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Life science experts to converge at UTA for bionorthTX third annual iC3 Life Science Summit October 12th

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 • Media Contact: Louisa Kellie

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Duane Dios, UTA vice president for research

The North Texas region’s leading industry association for the life science and healthcare community, bionorthTX, today announced its third annual Life Science Summit will take place on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at The University of Texas at Arlington. The summit will feature presentations from top industry, community and education leaders.

 “The second annual summit last September was a great success with more than 400 area leaders in attendance,” said Duane Dimos, bionorthTX board member and UTA vice president for research. “With such a phenomenal list of speakers and healthcare industry authorities, we believe this year will be equally successful.  We are honored to be the host organization again.”

The summit will begin with opening remarks from UTA President Vistasp Karbhari, followed by a panel called “The Future of Healthcare and the Impact of New Technology,” with Thomas R. Kowalski of the Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute, Tom Luby, head of JLabs @ TMC in Houston, and Dr. Stuart Flynn, dean of the TCU and UNT Health Science Center M.D. school in Fort Worth.

Eric Olson, director of the Hamon Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine and chair of Molecular Biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center will deliver the lunch address.

Featured again this year will be the presentation of the annual Dennis K. Stone Life Science Achievement Award by Dr. Helen Hobbs., investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular Genetics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. 

“We are proud to announce this year’s recipient is Lyda Hill. When I notified Ms. Hill’s office about her selection, the response was, ‘She is thrilled,’” said Terry Foster, CEO of bionorthTX.   “On behalf of bionorthTX, we recognize the significant and positive impact that Ms. Hill has on the life sciences and on improvement of health care.  Her unselfish pursuit of improving quality of life is a model for all of us.”

Throughout the day, leading industry company executives will discuss topics such as Innovation to Commercialization, Innovation to Collaboration and Partnering, Innovation to Capital, Innovation to Communication, Retaining, Re-Engaging, and Re-investing Talent, and Texas Innovation. Closing remarks will be made by state Rep. Rodney Anderson, R-Grand Prairie, and Dimos.

Other presenters include:

Aliya Khan, Director of Talent Management, Galderma

Danielle O’Neill, Life Science Team Lead Texas, Kelly Scientific

Dennis Cagen, Principal, Caganco, Inc.

Frank Rosinia, M.D., Chief Quality Officer, JPS

Hadden Connor, CEO, Nacuity Pharmaceuticals

Ignacio Nunez, M.D., GYN ABOG Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chairman, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees

Jay Hamilton, President and CEO, Presage Solutions

Jon Weidanz, Ph.D., UTA associate vice president for research and Co-Founder/Chief Scientist of
Abexxa Biologics

Kevin Nelson, Ph.D., Founder and CSO, TissueGen

Melissa Acosta, Ph.D., Director, Office of Clinical Research, JPS Healthcare

Michael Torres, Ph.D., Director of Biology & Co-founder, ReCode Therapuetics

Natalie Lundsteen, Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development and Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Paul Herchman, Board Member, Investor, Founder of Thermi, Chain Officer at Baylor Scott & White Health 


The summit also will feature exhibits from industry supporters and suppliers along with networking during the breaks.  Visit to register.