Arizona BioPreneur Conference set for Oct. 21-22

October 15, 2020

By brianpowell

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The Arizona BioPreneur Conference will feature two days of high-profile keynote speakers, educational sessions, a pitch competition, and opportunities for networking.

The free virtual event for bioscience entrepreneurs, investors, resource providers, and supporters will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. both Oct. 21 and Oct. 22.

Registration is now available.

The second annual conference, presented by the Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee and Flinn Foundation, will feature topics on investment and international investment, leadership, the Food and Drug Administration regulatory process, and learning from others. The event will be moderated by Arizona Rep. Daniel Hernandez, Jr.

The conference agenda:

Wednesday, Oct. 21 (1-5 p.m.)

Welcome: “How the National Science Foundation Can Help You,” Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, Ph.D., Director, National Science Foundation

Opening Keynote: “Our World Needs its Bioscience Entrepreneurs More than Ever,” Victor W. Hwang, Founder and CEO, Right to Start

Session 1: “FDA & Regulatory: The Right Pathways for Your Product,”  Randy Hoffmann, RS Ness; Hernan Lopez, GT Medical; Michelle Lott, Lean RAQA

Session 2: “Leadership: Building a Team That Won’t Sink Your Startup,” Vivek Kopparthi, NeoLight; Matt Likens, GT Medical; Colleen Ziegler, bioSyntagma

Concluding Keynote: “Getting Honest about the Hard Parts,” Matt Munson, CEO and Executive Coach, Sanity Labs

Speaker Bios

Thursday, Oct. 22 (1-5 p.m.)

Opening Plenary: “Finding Funding Abroad: A Fireside Chat to Address International Investments,” Jerry Gibson, Venclose; Russ Yelton, Yelton and Associates

Panel Discussion: “International Investments,” Jerry Gibson, Venclose; Mike Patterson, Spencer Fane; Thomas Tombler, NanoPin Technologies

Concurrent Sessions:

  • “Variables in Investing: Know What You’re Getting Into,” James Goulka, Arizona Tech Investors; Cathleen Walker, Golden Seeds
  • “Road Blocks: Why Deals Stall During the Vetting Process,” Ulya Khan, Golden Seeds; Mike Sember, Desert Angels
  • “Angel Investment in Biosciences: Understanding Risk and Opportunity,” Mara Babin, Golden Seeds; Mitzi Krockover, M.D., Golden Seeds

​Pitch Competition: “You Be the Judge!” — Featuring AdviNOW Medical,, and Emagine Solutions Technology

Speaker Bios

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