LST|CON is a powerful gathering for members and industry leaders to share the latest ideas, innovations and policies pertaining to our industry. 

This one-day networking and educational event features industry experts and innovators that will provide you with updates on hot-button issues, as well as the knowledge and contacts you need to power your company and advance your technology.

November 15, 2018
21c Museum Hotel
Downtown Nashville



8:30 AM Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:30 AM 360 Advocacy: Benefits & Best Practices of Strategic Advocacy

With statehouses playing an increasingly larger role in driving health care policy, life science organizations that are able to foster effective relationships with patient advocate groups, clinical research organizations, the business community, and academia will be able to show policymakers the full picture of what is at stake when it comes to innovation. This panel discussion will feature patient advocates and life science professionals sharing insights and best practices to help you establish and improve your organization’s strategic advocacy.

  • Rachel Bright, Pfizer
  • Bob Crutchfield, American Cancer Society
  • Hannah Green, PhRMA
  • Maria Vimerding Moore, Avalon Hospice and breast cancer survivor
  • Rep. Cameron Sexton, Tennessee General Assembly
10:20 AM Along the Personalized Medicine Corridor

Tennessee’s concentration of institutions focused on precision medicine, including genomic research, clinical research, big data and blockchain technology, brings a wealth of opportunity to expand our knowledge and further utilize shared findings. These regional experts in genomic research and bioinformatics will review their core operations and set the stage for regional collaboration.

  • Dr. Joshua Denny, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Dr. Shawn Levy, HudsonAlpha
10:50 AM Morning Breakout Sessions

Building the Next Life Science Workforce

Life science stakeholders in Tennessee are actively working to bridge academia and industry to address critical gaps and create a pipeline of talent for our industry. This panel will discuss how diverse groups are working to arm the next generation with the vision, knowledge and skills they need to launch meaningful and productive life science careers while laying the foundation to continue to build our industry in Tennessee.

  • Dr. Lyle Ailshie, Tennessee Department of Education
  • Melissa Bunch, Lebanon High School
  • Dennis Grimaud, RED
  • Adam Hott, HudsonAlpha
  • Rep. Mark White, Tennessee General Assembly

Evaluating Our Assets: Attracting Life Science Companies to Tennessee

Tennessee is a great place to do business, and that includes life science. To achieve further growth we must market our state as a place for recruitment and expansion. An expert consultant in the expansion and relocation of life science companies, Mr. Steele will analyze Tennessee’s assets compared to other markets. This session will review our strengths and evaluate how to turn those into more jobs and investment in Tennessee’s life science industry.

  • Chris Steele, Investment Consulting Associates
  • Ted Townsend, LST Board Chairman; University of Memphis

Stay in Compliance: Regulatory Update Impacting the Life Sciences

The ever-evolving compliance and reimbursement nature of the life science industry requires executives to stay up to date on the most recent rulings and actions effecting our work. This panel will discuss recent regulatory developments and offer tips for navigating new risks, including by providing an overview of key decisions affecting patent law and drug and device litigation and the political environment.

  • Aaron Chaloner, Baker Donelson
  • Julie Lampley, Butler Snow
  • Jeffery Parrish, Waller
11:45 AM Networking Lunch & Life Science Caucus Member Recognition
12:30 PM Setting a Path for Tennessee: Innovative Ideas to Drive Growth

As a leader in global innovation policy, Stephen Ezell advises countries on policies that accelerate innovation and boost productivity to spur growth, opportunity and progress. Mr. Ezell’s presentation will focus on a host of issues at the intersection of technology innovation and public policy, including economic growth policies and methods for measuring innovation.

  • Stephen Ezell, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
1:15 PM State and Federal Policy Update
2:00 PM Life Science Tennessee Update and Voting
2:20 PM Afternoon Break
2:45 PM Afternoon Breakouts

Been There, Done That: Tips for Building Medical Device Companies

From idea to testing to funding, the development and commercialization of medical technologies requires a unique support structure in order to be successful. Hear from a diverse panel of experts, each at a different point on the road to commercialization, as they offer advice for building and scaling a medical device company. In addition to these voices, you’ll also gain the perspective of an investor to learn exactly what investors may be looking for and why they may or may not choose to invest in medical device companies.

  • James Bell, Medical Device Guru LLC
  • Vernon Hartdegen, Crossroad Extremity Systems
  • Steven King, Restore Medical Solutions
  • Esra Roan, SOMAVAC Medical Solutions
  • Tyler Whitmore, Mountain Group Partners

The AgTech Opportunity: What’s Happening Across Tennessee

Tennessee is quickly emerging as a hotbed for new innovation in agriculture biotechnology. This panel of AgTech entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem builders will discuss the landscape and emerging opportunities.

  • Brian Leckie, Tennessee Tech
  • Chandler Mazour, Indigo Agriculture
  • Pete Nelson, AgLaunch Initiative
  • Rob Readnour, Mountain Group Partners
3:30 PM Supporting Entrepreneurs in Tennessee: A Fireside Chat with Launch Tennessee

Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) is a public-private partnership that creates collaboration among entrepreneurs, the private sector, capital sources, institutions and government to offer entrepreneurs what they need to succeed and stay in Tennessee. In addition to supporting the Life Science Mentor Network, LaunchTN also manages the SBIR/STTR Matching Fund and other resources to support early-stage companies. Listen as Margaret Dolan, LaunchTN’s new President and CEO, sits down for a fireside chat with Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer at PYA, to discuss the organization’s strategic vision and her ideas for growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Tennessee and beyond.

  • Margaret Dolan, President & CEO, Launch Tennessee
  • Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA
4:00 PM Life Science Tennessee Venture Forum

The Venture Forum, sponsored by Waller Lasden Dortch & Davis and Igneous, is a unique pitch competition for Tennessee’s emerging life science startups specifically designed to offer exposure, networking, investment opportunities and valuable feedback to early-stage companies across life science sectors. This year, we’re excited to end our LST|CON programming with the Venture Forum and invite all attendees to watch the startups square off in 15-minute pitches to investors for the chance to win a prize.

  • Moderated by Hunter Rost, Waller
  • Venture Forum Judges
    • Bob Crutchfield, BrightEdge Ventures Fund, American Cancer Society
    • Eller Mallchok, JumpStart Foundry
    • Rob Readnour, Mountain Group Partners
  • Participating Companies:
    • Healing Innovations
    • Iono Pharma
    • Anytime Pediatrics
    • IDBiologics
    • Newton RFID
5:30 PM Cocktail Reception

Note: 30-minute mentoring sessions led by the Life Science Mentor Network available throughout the day