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November 7, 2017

Early-Bird Registration


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Time Agenda Speaker(s) Location
7:30 – 8:30am Registration and Networking Breakfast   Exhibit Hall, Lobby
8:30 – 8:35am Welcome/Opening Remarks Bill McKeon, TMC Auditorium
8:35 – 9:05am Morning Keynote Melinda Richter, Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS Auditorium
9:05 – 9:30am Morning Keynote 2 Neil Canavan, Author of A Cure Within: Scientists Unleashing the Immune System to Kill Cancer, The Trout Group Auditorium
9:30 – 10:00am VC Panel Discussion

Moderatored by Erik Halvorsen, TMCx
Momei Qu, Baird Capital
Casey Cunningham, M.D., Santé Ventures
Bibhash Mukhopadhyay, NEA

10:00 – 10:30am Networking Break    
10:30 – 10:50am Recapping The 2017 Legislative Session Tom Kowalski, THBI Auditorium
10:50 – 11:00am Update from DeBakey Award Winner Laura Bosworth, TeVido BioDevices Auditorium
11:00 – 11:20am NASDAQ Public Companies Spotlight Moderated by: Stephen Valenta, NASDAQ
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Jeff Wade
Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Greg Naeve, Ph.D.
11:20 – 11:40am Working with NIH to Advance Technology & Economic Development Michael Salgaller, Ph.D., NIH Auditorium
11:40 – 12:00pm Drug Development Mania – Is Houston a Player? Atul Varadhachary, M.D., Ph.D., Fannin Innovation Studio
Mark Worscheh, Fannin Innovation Studio, Aquinas Companies
12:00 – 1:00pm Networking Lunch   Exhibit Hall
1:00 – 5:00pm Company Presentations
Time Session Speaker(s)
1:00 – 1:15pm TMCx Companies Spotlight Gwyn Ballentine, TMC Innovation, Moderator
1:15 – 1:35pm CPRIT Awardees Spotlight  
1:35 – 2:30pm Company Presentations  
2:30 – 2:45pm Networking Break  
2:45 – 5:15pm Company Presentations  
Time Agenda Speaker(s) Location
1:00 – 2:30pm Educational Symposia    
         Track 1 | Location: Room 280 | Moderator: Meg Boulware, Boulware & Valoir
Time Session Speaker(s)
1:00 – 1:30pm The Past, Present, and Future of Designing Immuno-Oncology Clinical Trials Dan Hargrove, Cancer Insight
Laura Richie, Cancer Insight
1:30 – 2:00pm Is The R&D Tax Credit the Best Option for Your Start-up? Tomas Nally, TRCG Advisors
Clarice Motter, Clarice Motter CPA
2:00 – 2:30pm Practical Advice to Start-Ups on Licensing and
Alice Turinas, Turinas & Bird LLC
Robert Abdon, Ph.D., MD Anderson Cancer Center
         Track 2 | Location: Room 1003 | Moderator: TBD
Time Session Speaker(s)
1:00 – 1:30pm CMC Consideration in IND Preparation Steve Pondell, Integrated BioTech Solutions
Jonathan Bohmann, Ph.D., Southwest Research Institute
Kevin Kane, Ph.D., Quotient Clinical
1:30 – 2:00pm Lab Space Design and Real Estate for Life Science Companies Peter Stojkovic, Transwestern
Gavin Keith, DPR Construction
Chris Wadley, Transwestern
Jennifer Oliverio, DPR Construction
2:00 – 2:30pm Talent Recruitment Billy Howell, MedSource, Moderator
Mary McKinney, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals
Time Agenda Speaker(s) Location
2:30 – 3:00pm Networking Break    
3:00 – 5:00pm Educational Symposia (Cont'd)    
         Track 2 | Location: Room 1003 | Moderator: TBD
Time Session Speaker(s)
3:00 – 3:30pm Venture Capital Funding for Life Sciences Startups: How to Attract and Work with the Right VC Investors Angela Shah, Xconomy, Moderator
Anurag Agarwal, Osage Partners, Rajiv Bala, S3 Ventures
David Schubert, Accelerator Corporation
Jorge Ramirez, H.I.G. BioHealth Partners
3:30 – 4:00pm 101 and The Patent Eligibility of Life Science Inventions Tamsen Valoir, Boulware & Valoir
4:00 – 4:30pm Life Science Start-up Resources & Programs Provided by The Regions Institutions Paul Cherukuri, Institute for Biosciences and Bioengineering, Moderator
Michael Dilling, Baylor College of Medicine
Bruce Butler, UTHealth Science Center
Andrew Dennis, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Tong Sun, Houston Methodist Research Institute
Time Agenda Speaker(s) Location
5:00pm Award Presentations Most Promising Life Science Companies Award
Brad Burke, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

Michael E. DeBakey Life Science Award
Ann Tanabe, BioHouston
5:00 – 6:30pm Reception and Company Showcase   Exhibit Hall

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time Agenda Location
9:00 – 9:30am One on One Meeting Registration JLABS @ TMC, 2450 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX
9:30 – 10:00am Welcome and JLABS Tour
Tom Luby, JLABS @ TMC
10:00am – 12:00pm One on one meetings with companies and investors  
12:00 – 7:00pm TMCx Demo Day  


Comments from Attendees at Previous Texas Life Science Forums

"Coming from an academic lab, I was impressed by the innovative ideas by a lot of the attendees. In addition, I saw that biotech is quite active in the Houston area."

"I was introduced to investors and other entrepreneurs from the Houston area - many of which I never would have met organically following my own personal network."

"The quality of the people attending from all areas of biotech - academia, industry, financial - Well done."