2022 Agenda

Wednesday, November 9

 Subject to change



7:00 am


8:10 am – Villard Ballroom

Welcome Back

  • Sara Jane Demy, Founder & CEO, Demy-Colton

8:20 am – Villard Ballroom

“Big Think” Plenary Session

Health and Policy: Strange (but Necessary) Bedfellows

9:30 am – Holmes I

Seed Financing: Value Creation, Laying the Foundation to Raise Money 


  • Anton Xavier, Director, Startup Life Science Banking, Silicon Valley Bank

9:30 am – Holmes II

Next Generation of Founder-Led Biotechs 


  • Dawn Bell, PharmD, Global Development Head, Strategic Partnerships, Novartis


  • Ashley Zehnder, CEO & Founder, Fauna Bio

10:30 am – Holmes I

New Diagnostics: Revolutionizing Care in Alzheimer’s 


  • Howard Fillit, MD, Founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer, Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation


  • Travis Bond, CEO, Altoida
  • Catherine Bornbaum, PhD, Head of Clinical Operations & Partnerships, RetiSpec
  • Kira Sheinerman, PhD, Co-Founder & Executive Director, DiamiR

10:30 am – Holmes II

Clinical Trials: An Evolving Force for Inclusion & Access 2030

CROs, therapeutic sponsors, and digital technologies combine forces to improve patient access, recruitment, diversity, and inclusion.


  • Derk Arts, MD, PhD, CEO & Founder, Castor
  • Jason Baumgartner, CEO & President, BEKHealth Corporation
  • Chris Benko, CEO, Koneksa

11:30 am – Holmes I

Aging & Longevity: Are Health Systems Prepared for the Tsunami


  • Phyllis Barkman Ferrell, Global Head, External Engagement for Alzheimer's disease & Neurodegeneration, Eli Lilly & Company; Executive-on-loan, Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative


  • Magda Baksh, MPH, AdventHealth, Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative Program Lead
  • Craig Ritchie, MD, Director Brain Health Scotland, Chair Scottish Dementia Research Consortium
  • Deanna Willis, MD, Interim Chair, Family Medicine; Family Medicine Professor of Primary Care and Population Health Research; Professor of Family Medicine, Indiana University

12:30 pm – Villard Ballroom

Food For Thought

Fireside Chat: Vision, Grit and the Impulse to Innovate; a discussion with Raphael Rakowski

Raphael Rakowski, Executive Chair, Chief Business Development Officer, Co-Founder, Medically Home

2:00 pm – Holmes I

Manufacturing: Plant-based Therapeutic Protein Platforms – The New Bioreactors


  • Susan Stipa, EVP, Public Relations, CGLife 


  • Chandresh Harjivan, President, Co-Founder & COO, SaponiQx
  • Barry Holtz, PhD, CSO, Phylloceuticals
  • Ravi Samavedam, Chief Innovation Officer, Azzur

3:00 pm – Holmes I

Virtual Reality, Psychedelics & Mental Health 


  • Yeji Lee, Healthcare Reporter, Business Insider


  • Georgia Mitsi, GM Mental Health & VR Solutions, Biogen
  • Greg Ryslik, PhD, SVP, Data Science, Machine Learning, & Digital Health Research , COMPASS Pathways

4:00 pm – Holmes I

Longevity: Insights Reshaping Expectations 


  • Dennis Purcell, Founder, Aisling Capital


  • Noah Davidsohn, PhD, Co-Founder & CSO, Rejuvenate Bio
  • Marco Quarta, PhD, CEO, Rubedo Life Sciences
  • Hanadie Yousef, PhD, CEO,  Juvena Therapeutics

5:00 pm – Villard Ballroom

A “Big Think” Plenary

In Summary


  • Simone Fishburn, PhD, Vice President & Editor in Chief, BioCentury

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