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November 8, 2018

The Premier Life Science Conference in Texas


Thursday, November 8, 2018

         Location: Main Auditorium
Time Agenda
8:30am Welcome

Ann Tanabe, BioHouston
Brad Burke, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship


Opening Keynote:  Baird Capital Places Bet on Texas Startup Ecosystem

Michael Liang, Ph.D., Baird Venture Partners


Morning Keynote: Capital Markets Outlook

Bill Kadel, Solebury Capital


Under the Microscope: A Closer Look at JLABS @ TMC

Tom Luby, Ph.D., JLABS @ TMC


Public Company Spotlight:  Lexicon Pharmaceuticals

Jeffrey Wade, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals


Networking Break (Exhibit Hall)


Company Presentations: Clinical Stage Companies

Beta Cat Pharmaceuticals; Nanospectra Biosciences; Esperance Pharmaceuticals; Agilvax ; Evaheart; Saranas ; Forbius; Simergent; Immatics US


Houston, We Have an Innovation District

Erik Halvorsen, Ph.D., TMCx
Tom Luby, Ph.D., JLABS @ TMC
Gina Luna, Houston Exponential
Gabriella Rowe, Station Houston
Larry Shaffer, Insperity


Now Trending: Corporate VCs, How They’re Different and What Benefits They Can Offer Start-ups

Scott Brun, M.D., AbbVie
Oliver Keown, GE Ventures
Roberto Roitz, Humana Ventures


Networking Lunch (Exhibit Hall)

COMPANY PRESENTATIONS | Location: Auditorium
Time Session

TMCx Company Spotlight
(Moderator: Gwen Ballentine, Ph.D., TMC Innovation)

AesculaTech; Amina Health ; AuriGen Medical ; Intelligent Implants; Odin Technologies; VerteCore

1:15pm Company Presentations:  Medical Devices

NERv Technology; Noninvasix; Entvantage Diagnostics; Life Warmer; Noleus Technologies; SafKan - Ear Care; OcciGuide; 206 Ortho; BioAesthetics; Adroit Surgical; Siva Therapeutics; D&P Bioinnovations; Zennea Forward Science; VenoStent; PolyVascular; CorInnova; Sana Health; Vax-Immune; Concure Oncology; Airway Medical Innovations


Company Presentations:  Other Medical Technologies

Volumetric; Harmonic Bionics; BioCapital Holdings


Networking Break (Exhibit Hall)


Company Presentations:  Therapeutics and Pharmaceuticals

Spitfire Pharma; Affigen; Gold Flex Life Sciences; Netnoids Rx Laboratories; Novelus Biotechnology; DiaStem; Cord Blood Plus; Theratome Bio; Stream Biomedical; Twister Biotech; Aviara Pharmaceuticals; Aperta Biosciences; K94 Discoveries; rHDL Technologies; Salarius Pharmaceuticals


Company Presentations:  Digital Health

Inpro Medical; BioLum Sciences; Pegwin; Patients We Share; BrainCheck; BreviTest Technologies; HealthTech Solutions (HTS)


Awards Presentations

10 Most Promising Life Science Companies
Presented by Susan Davenport, Greater Houston Partnership

Michael E. DeBakey Award
Presented by Ann Tanabe, BioHouston


Company Showcase and Cocktail Reception (Exhibit Hall)

FUNDING SYMPOSIUM | Location: Room 280
Time Session

Here’s The Deal: What All Entrepreneurs Should Know About Angel/Seed Financing

Adil Adi, Adi Family Office
Stephanie Campbell, Houston Angel Network
Samantha Lewis, GOOSE Society of Texas
Michael Love, TMCx Venture Fund
Rob Tucci, Texas Halo Fund


Grants or Payroll Tax Credit? Non-Dilutive Funding for Life Science Startups

Jacob Setterbo, Ph.D., HIREtech


VC Funding: How to Attract and Work with the Right VC Investors

Guillermo Borda, HX Venture Fund (moderator)
Greg Brown, M.D., Back Bay HealthCare Capital
Casey Cunningham, M.D., Santé Ventures
Tim Marx, Baird Capital
Mike Perry, M.D., BioScience Managers
Atul Varadhachary, Ph.D., Fannin Innovation Studio


Networking Lunch (Exhibit Hall)



Track 1: Room 280
Moderator: Meg Boulware, Boulware & Valoir
Track 2: Room 1003
Moderator: Ann Tanabe, BioHouston

Life Science Start-up Resources & Programs Provided by The Region’s Institutions

Paul Cherukuri, Ph.D., Rice University IBB
Michael Dilling, Ph.D., Baylor Licensing Group
Andrew Dennis, Ph.D., MD Anderson Cancer Center
Bruce Butler, Ph.D., UTHealth Science Center Houston
Tong Sun, Houston Methodist Research Institute

Navigating the Roadmap to IND

Varsin Archer, SwRI
Jeffrey Larson, Ph.D., DABT, Salarius Pharmaceuticals
Joe McDonough, SwRI


Clinical Trial Top 10 Pitfalls to Avoid

Jaye Thompson, Ph.D., Proxima Clinical Research
David Novotny, Proxima Clinical Research
David McWilliams, BioHouston
Nicholas Wharton, Medical Metrics Inc.

Top 5 Things an Entrepreneur Should Think About When Setting Up Their Accounting System

Danielle Supkis Cheek, PKF Texas


The Novel Tech Challenge: How Universities Can Harness Alumni, Faculty, and Industry to Accelerate Student Innovation and Technology Commercialization

Shafin Khan, Tulane University
Gregory Stein, Tulane University

Cybersecurity in the Boardroom: No Longer Just an IT Problem

Mike Liccardo, ShareVault
Brian Toglia, Galiot Insurance


Potholes Dodged and Lessons Learned: The Journey from Lab Bench to Clinic

David Arthur, Salarius Pharmaceuticals
Gretchen Miller Bowker, Pearl Pathways
John Lockwood, RAC, CQA, CSQE, Pearl Pathways

Best Practices for Anticipating IP Due Diligence

Carlyn Burton, Osha Liang LLP


Networking Break (Exhibit Hall)


Room 106

Artificial Intelligence in the Life Sciences: Separating Reality from Hype

Angela Wilkins, Ph.D., Mercury Data Science


Comments from Attendees at the 2017 Texas Life Science Forum

"TXLSF is the premier event for connecting companies, ideas, investors, and scientists!"

"This is a cannot miss event. All of the major players in Texas are there and are accessible on a personal basis."

"Plenary and company presenter sessions excellent - logistics good, timing excellent. Educational sessions I attended were very useful and interesting - and on appropriate topics."