2020 WISCONSIN BIOHEALTH SUMMIT

CHANGING WORLD: SAME GOALS

How the Challenges We Face are Launching New Ideas, Collaborations, and Innovations in Wisconsin’s Biohealth Industry

BioForward is planning a virtual Wisconsin Biohealth Summit– LIKE NO OTHER. We have an exciting lineup that won’t have you sitting bored at your computer for a day-long conference. We will give you entertainment and education over three separate days for shorter periods. BioForward is creating a Summit that provides companies opportunities to educate and provide comic relief to their valued employees.

BioForward’s annual Biohealth Summit serves as a platform for Wisconsin’s biohealth community to celebrate our successes and collaborate on what’s next for our booming industry.

3 Days | Short Sessions | Lots of Options

This Summit is designed with you in mind! Choose the sessions that fit your schedule. Network anytime. 

SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Three-day event built with our attendees in mind. Entertainment and education over three separate days for shorter periods
  • Attendees can participate in both one-on-one networking sessions as well as group networking sessions.
  • Opportunities for comic relief and fun from special guest, Second City
  • Chances to meet and network with industry peers, executives, investors, and researchers from organizations such as GE Healthcare, FUJIFILM, UW-Madison, Illumina, Blood Center of Wisconsin, Covance, Medical College of Wisconsin, Promega, Advocate Aurora Health, Exact Sciences, UW Health and more!
  • Themed days covering relevant and timely topics from COVID-19, professional development, diversity & inclusion, and economic impact of our industry
  • Young company videos, sponsor booths, question and answer sessions, and so much more!

Hear from Industry & Research Leaders

Keynote & panel presentations from experts in the biohealth field throughout the day

Dedicated Networking

Connect with summit attendees over dedicated coffee & networking breaks, as well as our exclusive afternoon reception.

Interactive Attendee Experience

Not your average conference. You’ll be challenged to interact with the platform over three days.

Humor & Music

With award-winning improv comedy troop, Second City.

Global Biohealth Trends

Gain insight into where the biohealth industry in going next in the new healthcare revolution.
  • Member Pricing- $60

  • Non-Member Pricing- $100

  • Medallion Company Pass Pricing- $250

    send as many employees from your company as you want

  • Company Pass Pricing- $600

    send as many employees from your company as you want

  • Student Pricing- FREE

    limited to 100 passes at this time

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

three separate days for shorter periods, attend the sessions that work for you

Day 1 | September 23, 2020

The Challenges of COVID-19 and How Wisconsin is Adapting through Collaborations and the Public Health Response

9:00-10:00AM OPTIONAL COFFEE & NETWORKING

WELCOME FROM BIOFORWARD WITH SPECIAL GUEST- SECOND CITY

10:00-10:15 AM.

Hosts: 

Lisa Johnson, CEO, BioForward

Second City Co-host

PANEL- ANALYZING ACADEMIC AND INDUSTRY COLLABORATIONS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC: SUCCESS STORIES, BARRIERS ENCOUNTERED AND HOW DOES WISCONSIN CREATE COLLABORATION SUSTAINABILITY

10:20-11:20 AM

Sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center for Public Leadership, this panel will discuss active collaborations and findings that have come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Panelists: 

  • Mondira Saha-Muldowney, Manager, Dissemination and Implementation Launchpad, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR), UW-Madison
  • Jane Mahoney, Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics and Gerontology), Director, ICTR Dissemination and Implementation Launchpad, UW-Madison
  • Rock Mackie, Emeritus Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Nicolas Paris, CEO, Gilson
  • Lennon Rodgers, Director, Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Lab
  • Dan Sem, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Dean of Batterman School of Business at Concordia University

Sponsored by:

 

SPONSORS VIP EVENT

1:00-1:30 PM

Sponsors of the 2020 Wisconsin Biohealth Summit are invited to join Dr. Osterholm and BioForward Board Members for this SPONSORS ONLY EVENT. This smaller format event will give sponsors the opportunity to ask questions, as well as see and be seen by other industry professionals.

1:00-3:00 PM BREAK/OPTIONAL NETWORKING

PANEL- COVID-19 Response: Where We Came From, Where We Are Now, and Looking Ahead to the Next Several Months

3:00-4:00 PM

Facing an unprecedented pandemic, the biohealth industry hit the ground running and have been at the forefront of fighting COVID-19 with new therapeutics, vaccines, medical devices, and testing capabilities to continue to drive a reduction in the number of cases and deaths. Join us as we explore the innovative methods currently being utilized and learn what we can expect in the coming months to help us combat the continuing pandemic.

Panelists:

Angela Treml, Medical Director, Versiti

Dr. Leonard Friedland, Vice President & Director of Scientific Affairs and Public Health Vaccines North America, GlaxoSmithKline

Vivek Bhatt, CTO Clinical Care Solutions, GE Healthcare

Nkem Iroegbu, Chief Medical Officer, Advocate Aurora Health/St. Luke’s Hospital

Day 2 | September 30, 2020

Leading the Way: Success through Leadership in Strategy, Diversity, and Influence

8:00-9:00 AM OPTIONAL COFFEE & NETWORKING

FIRESIDE CHAT- Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Strategies

9:00-9:45 AM

Over his professional career, Elliott Francis has consulted with business leaders to develop, implement, and execute diversity and inclusion strategies, aimed at achieving organizational success. Lisa Johnson will have a fireside chat with Elliott on BIO’s program: BIOEquality Agenda. Through its three pillars: ) Promote health equality; 2) Invest in the current and next generation of scientists; 3) Expand opportunities for women and underrepresented populations, BIO is striving to improve its organization and assist the biohealth community with EDI assessments, strategies, goals and action plans. We are all in this journey together. Elliott will help guide us to not only have passion to improve, but the importance of EDI strategy to create robust and effective equality and diversity in the workplace.

Panelists:

Elliott Francis, Diversity and Inclusion Director, BIO

Moderated by:

Lisa Johnson, CEO of BioForward Wisconsin

Sponsored by:

9:45 AM-12:00 PM BREAK/OPTIONAL NETWORKING

TRAINING SESSION- DARCY LUOMA COACHING & CONSULTING LLC

2:00-2:50 PM

Cultivate a Growth Mindset for Success

Learn how ENDURANCE and resilience can help you overcome obstacles. Identify self-limiting beliefs and create a plan of action to move forward. 50 event attendees will be selected to participate firsthand, additional attendees will be able to watch the session.

Training Leader:

Jill Mueller

Sponsored by:

TRAINING SESSION- DARCY LUOMA COACHING & CONSULTING LLC

3:00-3:50 PM

Influence Without Authority: Manage Projects and People Up, Down, and Sideways

Increase your capacity to achieve results when you’re not the boss. Learn strategies and practice BALANCE to connect, persuade, and build partnerships in thoughtful ways. 50 event attendees will be selected to participate firsthand, additional attendees will be able to watch the session.

Training Leader:

Jill Mueller

Sponsored by:

Day 3 | October 7, 2020

Reimagine Biohealth: Explore New Landscapes for Medicine and Leading-Edge Wisconsin Startups

8:00-9:00 AM OPTIONAL COFFEE & NETWORKING

PANEL- THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY: BIG BUSINESS, TRICKY REGULATIONS, AND VAST HEALTH POTENTIAL

9:00-9:50 AM

The cannabis industry is experiencing unprecedented growth globally with more than 30 countries having legalized the therapeutic use of cannabis extracts and dozens more set to join them in the coming years.  In the US, over half of the states have passed laws regulating the use of medical cannabis.  The FDA has also approved 4 therapeutics that use compounds found in cannabis while CBD and hemp products continue to proliferate.  As the medical and business opportunities continue to multiply, join us as we explore the science and regulations driving the future of the cannabis industry.

Panelists:

Cecilia Hillard, Associate Dean for Research, Medical College of Wisconsin

Marielle Weintraub, US Hemp Authority & Zilis

Mark Schweiger, COO/GM, Simply Solutions Inc.

Moderated by:

Grace Bandong, Scientific Leader for Contaminants, Eurofins

10:00 AM-12:00 PM BREAK/OPTIONAL NETWORKING
12:30-1:00 PM BREAK/OPTIONAL NETWORKING

PANEL- PSYCHEDELIC THERAPEUTICS AND TRANSFORMING THE FUTURE OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE

1:00-1:50 PM

With nearly 1 in 5 US adults living with some form of mental illness and more than 17 million people in the U.S. who have a major depressive disorder, researchers have turned to potential therapies that once showed promise before coming to a complete halt due to regulation; psychedelics. Last year, the FDA granted “breakthrough therapy” status to the psychedelic treatment of depression, for a U.S.-based clinical trial conducted by the nonprofit Usona Institute, of Madison, WI. Hear from the Usona institute and local researchers who are using psychedelics to treat depression, PTSD, addiction, and more with an entirely different way to think about treatment outcomes.

Panelists:

Dr. Chuck Raison, Director of Clinical and Translational Research, Usona Institute

Christopher Nicolas, PhD, Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

John D. McCorvy, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin

Moderated by:

Tura G. Patterson, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Usona Institute

PANEL- YOUNG WI BIOHEALTH COMPANIES 2020: DISCUSSION AND Q&A

3:00-3:50 PM

A SUMMIT FAVORITE IS BACK! For an industry to continue to grow and expand in a rapidly evolving field like Biohealth, we need constant innovation and new ideas coming from our universities and entrepreneurs.  Come together as we discuss the startup journey of some of Wisconsin’s brightest early-stage companies and celebrate the unique Biohealth pioneers of our industry.

Panelists:

Ross Bjella, Founder, Alithias

Ali Bakhshinejad, CEO, VasoGnosis

Eric Horler, President & CEO, AIQ Solutions

Moderator:

Steve Visuri, CEO, Stem Pharm

WHY ATTEND THE WI BIOHEALTH SUMMIT

Exclusive Insights

Hear from industry leaders on what’s next for integrated health solutions throughout our keynote and panel sessions

Dedicated Networking

Connect with summit attendees via one-on-one networking and small group networking rooms.

Global Biohealth Trends

Gain insight into the big picture of biohealth and what’s next for the industry at a global level.

Speakers from Industry & Research

Connect with and learn from keynote & panel speakers ranging from world-class researchers to biohealth executives.

Interactive Attendee Experience

Not your average conference. You will be challenged to interact with the platform and other participants in different ways over the three days.

Comedy & Music

We all need humor in our lives, especially during a pandemic.  Award-winning comedy troop, Second City, will lighten our moods.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Get your message in front of Wisconsin biohealth leaders! Learn more about the different sponsorship opportunities at this year’s Wisconsin Biohealth Summit by contacting Brian Moeller at [email protected].

  • Complimentary & discounted registrations
  • Expo Booth opportunities
  • Digital and event marketing
  • Logo recognition on event platform and landing page
  • Sponsors-only VIP Event with BioForward Board Members and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Osterholm
  • And more!

Networking Sponsors-

Sponsor will get recognition on all networking pages.

  1. Throughout the Summit including days where the portal is open but not events are happening, there will be networking opportunities for participants, both one-on-one, and in small groups.
    • 3 available                                       $1,500

Keynote Sponsors - (no longer available)

Sponsor will get recognition on the keynote stage from a BioForward representative, as well as have their logo posted on the stage page.

  1. September 23 will feature infectious disease specialist, Dr. Osterholm, talking about COVID-19 treatments and vaccines.
    • 1 (no longer available)                    $10,000
  2. September 30 is devoted to leadership, inclusion, and diversity with acclaimed speaker and award-winning life coach, Darcy Luoma.
    • 1 available  (no longer available)     $3,000

Innovation Sponsors-

Sponsor will get logo recognition on the stage page, in addition to on all publicity concerning their sponsored session.  The young companies sponsor will also be invited to introduce the panel.

  1. October 7, we all need humor in our lives, especially during a pandemic. Award-winning improv group, Second City, will bring joy to participants in a 45-minute closing musical extravaganza.
    • 1 available                                      $5,000
  2. October 7, always an attendee favorite, innovative young companies will provide updates, followed by a panel. Sponsor provided the opportunity to Moderate the panel.
    • 1 available                                       $1,500

THANK YOU SPONSORS

Questions on the Event or Registration? Contact Rissa Guffey at [email protected]!

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