Heart Health and Public Policy

Legislative Breakfast Briefing

Friday, February 10, 2023 at the Texas Capitol

Sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb and Novartis

THBI and the American Heart Association host a breakfast briefing recognizing February as Heart Health Month. Be a part of the fight to stop preventable heart disease and stroke, the number one and number three causes of death in Texas.

Through strong public policy, we can prevent disease and provide treatment options to save lives and reduce costs to the state and to patients and their families. Learn more about Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which affects an estimated 146.800 Texans, and Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), the underlying cause of 85% of heart attack and stroke-related deaths.

THBI and speakers share current innovations to treat and prevent heart disease and the public policy efforts that will improve the lives of Texans.

Guest Speakers:

Jonathan Ginns, MD, Cardiovascular Disease, Austin Heart

Alec Puente, Texas Government Relations Director, American Heart Association

Rush Roberts, Patient Advocate, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association

The Future of Medicine

Legislative Briefing and Reception

Thursday, January 19. 2023 at the Austin Club

Sponsored by BioMarin, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Bristol Myers Squibb, Genentech, Sarepta and Ultragenyx

Innovation is modernizing health care options for many illnesses and modified based on a person’s genes is changing patient health outcomes. Known as precision medicine, these personalized treatments are the future of medicine.


THBI and guest speakers share the latest advancements in treatment, medicine and prevention, and how policy makers can support access to innovation and better the lives of Texans. Thank you to everyone who attended. 

Guest Speakers:

Steven Gray, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Kristina Julich, MD, Department of Neurology, The University of Texas Dell Medical School

Luisa Leal, CEO/Founder, Akari Foundation