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2017 Texas Life Science CEO Summit

February 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - March 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

The CEO Summit is THE must attend event for Life Science CEOs in the state of Texas. This is an intimate and exclusive two-day event with an agenda hand crafted by CEOs. Most importantly, this program provides a platform for CEOs from each region of the state to come together to network and exchange ideas in an informal setting.

Please note: Registration for this event is exclusively for CEOs of life science companies that are developing a product.


2017 Program Highlights


Jim Greenwood, President & CEO, BIO

Morris Miller, CEO, Xenex, Co-Founder and Past President & CEO of Rackspace

Tom Kowalski, President & CEO, THBI

Jamo Rubin, M.D., Founder & CEO, TAVHealth

Evan Smith, CEO & Co-Founder, The Texas Tribune

Round Table Discussions:

CPRIT Workshop — Mike Lang, CPRIT; Kristen Doyle, CPRIT; Erin Thomson, Vinson & Elkins (Moderator)

 The CPRIT Experience — Greg Stein, M.D., Curtana Pharmaceuticals (Moderator); Jon Northrup, Beta Cat Pharmaceuticals; Frank Tufaro, Ph.D., DNAtrix; Len Pagliaro, Siva Therapeutics

 DoD Funding and Collaboration Opportunities to Advance Your Technology — Rodney Chan, M.D., The Metis Foundation; Anders Carlsson, M.D. The Metis Foundation; George Peoples, M.D., Cancer Insight; Dan Hargrove, Cancer Insight

 Issues to Consider for Building a Great Team — Jeff Ashpitz, Strawn Arnold & Associates



5:30 PM Opening Cocktail Party



8:00 AM        Breakfast

8:30 AM        Welcome and Roll Call: Get to Know Your Fellow CEOs

9:00 AM        Morning Keynote: BIO “State of the Union” – Jim Greenwood, BIO

10:00 AM      Break

10:15 AM      2017 Healthcare Industry Outlook

11:00 AM      Social Determinants in the Delivery of Healthcare – Jamo Rubin, M.D., TAVHealth

12:00 PM      Lunch Keynote: The Serial Entrepreneur – Is it Just as Fun the Second Time Around? – Morris Miller, CEO, Xenex, Co-Founder and Past President & CEO of Rackspace 

1:00 PM        Break

1:30 PM        Round Table Discussions I

2:15 PM        Break

2:30 PM        Round Table Discussions II

3:30 PM        CEO-Only Discussion

6:00 PM        Cocktails, Dinner & Special Event



8:30 AM        Breakfast

9:00 AM        Legislative Outlook for 2017 Session – Tom Kowalski, THBI

10:00 AM      Ask the Veterans: Dos and Don’ts for Start Ups – Matt Winkler, Asuragen; Warren Lau, Nexus BioPharma; Upendra Marathi, Ph.D., 7 Hills Pharma; Neil Warma, Opexa Therapeutics (Moderator)

11:00 AM       Keynote: Political Landscape Post-Inauguration – Evan Smith, Texas Tribune

Lunch Sponsored By: Pillsbury

12:00 PM       Interactive Lunch and Debrief

1:00 PM         Depart


2017 Planning Committee:

Neil Warma (2017 Chair, Opexa Therapeutics)

Paul Lammers, M.D. (Mirna Therapeutics)

David Margrave

Dennis McWilliams (Apollo Endosurgery)

Ann Tanabe (BioHouston)



Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2018 CEO Summit.  Connect with an intimate group of Texas Life Science CEOs.  Your support affords your firm the opportunity to be in the spotlight as a sole sponsor in your category. Sponsorship with such personal exposure and so great potential ROI are few and far between.  Please contact Elizabeth Wellington at Elizabeth.wellington@biohouston.org for more details.


February 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
March 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
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