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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

 MichBio Conference & Expo Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites


07:30 am | Leadership Breakfast (By Invitation Only)


 08:30 am | On-site Registration and Networking Continental Breakfast
Innovation Exhibit Hall - Kalamazoo Room


 09:30 am | Welcome and Opening Remarks
Stephen Rapundalo, PhD | President & CEO, MichBio
Arcadia Ballroom


 09:45 am | General Session: The New Paradigm in Healthcare

Moderator: Colin Zick | Partner, Foley Hoag LLP

Nick Evans | Vice President, Genesys Health

Hon. Joe Schwarz, MD | Former U.S. Representative, Grace Health

We can all accept the broad mandate to make healthcare better, more accessible, more efficient, and less expensive. However, there is no consensus regarding the means to accomplish these goals. Hear perspectives from industry leaders on the evolving healthcare delivery paradigm and what that means for patients, providers and innovators.


 10:30 am | Break


 10:45 am | General Session: Bioscience Innovation in Today's Capital Markets
Moderator: Stephen Rapundalp, PhD | President & CEO, MichBio

Terry-Ann Burrell | JPMorgan Investment Banking


With an explosion in consumerism and technology innovation, it seems that capital investment in bioscience companies should be booming. However, increased demands to demonstrate value in health care may best explain recent mixed trends like venture capital declines, volatile M&A and IPO markets, low to modest industry growth, economic uncertainty, and reform-driven pricing pressures. The question it raises: Where can bioscience startups and mid-market companies seek capital for business growth?


 11:15 am | Keynote: Top Trends in Digital Health
Alec Melkonian| SVP, Client Engagement, Klick Health


The convergence between technology and medicine is poised to have a profound effect on healthcare delivery. This doesn’t just mean telemedicine, wearable and connected devices, but diagnostics and therapeutics too. Hear about how the world of digital is harkening a new age in healthcare innovation.


 12:00 pm | Networking Lunch Buffet
Innovation Exhibit Hall - Kalamazoo Room


 01:30 pm | Digital Health Technology Showcase 1

Steve Hopkins | CEO, Curo

Lisa McLaughlin | Founder & CEO, Workit Health

AkkeNeel Talsma, PhD, RN, FAAN | Founder and CEO, Melius Outcomes

Prairies IV-V


The digital revolution continues to transform healthcare fundamentally. The critical question for pharmaceutical and medical technology companies is how to stay ahead of these changes. Hear industry representatives describe how pharma and medical device companies are leveraging digital health into all facets of the product life cycle, as well as re-imagining how they deliver health solutions and improve patient outcomes.


 01:30 pm | Business Growth Track Session: Pricing Wars: Value-Based Innovation for Better Health

 Speaker: Jeanne Haggerty | Senior Vice President, Federal Government Relations, BIO

Glens I-II


The bio-industry is facing challenging headwinds as governments and payers worldwide implement cost-control measures and health systems operate on ever tightening budgets. Healthcare delivery is moving rapidly toward quality and value-based pricing - “pay for performance.” Hear industry and healthcare experts talk about the evolving attitudes on pricing and what that will mean for regulations, policies and business growth.


 01:30 pm - 3:30 pm | College Session - Students & Faculty save on registration!

Moderator: Mary Anne Sydlik, PhD | Principal Research Associate, Western Michigan University

Andrea Gonzalez, PhD | Director, Zoetis

Dean Haan | Director, Regional Business Development, MPI Research

Laura McCormick, PhD | Founder, Brio Device

Catherine Stewart, PhD | Scientist, Kalexsyn


A session that features a panel of industry professionals who will provide guidance on how to plan

for a future career in Michigan’s bio-industry. A range of topics will be discussed including resuming building,

use of social media, how to network, requirements for technical, behavioral and leadership skillsets, and more.

Great Lakes I-II


 02:30 pm | Digital Health Technology Showcase 2

Jim Ten Brink, Vice President, Encoris

Sam Wang, MS, MD, Founder and CEO, Galileo MD

Christina York, Founder and CEO,  SpellBound

Prairies IV-V


Healthcare companies will present their cutting-edge technologies for changing the way diseases will be monitored and treated, patients more engaged, care all to better connect technology with health and well-being. Hear and see their transformational products-in-the-making and how the digital health revolution is playing out here in Michigan.


 02:30 pm | Business Growth Track Session: Leadership Imperative: Diversifying the Biosciences C-Suite

Stephanie Morley, DVM | COO, Zomedica

Glens I-II


The poor representation of women in significant leadership roles in the biosciences industry has rightfully become a front-and-center topic.  Join a dynamic panel of successful female leaders as they discuss their own career development, the challenges women face, how their organizations are addressing gender diversity, why actively recruiting women into leadership roles makes good business sense, and what more needs to be done as an industry to increase female representation in the executive ranks.


 03:30 am | Break


 03:45 pm | General Session: C-Suite Insights: State of the Bio-Industry, A Michigan View 

Moderator: Stephen Rapundalo, PhD, President and CEO, MichBio

Robert DeWit, PhD, President, MPI Research

Mark Gurney, PhD, President and CEO, Tetra Discovery Partners

Spencer Stiles, President, Stryker Instruments

Chris Williams, President and CEO, MedBio, Inc.

Arcadia Ballroom


The C-Suite Insights session features top leaders of Michigan’s bio-industry. These executives will discuss the most crucial issues facing the industry, drawing from personal observations and experiences across their fields and sectors. Attendees can expect to gain a deep understanding of the industry’s most pressing challenges and opportunities. Audience questions and dialogues are encouraged.


 04:30 pm | Awards Ceremony
Innovator of the Year: Timothy Cornell, MD, University of Michigan

'Good to Great': Neogen

Legislator of the Year: Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Senator, State of Michigan


 04:45 pm | Keynote - Healthcare Disrupted

Mark Freitas | Competitive Center of Excellence, Accenture Strategy


The global healthcare industry is undergoing a profound and fundamental shift to a focus on improving patient outcomes, their overall health, and a better value for the health system. Increasingly crossover from other industries into the healthcare market powered by digital technologies is broadening the definition of “care” and certainly its delivery. Experts will discuss their objectives, approaches, insights and lessons learned from the frontiers of healthcare technology innovation.


 05:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Evening Networking Reception  - 'Bio, Blues & BBQ'

Strolling BBQ dinner and live entertainment from Michigan-based blues band, Bull Halsey!

Innovation Exhibit Hall - Kalamazoo Room




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by delivering business-critical resources & bottom line savings
Building Networks
by connecting Michigan's bio-industry one member at a time
Growing Talent
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