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Life Science Innovation Northwest 2018

Conference Schedule



Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | Washington State Convention Center 


All Day Sessions


Poster Sessions

1:1 Meetings


Conference Kickoff


Registration Opens: 7:00 AM


Hot Breakfast Buffet & Networking: 7:30 AM


Welcome & Keynote: 8:00 AM


Welcome: Caitlin Cameron, CEO, OtoNexus Medical Technologies and Board Chair, Life Science Washington, Dr. Leslie Alexandre, President & CEO, Life Science Washington    


Introduction: Rob Albert, Vice President, LabCorp 


Keynote Presentation by Dr. Rod Oskouian and Dr. Shane Tubbs, Seattle Science Foundation: 8:10 AM


Restoring Lives: How 3-D Mapping of the Spinal Cord Can Improve Patient Outcomes 

More than 1.4 million Americans are living with spinal cord injuries, the second leading cause of paralysis in the United States (after stroke).  These injuries cause tremendous disability and cost billions of dollars annually to treat. Today, when a person suffers a spinal cord injury, physicians focus on alleviating pain and stabilizing the bones around the damage. The spinal cord itself isn’t targeted since it’s considered irreparable. As such, most victims have little hope of ever walking again.


But what if that could change?  What if paralyzed patients could walk again? 

These are questions that drive Seattle Science Foundation clinicians and researchers, Dr. Rod Oskouian and Dr. Shane Tubbs, who have embarked on a bold 5-year, $15 million initiative to create a comprehensive 3-dimensional spinal cord atlas. 



Morning Sessions


Podium Presentations: 9:15-11:50 AM  See full podium schedule here.


Lunch Session


Lunch: 12:00 PM


Technology Partnerships: The Engine Driving Innovation in Life Sciences


The Pacific Northwest is home to an array of advanced technology companies. As research and development in life sciences becomes ever more data intensive, relationships with technology companies present a window of opportunity. Building a successful partnerships with traditional technology companies has the potential to accelerate innovation in the life sciences and healthcare.


Introduction: Scott Thielman, Founder & CTO, Product Creation Studio

Moderator: Matthew Trunnell, Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of the Hutch Data Commonwealth, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Panel members include: Patrick Combes, Worldwide Technical Leader for Healthcare & Life Sciences, Amazon Web Services, Skye Gilbert, Deputy Director, Digital Health Solutions, PATHNeal Myrick, Director, Tableau Foundation, and Dr. Robert Rallo, Group Manager - Data Sciences - Advanced Computing, Mathematics, and Data Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Afternoon Sessions


Podium Presentations: 1:10-2:20 PM  See full podium schedule here.


One Health: Human Health’s Intersection with Animals and Our Environment: 2:20 PM


Introduction: Stacey Murray, Region Director- Pacific Northwest, VWR International

Moderator: Dr. John Roll, Professor & Vice Dean for Research, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine; Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research, Washington State University, Dr. Virginia Emery, Founder & CEO, Beta Hatch, Dr. Kevin Murphy, Associate Professor, Specialty Crop Breeding and Agronomy, Sustainable Seed Systems Lab, Washington State University


One Health recognizes that the health of humans is connected to the health of animals and the environment. It involves applying a converging, coordinated, collaborative, multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach to address potential or existing risks that originate at any phase in the animal-human-biological ecosystem-built environment interface. This panel will discuss One Health concepts, including:

•   How agricultural practices influence human nutrition
•   How the built environment impacts human health, and
•   How many infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals


Podium Presentations: 3:20-4:05 PM   See full podium schedule here.

United States Senator Patty Murray
: 4:15 PM


U.S. Senator Patty Murray is a longtime advocate for Washington’s life science community. She currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Health, Education Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee as well as the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. This makes her one of the most influential people in Washington, DC on issues shaping the life science industry. She was awarded the 2017 BIO Legislator of the Year award by Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

Sen. Murray will be speaking about the transformational 21st Century Cures Act she helped steward
through the Senate in 2016. In addition to discussing the impact of this important legislation, Senator Murray will also discuss issues currently being considered by the HELP committee. 


Life Science Fast Pitch Showdown: 4:50 PM


Early stage companies will bring their A-game as they deliver a one-minute pitch to a panel of seasoned life science industry investors, entrepreneurs, and strategic partners. The judges' choice best pitch will receive a $5,000 cash prize from UW SEBA toward their startup endeavors. The audience choice best pitch will receive a $1,000 cash prize from Fenwick & West. Audience members - be sure to download the LSINW 2018 mobile app so you can vote live at this session! 


Moderator: Andrew Albertson, Partner, Fenwick & West


Judges: Dr. Patricia Beckmann, President & Executive Director, Life Science Washington Institute, Dr. Terri Butler, Assistant Director, Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge, WRF & ITHS Summer Commercialization Program, University of Washington, Dr. Will Canestraro, Managing Director, WRF Capital, Dr. Zach Jonasson, Managing General Partner, Phoenix Venture Partners



Life Science Innovation Northwest Industry Reception: 6:00 PM



Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | Washington State Convention Center 



All Day Sessions


Poster Sessions

1:1 Meetings 



Day 2 Kickoff 


Registration & Networking: 7:00 AM

Hot Breakfast Buffet: 7:30 AM

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Student Breakfast & Networking (by invitation only): 7:00 AM 

Morning Sessions

Delving into the Human Immune System’s “Memory”:
A closer look at the Adaptive Biotechnologies and Microsoft Partnership: 
8:30 AM


The human immune system is wondrous. In a constant state of flux, it adapts to myriad disease perturbations while simultaneously creating a “memory” of each invading pathogen for future reference and use. What if we could delve into this memory and get a comprehensive look into a person’s health history? What if we could detect the disease signals before the disease takes hold?


Join us for a fire-side conversation with Chad Robins, CEO, Adaptive, and Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft AI and Research, as they embark on a new partnership to translate genetic code into simple blood-based diagnostics, and how they hope to make the resulting information accessible to people around the world.


Moderator: Gary Gilliland, President and Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Speakers: Dr. Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President AI & Research, Microsoft and Chad Robins, CEO & Co-founder, Adaptive Biotechnologies



Internship Speed Networking: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Internship Speed networking allows life science companies and research institutions to meet one-on-one with a talented pool of student candidates in a well-organized and timed setting. Meet the next generation of life science leaders and build your talent pipeline today! 


Event Schedule

Speed Networking: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Open Networking and Follow-up: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Participating Companies: 

AGC Biologics 

AVM Biotechnology

Center for Infectious Disease Research

CuraCloud Corp
Format Health

Intellectual Ventures Laboratory
MedIntelliBase/The Next Phase

Monitor Mask 

Novo Nordisk 

ZymoGenetics, a Bristol-Myers Squibb Company


Podium Presentations: 9:25 AM - 11:00 AM  See full podium schedule here.

What’s New in Alzheimer’s and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases?: 11:00 AM


Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.and remains one of the biggest puzzles in the medical world. This devastating disease impacts millions of people across the globe.To date, efforts to address not only the symptoms but the root cause of the disease have been in vain with countless failures in clinic.What research and developments are in the horizon to combat Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases? This question evokes myriad answers and passionate discourse by researchers.


Moderator: Dr. Adrian Hobden, President & CEO, CereSpir


Speakers: Dr. John Hoekman, Co-founder & CSO, Impel NeuroPharma, and Dr. Leen Kawas, President & CEO, M3 Biotechnology


Lunch Session


Lunch: 12:00 PM 


Washington Life Science Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony 


Introduction: Matthew Trunnell, Chief Information Officer & Executive Director of the Hutch Data Commonwealth, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 

Special Guest: Christine Gregoire, CEO, Challenge Seattle and former Governor of Washington state


Ms. Gregoire’s life and career have centered on public service and advocating for those who don’t have a voice. She fought for the rights of abused children as assistant attorney general of Washington state. She took on big tobacco and won a landmark settlement as attorney general. She created the seminal Life Sciences Discovery Fund as governor to foster growth of the state’s life sciences sector and improve the health and economic wellbeing of its residents. 

Now, she leads the non-profit Challenge Seattle, a private sector initiative led by many of the region’s CEOs taking on the challenges that must be addressed to ensure our region continues to grow, transform, and thrive, while maintaining our quality of life. 


Afternoon Sessions


Life Science Venture Capital: National & State Perspectives: 1:15 PM


No stranger to investing in Washington state life science companies, panel moderator Deepa Pakianathan will set the tone for a stimulating conversation with her panelists about national and state trends in biotechnology, medical device and digital health/HIT investing, including how investors view life science opportunities in our state and our region.


Introduction: Andrew Serafini, Partner, Health & Life Sciences, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Moderator: Dr. Deepa Pakianathan, Managing Member, Delphi Ventures and Board Member, National Venture Capital Association

Speakers: Dr. Monica Beam, Alexandria Venture Investments,  Ron Howell, Washington Research FoundationDr. Zach Jonasson, Phoenix Venture Partners, and Dr. Tachi Yamada, Frazier Healthcare Partners

Adjourn 2:30 PM


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