and President, G2G Consulting
CEO, VCU Health System & VP Health Sciences, VCU
President and CEO, VA Bio + Tech Park
Chancellor Professor Biology, College of W&M
Executive Director, LINK, Virginia Tech
Director, Communications, Inova Center for Personalized Health
Margaret (Peggy) Shupnik
Sr Associate Dean Research, School of Medicine, UVA
Chief Communications and External Affairs Officer, Inova
Lisa Simms Booth
Sr Director, Patient & Public Engagement, Biden Cancer Initiative
Managing Partner, Epidarex Capital
Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Venture Association
Director, Scientific Programs, HHMI Janelia Research Campus
Director, Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services
Founder and CEO, The Center for Advancing Innovation
VP, Research Investment, CIT
Director, Biotechnology, Altria
CEO, Center for Innovative Technologies
Associate Dean Research, George Mason University
Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Emergent BioSolutions
Executive Associate Dean Innovation & Outreach, Director VCU Institute for Medicine
VP Strategic Initiatives, College of William & Mary
Dean, School of Medicine, VCU Health System
President and CEO, Cadence Inc.
CEO, Embody, LLC.
President and CEO, ATCC
Director, Fralin Life Science Institute, Virginia Tech
President and CEO, Ceres Nanosciences
Chairman Emeritus, Williams Mullen
Exec Director, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, VP, Health Sciences & Technology, Virginia Tech
Exec Director, Institute Advanced Learning & Research
U.S. Government Relations, Pfizer
Dean, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Virginia Tech
President and CEO, Virginia Catalyst
Frank Reidy Center for Bioelectrics, ODU
VP, Corporate Affairs, kaleo
President and CEO, Cavion
Thomas Loughran, Jr.
Director, UVA Cancer Center
Director, Corporate & Securities, Greenberg Traurig
President and CEO, Venebio
CEO, Propagenix Inc.
Chairman and CEO, Hemoshear Therapeutics
President and CEO, Euclid Systems
Senator Frank Ruff Jr.
Virginia General Assembly
The closest hotel is the Fairview Park Marriott, which 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
Or call 1-800-228-9290
Inova Center for Personalized Health Conference Center
8100 Innovation Park Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031
Sponsor or Exhibit with Us
With over 300 attendees from leading companies and universities, this is the ideal opportunity to showcase your organization at the premier Women Building Bio regional conference.
With options to meet any objective or budget, let us work with you to create the perfect package.
Contact Cassandra Isley for more information.
Registration is now open! Book early and save!
Come join us for the Fourth Annual Women Building Bio Sept. 19, 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.
Check out our media resources below. Whether its photos, our highlights video, or leader vine videos, they are sure to make you smile and feel a little more inspired.
View highlights video (3 minutes)
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A Conversation with Barbara Barclay, President, RightEye
Getting to Know Nancy Cleveland, Medical Director, LC Technologies (Virginia)
A Minute with Rosemary Higgins, Associate Dean for Research, College for Health and Human Sciences, George Mason University
Nancy Howell Agee, President & CEO, Carilion Clinic and Immediate Past Chair, American Hospital Association, Introduction
A Conversation with Banu Cole, Scientific Director, HemoShear Therapeutics
A Conversation with Denise Toney, Director, Virginia Division of Consolidated Labs, Director, Member of the Board of Directors, Virginia Bio Foundation
A Minute with Mia Masten, Director, Advocacy and Professional Relations, Pfizer
John Newby, Virginia Bio CEO, Introduction
What Our Attendees Say
"It was truly a wonderful experience meeting such inspirational and successful leaders and role models"
Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine, Children’s National Health System
"The content was great and there were some great people in attendance – really amazing opportunities for connections."
Senior Director for Patient and Public Engagement, Biden Cancer Initiative
“Everyone was so receptive to questions and I felt as though I was being mentored by every person I spoke to!"
SACNAS, George Mason University Chapter