OCTOBER 25, 2023

The Future of Healthcare is Now
Wednesday, October 25, 2023

1:00-5:00 Fall Policy Summit

5:00-6:00 Reception

6:00-7:30 Luminary Awards Dinner

Stephen F. Austin Hotel
701 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

Join us for our annual Fall Policy Summit and Luminary Awards Dinner. The Summit will be a half day conference with discussions highlighting the innovative science being produced in Texas, the latest on groundbreaking medicine, and how Texas’s policy makers can support policies that expand and protect patient access to innovation and improve health and health programs. The event will also recognize industry leaders who have furthered innovation in Texas with the presentation of the annual Luminary Awards at a dinner following the Summit. The events will bring together members of the Texas Legislature and their staff, the Texas Congressional delegation members and their staff, state agency staff, patient groups, THBI members and life science industry professionals.    

2023 Luminary Awardees

Texas State Senator Royce West

Texas State Representative Angie Chen Button

Wayne Roberts, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

The Summit event is THBI’s main fundraising event each year. All dollars raised through the event are dedicated to furthering the public policy agendas for our member organizations, demonstrating the importance of strong policies, and growing the life sciences industry. For more information about the event, please contact Julia Perkins at julia@thbi.com.

Fall Policy Summit Agenda

Opening Remarks 
Victoria Ford, MPA, President and CEO, THBI

Growing the Next Generation of Innovation: Three Different Approaches

·                  Robert McClain, PhD, Associate Vice President, Research & Innovation, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

Ruben Rathnasingham, PhD, Executive Director, Texas Health CoLab, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin

Allison Rhines, PhD, Head, JLABS @ TMC

Moderator: Ashley Morgan, JD, Government Affairs, Erben & Yarbrough

Understanding the Future of Innovation: Advancements and Challenges


Hanna Zaghloul, Medical Scientist Liaison, US Medical Hematology, Bristol Myers Squibb
Tim Dall, Executive Director, Life Sciences Consulting, GlobalData Plc. (view Obesity’s Impact on Texas’ Economy and Labor Force Report)
Moderator: Victoria Ford, MPA, President and CEO, THBI

Protecting the Future of Innovation: Effective Public Policies


Joseph P. Hammang, PhD, Partner, Vital Transformation, LLC

Monica Watson, Vice President, Legal Head, Integrated Marketing Organization, Novartis

Moderator: Jesse Lewis, Director, State Government Affairs, Bristol Myers Squibb

Luminary Awards Dinner

Keynote Address

Ross Ramsey, Co-founder and Former Executive Editor of The Texas Tribune

2023 Awards Presentation 

Texas State Senator Royce West

Texas State Representative Angie Chen Button

Wayne Roberts, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, presented by The Honorable John Zerwas, MD