Maine BIT Conference 2023 Agenda


October 17

Innovations in Research and Medicine

8:00 a.m.                     Registration and breakfast

8:45 a.m.                     Welcome and introductions
LuAnn Ballesteros, Vice President, External and Government Affairs, The Jackson Laboratory

9:00 a.m.                     Translational medicine: Innovations in cancer treatment in Maine
Jens Rueter, M.D., Chief Medical Officer/Medical Director, Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative, The Jackson Laboratory

Panel discussion
Moderator: Leah Graham, Ph.D., Associate Director, Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative

  • Leslie Bradford, M.D., Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology, Maine Medical Partners
  • Steve Diaz, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, MaineGeneral Health
  • Regen Gallagher, D.O., Chief Medical Officer, Cary Medical Center
  • Sarah Sinclair, D.O., Medical Director, Northern Light/EMMC Cancer Care
  • Elena Vagia, M.D., Hematology/Oncology, Pines Health Services

10:15 a.m.                   Break

10:30 a.m.                   Biological basis of addiction
Keynote Speaker: Rebecca Baker, Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Health’s HEAL Initiative (Helping to End Addiction Long-Term)

Ryan Logan, Ph.D., Professor, Psychiatry and Neurobiology, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School

                                    Panel discussion
Moderator: Gordon Smith, Director, Opioid Response, Office of Policy Innovation and the Future

  • Rebecca Baker, Ph.D.
  • Jason Bubier, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Jennifer Honeycutt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience, Bowdoin College
  • Ryan Logan, Ph.D.

12:00 p.m.                   Lunch

1:00 p.m.                     Bioengineering human cells and tissues
                                    Martin Pera, Ph.D., Professor, The Jackson Laboratory
                                    Sasan Jalili, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, The Jackson Laboratory
Jennifer McDonald, M.D., Chief Operating Officer, Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI)/BioFab USA

2:30 p.m.                     Break

2:45 p.m.                     Spotlight on endometriosis: A hidden public health concern
                                    A screening of the documentary, Below the Belt, precedes a discussion of endometriosis and women’s health. Below the Belt’s executive producers are Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rosario Dawson, Corrine Foxx, Mae Whitman and Shannon Cohn, who also directed the film.

3:45 p.m.                     Presentations
Elise Courtois, Ph.D., Director, Single Cell Biology and Endometriosis Research Scientist, The Jackson Laboratory
Danielle Luciano, M.D., OBGYN, UConn Health

Panel discussion
Moderator: Senator Mattie Daughtry

  • Elise Courtois, Ph.D., Director, Single Cell Biology and Endometriosis Research Scientist, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Danielle Luciano, M.D., OBGYN, UConn Health
  • Shraddha Vadvalkar, Associate Director, Office of the COO, The Jackson Laboratory/Endometriosis patient
  • Dora Anne Mills, M.D., MPH, FAAP, Chief Health Improvement Officer, MaineHealth

5:00 p.m.                     Cocktails

6:00 p.m.                     Dinner

7:30 p.m.                     Conclusion

October 18

Impact on Maine

8:00 a.m.                     Breakfast and registration

8:25 a.m.                     Welcome
S. Catherine Longley, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Jackson Laboratory

8:30 a.m.                     Biomedical innovation and technology in the Maine economy
Heather Johnson, Commissioner, Department of Economic and Community Development, State of Maine

9:00 a.m.                     R&D investment and entrepreneurship in Maine
                                    Brian Whitney, President, Maine Technology Institute

                                    Panel discussion
Moderator: Yellow Light Breen, President and CEO, Maine Development Foundation

  • Kendra Batchelder, Co-Founder, WAVED Medical
  • Chuck Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, RockStep Solutions
  • Brian Harris, CEO and Founder, MEDRhythms

10:30 a.m.                   Break

10:45 a.m.                   What’s Next for Maine biomedical innovation and technology?
Moderator: Janet Yancey-Wrona , Ph.D., Technology Business Development Manager, University of Maine

  • Paul Flicek, D.Sc., Chief Data Science Officer, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Aileen Huang-Saad, Ph.D., Director, Life Sciences and Engineering, Roux Institute at Northeastern University
  • Amanda Stent, Ph.D., Director, Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Colby College

12:00 p.m.                   Conclusion
                                    Boxed lunches available

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