Tying it all together for start up success
Alan Nelson is heading the Predictive Health Analytics Initiative that aims to change the paradigm in healthcare from treating late stage disease to early diagnosis and preventive therapies that are cost-effective. He served as the Executive Director of the Biodesign Institute at ASU and holds professorships in Bioengineering and physics. He is the founder and CEO of three companies, the most recent being VisionGate, the innovator of the LuCED lung cancer early detection test. VisionGate was awarded the start-up of the year award at the recent Governors’ celebration of innovation. Alan has a PhD in Biophysics from Berkeley, holds 66 issued patents, and has published over 100 scholarly papers in biomedical imaging.
David S Alberts AZBio Pioneer
Partnering with the FDA
Michelle Ann Wells, RAC works in Regulatory Affairs at WL GORE and has
spent her career navigating the maze known as the FDA.
Her 20 year career includes working on the regulatory teams of Schein (Steris/Watson), Zila, The Tech Group, Bard (Impra), Medicis, and Regulatory Compliance Consulting Services. Outside of Arizona, Michelle has worked with Proctor & Gamble, Dey (Mylan), Inale (Nektar), and Pfizer.
The Greener Side of Bio
AZBio Board Chair and Co-Founder of Algae Biosciences, Glen Galster, moderates this panel discussion on the state of Arizona's green bio industry amd whwere it's going with Leif P. Christoffersen, Director of Biomass Integration, Yulex Corporation. Leif is responsible for advancing Yulex’s energy, efficiency and biomass initiatives. Prior to Yulex, Christoffersen played a key role in establishing the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation (EOWBF) with whom he maintains an active advisory role. He also spent over five years at the Diversa Corporation (Verenium Corporation and BP Biofuels), where he managed bioprospecting collaborations, as well as managed Diversa’s grants program, coordinated their scientific advisory board, and supported their international business development efforts. Christoffersen has also served as a climate change adviser to the Executive Director of UNEP at COP1 and COP2 of the Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC). At the start of his career, he worked with subsistence farmers in Costa Rica and Kenya to support and promote agroforestry practices, which included setting up exportation of organic produce. Christoffersen holds a degree from Hobart College (BA, Economics) and the University of California, San Diego (MBA, Rady School of Management).
Ben Cloud, President and CEO, Phyco Biosciences, Inc., brings over 30 years of experience as a farmer and farmland developer with operations in Arizona and Southern California. His significant experience in production agriculture including drip-micro irrigation systems and design, cropping systems, processing and marketing have contributed to the development of the Phyco production platform and business approach (To learn more, click here.) and
Josh Hottenstein of the Cleantech Open
Jennifer Kehlet Barton, PhD, 2012 Bioscience Educator of the Year
Jennifer Kehlet Barton, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research and Professor, Biomedical Engineering at The University of Arizona was named the 2012 Michael A. Cusanovich Bioscience Educator of the Year by the Arizona Bioindustry Association.
Dr. Barton was nominated by students, past and present with supporting nominations by her co-workers, and selected for this honor by an independent panel of judges from across the state of Arizona for her contributions to all aspects of bioscience education. They include her skill as a course instructor, her compassion and patience as a mentor and adviser to undergraduate and graduate students, her strategic leadership in creating a learning environment and career path for students via her development and leadership of the UA Biomedical Engineering Programs, her recent role as Assistant Director of the BIO5 Institute, and her participation with industry in a broad range of industry association and community groups.
Brain State Technologies - AZ Bio Company of the Year | 2012 Finalist
Brain State Technologies has a mission statement that is three words: To Help People. The corporate headquarters is based in Scottsdale, AZ and has nearly 200 providers in 18 countries that have helped over 50,000 people.
Lee Gerdes is the Founder and CEO of Brain State Technologies® and the creator of the breakthrough neuro-technology Brainwave Optimization with Real-Time Balancing™, which helps people of all ages and conditions to overcome cognitive, emotional, and physical challenges and is transforming and likely saving lives all over the world. The firm and its process have been featured on ABC, FOX, CBS, OWN, People, The New York Times, USA Today, PARADE, The Arizona Republic, BrainWorld, Frontiers in Neuroscience, and more. Brain State offers a non-invasive process versus using drugs or surgery for a wide range of applications to overcome cognitive, emotional, and physical challenges including sleep disorders, alcoholism, meth addition, and PTSD. Their work has resulted in the largest relational database of brain patterns on planet Earth. Brain State’s patent-pending procedure compares over 48,000 brain frequencies and its patented Relational Sound (Wave Aid) program provides for ongoing process support. Committed to serving our veterans, the company offers pro bono services to soldiers with debilitating symptoms of PTSD.
Scottsdale Cure Corridor - Insights from Mayor Jim Lane of Scottsdale
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane introduces the Cure Corridor. (Introduction by Tom Sadvary, President and CEO,of Scottsdale Healthcare.)