From physician innovators to tech transfer directors, from aspiring young students and recovering patients to the industry’s executive leadership and beyond, the 2019 Georgia Bio Innovation Summit will provide a comprehensive view of the life sciences in Georgia in one value-packed day.

Did you know, according to AdvaMed, Fortune 500 companies with more than three women on the Board have 66% higher return on invested capital and a 42% higher return on sales?

Given those statistics, to ensure we hear directly from the voice of the patient, and to build awareness among aspiring young women for what is attainable in our growing industry, we have intentionally stacked our presenting faculty with women leading the state’s life science sector and will continue to add others in the coming days. Confirmed to date are:

  • Sharon Ayd, CEO, Ayd Biopharma Consulting Group
  • Amy Baxter, CEO and Chief Medical Officer, Pain Care Labs
  • Christina Brown-Marshall, Principal, Fish & Richardson
  • Heather Creran, CEO/President/COO – Healthcare Sector
  • Sherry Farrugia, Chief Operating and Strategic Officer, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Technology Center at Georgia Tech
  • Patty Fritz, Georgia BIO Chair, VP, US Corporate Affairs, UCB Pharmaceuticals
  • Angela Fusaro, Founder & CEO, Physician 360
  • Ananya Ganesh, Senior, The Westminster School
  • Grace Gowda, Director, International Biomedical Regulatory Program, University of Georgia
  • Maital Guttman, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, McKinsey & Company, North America
  • Karla Kiriako, Director, State Government Relations, U.S. Corporate Affairs, Sanofi
  • Susan Kushins, Senior Director, Strategy and Portfolio Management, Medtronic
  • Leslie Lemke-Boutcher, Drug Development Leader – North American Lead, Covance Drug Development
  • Jodi Lott, Georgia House of Representatives
  • Kallarin Mackey, Assistant VP State Affairs, Emory University
  • Ava Meisner, Sophomore, Chamblee High School
  • Jayne Morgan, MD, Director of Innovation Research and Development, Piedmont Hospital
  • Emily Morris, Founder & CEO, Emrgy, Inc.
  • Kalee Polk, 8th grade student, Mason Creek Middle School
  • Alice Pomponio, Advisor, Red Sky Partners; Founder & Managing Director, Accendo
  • Kim Seals, General Partner, The JumpFund
  • Annabel Singer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University School of Medicine 
  • Gayathri Srinivasan, Executive Director, Office of Corporate Relations, Emory University
  • Anne Stefurak, Global VP, Health Economics and Reimbursement, Avanos Medical
  • Emily Thompson, Associate Process Engineer, CRB
  • Erika Tyburski, Founder & President, Sanguina
  • Nicole Walker, Partner, Baird Venture Capital
  • Leanne West, Principal Research Scientist and Chief Engineer of Pediatric Technologies, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Technology Center at Georgia Tech
  • Amy Williams, Associate Director, Marketing, Halyard Health
  • Tiffany Wilson, CEO, GCMI
  • Maci Yeager, Junior, Chamblee High School

You can find the most current list of confirmed speakers here. You may also want to add “Women Leading Patient Empowerment,” part of the Future of Georgia Track to your calendar on October 8 at 9:30 a.m as well as “The Importance of the Pediatric Voice in Healthcare” at 3:30 p.m.

“We are entirely confident the 2019 edition of the Georgia Bio Innovation Summit will be of high value for any and all with an interest in Georgia’s life science community,” says Georgia BIO President and CEO Maria Thacker-Goethe. “We are also proud to announce that Georgia BIO will be the first BIO affiliate to hear from both the organization’s Board and Health Sector Chair Jeremy Levin and Vice Chair Paul Hastings in person together during the luncheon keynote.”

Register today.