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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | Washington State Convention Center 



All Day Sessions


Poster Sessions

1:1 Meetings


Conference Kickoff


Registration Opens: 7:00 AM


Breakfast Buffet: 7-8:00 AM


Welcome & Keynote: 8:00 AM


Welcome: Caitlin Cameron, CEO, OtoNexus Medical Technologies and Vice Chair, Life Science Washington, Leslie Alexandre, DrPH, President & CEO, Life Science Washington                                   


Introduction: Lewis Coughlin, Consul & Trade Commissioner,  Consulate General of Canada          


Keynote Address: Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft                                                


Panel: Brendan Byrne, MD, TELUS Health, Christiana DelloRusso, PhD, Partner, Providence Ventures, Michael Gallatin, PhD, Frazier Healthcare Partners



Morning Sessions



Podium Presentations: 9:30-11:55 AM. See full schedule here. 



Smashing Silos: Unlocking Data to Open Collaboration in Healthcare and Research: 10:15 AM 


Moderator: Jane Roskams, PhD, The University of British Columbia

Speakers: David Sherman, PhD, Center for Infectious Disease Research, Tyrone Grandison, PhD, University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Lara Mangravite, PhD, Sage Bionetworks, Harlan Robins, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Saara Romu, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Researchers in life sciences and healthcare generate and collect vast amounts of data in the pursuit of ambitious goals such as making life saving discoveries or improving patient care. Importantly, these data can also have value beyond the initial goal for which they were collected, and considering the high cost of life science research there are clear benefits to leveraging the information as much as possible. The high density of healthcare providers, healthcare services, and research institutions in the Pacific Northwest might suggest that opportunities for synergistic collaboration abound, yet anyone who has attempted such collaborations will lament the challenges of collecting, organizing, and integrating data from within a single institution, let alone multiple organizations. 


Lunch Session


Lunch: 11:45 AM


The New Federal Landscape: 21st Century Cures, New Administration Priorities, and the 115th Congress: 12:15 PM


Moderator: Marc Cummings, Life Science Washington

Speakers: Clayton Hall, Medical Device Manufacturers Association, Remy L. Brim, Ph.D. Senior FDA Policy Advisor for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Ranking Member Senator Patty Murray

The next few years will bring a significant shift in federal policy. The United States has a new Republican President along with a Republican-controlled Congress, and leadership changes at all levels of the federal agencies.  This panel will focus on evolving policy changes and the potential downstream effects on the life sciences sector.  


Afternoon Sessions


Podium Presentations: 1:45-4:00 PM. See full schedule here. 


Digital Health: Changing Health Behaviors One App at a Time: 1:45 PM


Moderator: David Lischner, ValantMed; 

Speakers:  Patricia Areán, PhD, University of Washington, Bryan Foster, Litesprite, Brandon Masterson, 2Morrow, Daniel Penn, Shift Health

The digital health space can be a driver for better health and wellness for the nation, and Seattle—with strong retail and consumer-focused companies—is poised to bring a uniquely innovative spirit to this sector of health care. Increasing access, driving efficiency, supporting wellness—these represent only a part of the promise of this space. Join our distinguished panel for a discussion of an area of digital health that is beginning to generate more traction—behavioral health. 



Precision Medicine: A Global Perspective on the Right Care at the Right Time: 3:15 PM


Moderator: Brad Gray, NanoString Technologies


Speakers: Richard Barker, PhD, New Medicine Partners, Gonzalo Domingo, PhD, PATH, Harlan Robins, PhD, Adaptive Biotechnologies, Gerrit van Roekel, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Within the world’s wealthiest nations, a precision medicine revolution is underway to use advanced diagnostic technologies to ensure each patient gets the right therapy at the right time.  In other regions around the globe, innovative technologies are being used to ensuring access to healthcare.  How will precision medicine technologies help improve the lives of patients in these different healthcare environments?



Life Science Fast Pitch Showdown: 4:30 PM


Moderator: Christiana DelloRusso, PhD, Providence Ventures 


JudgesPatricia Beckmann, PhD, Life Science Washington, Alice Chen, PhD, Accelerator Corporation, Loretta Little, WRF Capital,  Zach Jonasson, Phoenix Venture Partners



Life Science Innovation Northwest Industry Reception: 5:30 PM






Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | Washington State Convention Center 


All Day Sessions


Poster Sessions

1:1 Meetings 


Day 2 Kickoff 


Registration: 7:30 AM

Hot Breakfast Buffet & Networking: 7:30-9:00 AM

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Student Breakfast & Networking 7:30 AM 



Morning Sessions



Evolving Strategies for Early Stage Companies Building and Investing: 9:00 AM


Moderator: Rita Wang, Piper Jaffrey Healthcare Investment Banking


Speakers: Peter Bisgaard, Novo Ventures, Jerel Davis, PhD, Versant Ventures , Thong Le, Accelerator Corporation, Joshua Resnick, MD, SV Health Investors, Mostafa Ronagi, PhD, Illumina, Julie Sunderland, Biomatics Capital 


Join us for a diverse investor panel as we gather critical insights into life science investment environment and emerging models. 



Antimicrobial Resistance - On the Precipice: 10:30 AM


Moderator: Dena Morris, Washington Global Health Alliance


Speakers: Douglas Call, PhD, Washington State University, Benjamin Park, MD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Akos Somoskovi, MD, PhD, DSc, Global Good Fund


It is estimated that nearly 23-thousand people die in the United States from antimicrobial resistant bacterial infections every year and another 2-million are infected. Globally there may be as many as 700,000 deaths annually. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now such a severe threat that the United Nations held a rare special session last year devoted to AMR, and the Centers for Disease Control is investing in a national infrastructure to detect, respond and contain infections in hospitals and clinics and in communities, as well as our food supply; in 2017 more antibiotics will be consumed by farm animals who end up as our food than by humans creating a double threat. This discussion will frame the challenge and explore the need and progress being made for development of next generation antibiotics, vaccines, and other therapeutics that are desperately needed.


Podium Presentations: 10:30 AM - 11:40 AM. See full schedule here. 


Lunch Session


Lunch: 11:45 AM 


Life Science Awards Ceremony  12:30-1:00 PM  



Afternoon Sessions


Podium Presentations: 1:15 PM - 2:50 PM. See full schedule here. 


Philanthrocapitalism: How Private Funding Can Advance Science: 1:45 PM


Moderator: Valerie Conn, Science Philanthropy Alliance

Speakers: Bill Cresko, PhD, University of Oregon, Thomas Skalak, PhD, Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, Lynda Stuart, MD, PhD, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Federal funding is important in moving science ahead, however government spending levels are likely to decrease over the next few years.  At the same time, more philanthropists are investing in science and “positive impact” work.  How does this trend help shape the scientific exploration and what role do private funders have in defining the most pressing problems?  This panel will feature speakers from several major organizations including the Gates Foundation, Paul Allen Frontiers Group, and the Science Philanthropy Alliance.






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