2024 Arizona BioPreneur Conference

Thriving in a Challenging Economy 

Friday, March 15, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

ASU Health Futures Center
6161 E. Mayo Blvd.

Join renowned national investors, entrepreneurs, analysts, and banking experts for an exclusive conference filled with learning and networking opportunities.

The conference will include keynote speakers and panels about these topics and more: 

  • The State of Risk Capital 
  • CEO and Investor Panel – How I Met my Mother Investor
  • Preparing for a Capital Raise 
  • Extend the Runway vs. Raise to Grow
  • Surviving the Economic Crisis and Achieving Liquidity
  • Life after Exit


There is no cost to attend the Arizona BioPreneur Conference. Your registration includes the all-day conference, plus a networking lunch and reception.


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 – 9:10 a.m.

  • Helen Goldstein, Attorney, Procopio (emcee)
  • Hon. Mayor Kate Gallego, City of Phoenix

9:10 – 10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote – “The State of Risk Capital”
  • Brandon Clark, Director, Life Science and Healthcare, HSBC
  • Introduced by Jerry Gibson, Chairman and CEO, Venclose Inc.

10:00 – 10:20 a.m.


10:20 – 11:10 a.m.

CEO and Investor Panel – “How I Met my Mother Investor”
  • Moderator:
    • James Bates, Founder, CEO and Chairman, AdviNow Medical 
  • Panelists:
    • Tripp Shannon, Angel Investor
    • Richard Austin, CEO, Reglagene
    • Heidi Jannenga, Angel Investor
    • Elsa Abruzzo, CEO, Anuncia Medical
    • Joan Koerber-Walker, Angel Investor

11:10 – 11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m.– 12:20 p.m.

“Preparing for a Capital Raise”
  • Fireside Chat with:
    • Donald Laughlin, President and CEO, White Mountain Economic Development and Managing Director, EDGY
    • Roger Rappoport, Partner, Procopio

12:20 – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

Panel – “Extend the Runway vs. Raise to Grow”
  • Moderator:
    • Janelle Goulard, Partner, Pangaea Ventures
  • Panelists:
    • Vikram Chaudhery, Ph.D., Partner, Genoa Ventures & Co-founder, General Inception
    • Azin Radsan van Alebeek, Co-founder and General Partner, Emmeline Ventures
    • Ned Scheetz, Founder and Managing Partner, Aphelion Capital
    • Rik Vandevenne, Managing Director, RC Capital

1:50 – 2:10 p.m.


2:10 – 3:00 p.m.

“Surviving the Economic Crisis and Achieving Liquidity”
  • Fireside Chat with:
    • Jerry Gibson, Chairman and CEO, Venclose Inc.
    • Rakesh Mehta, Partner at Centerview Partners 

3:00 – 3:20 p.m.


3:20 – 3:50 p.m.

Panel – “Life after Exit”
  • Moderator:
    • Chris Yoo, General Partner and Managing Director, Xcellerant Ventures
  • Panelists:
    • Scott MacDonald, Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor, UBS Private Wealth Management
    • Additional panelists to be named

3:50 – 4:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote Speaker
  • John Shufeldt, M.D., J.D., MBA, FACEP, Medical Entrepreneur; General Partner, Managing Director, Xcellerant Ventures

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception


Nearby hotels include:


Contact Wiley Larsen, Flinn Foundation Program Manager, Translational Bioscience and Entrepreneurship, at wlarsen@flinn.org.

Hosted by

Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee and the Flinn Foundation.

Sponsored by