Biotech Leaders Set Path for Growing the Industry in Tennessee at Annual Conference 

LST|CON, hosted by Life Science Tennessee, will be held November 15 in downtown Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. – Nearly 200 industry thought leaders, researchers and innovators from across the country will gather in downtown Nashville for Life Science Tennessee’s annual conference, LST|CON, on November 15 at the 21c Museum Hotel. LST|CON attendees will observe impactful panels, breakout sessions and live pitch competitions with industry startups.

This year’s speaker lineup demonstrates the far-ranging experience and expertise in the life science industry. From patent law to medical device sales to CEOs from major biotech companies, LST|CON speakers will cover every aspect of advancing the life sciences in Tennessee. Featured speakers include Stephen Ezell, Vice President of Global Innovation Policy at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF); Margaret Dolan, the new President & CEO of Launch Tennessee; and members of the newly formed Life Science Caucus in the Tennessee General Assembly. Attendees will also hear from experts on building a life science workforce, the value of policy advocacy, forging an innovation-based economy and patent regulations as well as breakout sessions on genomics, medical device developments and biotechnology in agriculture.

“Tennessee’s concentration of bioscience and medical device manufacturing continues to exceed national levels,” said Ted Townsend, Board Chairman of Life Science Tennessee. “As our industry grows, we are excited to host experts across the country at LST|CON to learn about the ways we can expand our research footprint, strengthen our biotech workforce, attract more life science companies and contribute to the economic vitality of our state.”

New to the one-day program this year is the addition of the Life Science Venture Forum. The Venture Forum is a unique pitch competition specifically designed to offer exposure, networking, investment opportunities and valuable feedback to early-stage companies across life science sectors. Conference goers will have the opportunity to watch the startups square off in 15-minute pitches to investors for the chance to win $5,000 in prize money courtesy of Waller Landen Dortch & Davis.

“We’re thrilled to add the Venture Forum to our programming for LST|CON this year,” said Abby Trotter, Executive Director of LST. “The Venture Forum is a great display of all that we do at Life Science Tennessee. It showcases the next great innovations while also demonstrating the expertise of our mentors and industry leaders. As we consider ways to grow the industry in the state, supporting entrepreneurs is central to this mission.”

Tickets for LST|CON are available for purchase at LST member tickets are available for $225, non-member tickets for $325 and Academic Alliance member tickets for $99.

About Life Science Tennessee

Life Science Tennessee is a statewide, nonprofit, member organization whose mission is to advance and grow the life science industry in Tennessee through advocacy, partnerships and alignment with economic and workforce development. Members include companies, universities, research institutions, government and economic development groups, and other industry associations involved in discovery and application of life sciences products and related services that improve the health and well-being of people throughout the world. LST conducts business and economic development activities; advocates on behalf of the industry; educates the public about the benefits of life sciences research and product development; and provides a network for the exchange of ideas, information and opportunities.