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.
- Full-day event built with our attendees in mind, including dedicated networking time, business development opportunities, industry career fair, and insight into where the biohealth industry is going
- Attendees participated in a once in a lifetime interactive genome experiment with keynote speaker, Dr. Chris Mason
- Keynote Sessions from the health and technology industry speaking on the future of healthcare followed by question and answer sessions
- There were chances to meet and network with industry peers, executives, investors, and researchers
- Five Panel Sessions covering topics from emerging trends in health technology, Wisconsin success stories, professional development, to biomanufacturing
- Afternoon Networking Reception with networking, signature cocktails, and hors-d’oeuvres
MORNING KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: DR. CHRIS MASON
Decoding Life on Earth and Beyond: How Genomics is Transforming the Future of Medicine, Forensics, and Space Travel
What do space travel, medicine, and forensics have in common? Does genomics come to mind? Known best for swabbing New York subways and sequencing the NASA twins, Dr. Chris Mason took guests on an exploration of how genomics will transform many of the things we know today.
About Chris: Perhaps best known for rubbing swabs to gather bacterial DNA from the surfaces of New York City subway stations, Chris Mason is Associate Professor of Physiology and Biophysics as well as Computational Genomics at the Weill Cornell Medical College. Chris began his education in Wisconsin, graduating from UW-Madison with a dual degree in Genetics and Biochemistry. He also holds an appointment in the Department of Neuroscience. He is a systems thinker, who frequently characterizes multi-omic data in a variety of environments—from cruise ships to Chernobyl-struck villages to outer space. Chris works with NASA to design the metagenome for life in space and is a proud contributor to the 500 Year Plan, a long-term survival plan for Earth’s inhabitants.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our interactive experiment: Your smartphone tells you the time, your daily calendar, and what you’re friends are up too, but what else can it tell you? At the summit we ran an interactive attendee experiment at our annual Biohealth Summit, participating in part of a larger population study conducted by Dr. Chris Mason.
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Navigating the Road to Success: How Diversifying and Empowering Women in Biohealth Builds a Better Leadership Team
Research shows the most effective teams are those that are diverse. Encouraging broad-based team participation of women is often fostered by women in leadership positions. However, in the biohealth industry there continues to be room for improvement when it comes to opportunities for women within executive level leadership. Panelists engage in discussion on how organizations and executives can make an active effort to elevate women to the top and how diversity amongst their leadership team has positively impacted their organization.
Tammy Turek-Etienne, Vice President of Operations, Exact Sciences
Laura Hilty, Vice President of Product Strategy, Forte
Rupa Pike, Director of Cell Manufacturing, UW-Madison Program for Advanced Cell Therapy (PACT)
Marilyn Frontz, Vice President of Quality Assurance, AbbVie
Strategies to Pivot Current Products to New Market Success (with a Little Bit of Luck!)
Good business necessitates staying nimble, but forays into new markets require extra ingenuity and a disciplined strategy. Three Wisconsin companies who found unique opportunities to market their expertise and products outside of their originally targeted customer base told the audience about how systematically exploring unexpected markets allowed them to form new partnerships, build their businesses, and grow Wisconsin’s biohealth ecosystem.
Nicolas Paris, CEO of Gilson
Garrett Peterson, Chief Strategy Officer at Yahara Software
Amanda Baltz, CEO of Spaulding Medical
LUNCH & WISCONSIN BIOHEALTH AWARDS PRESENTATION
12:00-1:30 PM – OVERTURE MAIN LOBBY
2018 Wisconsin Biohealth Business Achievement Award: Kevin Conroy
2018 Hector F. DeLuca Scientific Achievement Award: Allen Cowley, Jr., PhD
Examining the Economic Impact of Wisconsin’s Biohealth Industry: What the Numbers Tell Us and What the Future Holds
The 2018 Wisconsin Biohealth Industry Economic Impact Report was released at the 2018 Biohealth Summit. Wisconsin Biohealth leaders that representing our industry’s key sectors took a deeper dive into the data related to jobs, economic output, wages, expansions, and the interconnectivity of our companies and Wisconsin’s supply chain.
Brian Riley, Vice President of Operations, Catalent Pharma Solutions
Michael Tendick, Market Sector Vice President – Healthcare/Life Sciences, Plexus
Penny Patterson, Vice President, Communications, Promega
Peter Ullrich, Chief Executive Officer & President, Titan Spine
Matt Williams, Vice President of State Government Affairs, AbbVie
Wisconsin's Biomanufacturing Center of Excellence
We build things in Wisconsin. We are good at it. Wisconsin has become a Biomanufacturing Center of Excellence that’s dedicated to building biomanufacturing innovation and industry in the state. The audience heard from those behind this new charge on what’s next for the Biomanufacturing Center of Excellence.
Bill Murphy, Director of Forward BIO Institute and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UW-Madison
Jessica Martin-Eckerly, Co-Founder of Forward BIOLABS
Barry Kurokawa, Co-Founder and CEO, Dianomi Therapeutics, Inc.
Lisa Johnson, CEO of BioForward Wisconsin
AFTERNOON KEYNOTE SESSION: What’s Next? Exploring the Impact of Gene Editing on Medicine, Research, and the Next Generation
The media and research community has been buzzing with discussions on CRISPR, gene engineering, and what the technology means for the future of medicine and humankind. This session brought together experts to discuss gene editing, hot topics surrounding the technology, and particularly, what it means for our industry.
Aron Geurts, Associate Professor of Physiology, Medical College of Wisconsin
Jill Wildonger, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dominique Brossard, Professor and Chair in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin Madison
Tom Foti, Vice President & General Manager, Aldevron