Tuesday, April 2, 2024
9:00am-9:45am - Registration and Expo

9:45am-5:00pm - Conference

5:00-6:00pm - Industry Reception and Expo

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
700 San Jacinto, E 8th St
Austin, TX 78701

THBI is calling on all life sciences industry professionals to join us for a first-of-its-kind statewide industry-focused event. The Texas Life Sciences Summit will bring together state leaders, life sciences companies, economic development organizations, academic institutions, and service providers that support the ecosystem. The summit will be an interactive opportunity to discuss workforce issues and commercialization efforts and make plans for future growth of the industry. The agenda will cover important topics to promote Texas more effectively, increase awareness of the strong workforce in Texas, and help Texas-based life science companies find tools and resources to assist with their efforts to get to the marketplace. 

The one-day conference will include panel discussions, company expo, industry partnership meetings, and an industry networking reception.  This unique gathering of the industry will bring together all of Texas’s bio clusters to network and encourage collaboration.

We invite you to participate in the event as a sponsor. View the sponsorship opportunities to learn how you can be a part of Texas' premier life science event.

Ticket registration is open! THBI is offering a special Early Bird Registration rate through March 1.

For questions or for more information about the event, please contact Julia Perkins at julia@thbi.com.

Expo at the Texas Life Sciences Summit

Texas Life Sciences Summit Agenda

Growing Texas’ Life Sciences Workforce

Victoria Ford, President and CEO, THBI

Linnea Fletcher, PhD, Biotechnology Department Chair, Austin Community College and Director, InnovATEBIO National Biotechnology Education Center

Surviving the Valley of Death

Kristen Doyle, Deputy Executive Officer and General Counsel, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)

Kirk J. Macolini, Founder, President, & Principal Consultant, InteliSpark, LLC 

Marcus Nelson, Vice President of Strategy and New Ventures, Texas Medical Center

Omid Veiseh, PhD, Associate Professor, CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research and Director of Rice Biotechnology Launch Pad

Moderated by Dan Hargrove, JD, LLM, Founder, Texas BioTech Ventures, LLC


Lunch, Networking and Expo

Industry Partnership Collaboration Meetings

Workforce Partners Meeting: Facilitated by Linnea Fletcher, PhD, Austin Community College/InnovATEBIO

Economic Development Partners Meeting: Facilitated by Victoria Ford, THBI

Guest Speaker: Aaron Demerson, President and CEO, Texas Economic Development Corporation

Preparing for the Future- Industry Forecast

Robert Coughlin, Managing Director of Life Science and Healthcare, JLL

Bob Lenich, Business Director, Industrial Software, Emerson Automation Solutions

Patrick Pace, MD, Managing Director, UTIMCO

Ferran Prat, Senior Vice President for Research Administration and Industry Relations, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Moderated by: Victoria Ford, THBI

Fireside Chat- How Texas is Working to Improve the Workforce and Technology Transfer

Commissioner Harrison Keller, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Commissioner Joe Esparza, Texas Workforce Commission

Moderated by: Eric Danielson, Managing Director, Real Estate Development, NexPoint

Closing Keynote- The State of Economic Development in Texas

Adriana Cruz, Executive Director, Economic Development and Tourism, Office of Governor Greg Abbott

Industry Reception, Networking and Expo


                                                                                Summit Co-Host                                                                                           Presenting Sponsor

Exhibiting Companies