The Top of Mind for Life Sciences Summit 2023 takes place at the Center for Connected Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pa.
This event is invitation-only and limited to life sciences leaders and biotech innovators.
Additional details about the location and for planning your trip can be found at the bottom of this page.
*Please note that this agenda is not final. Speakers are still being added to the program and sessions and timing could change.
Keynote: Navigating the Ever-Evolving Health Care Landscape: Perspectives in Leadership & Innovation
The challenges the health care industry face are well understood by those who are seeking to innovate in the field. Yet, the solutions and the approaches needed to anticipate trends versus reacting to sentinel events are still very much needed to ensure that ground-breaking scientific discoveries can have real-world impact on patients, communicates, and societies around the globe. Two seasoned industry leaders will share their perspectives on lessons learned in leadership of teams, organizations, and innovative approaches to industry management.
Jeanne Cunicelli, President, UPMC Enterprises and Executive Vice President, UPMC
Jeffrey Solomon, President, TD Cowen
Nails vs. Hammers: Innovation Is the Best Tool for Solving Real World Health Care Challenges
It’s a challenging time in health care but opportunities abound. Health system leaders provide their assessment of the health care landscape, from financial pressures and industry consolidation to digital transformation and opportunities to expand access for patients.
Oscar Marroquin, Senior Vice President, UPMC and President, UPMC Physician Services Division
Diane Holder, Executive Vice President, UPMC and CEO, UPMC Health Plan
Tim Billiar, Executive Vice President, UPMC, Chief Scientific Officer, Associate Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Academics, University of Pittsburgh
Jeffrey Solomon, President, TD Cowen
Keynote Panel: Next-Generation Health Care at its Core — UPMC’s Role in Building a Successful Biotech Ecosystem
An academic health system with expansive provider operations, a large health plan, and a venture capital division drives innovation not only in the care it delivers but also in the value it provides and the innovation it sparks. This progressive model for the modern health system also has ripple effects throughout the community, sparking the growth of a life sciences ecosystem of startups and supporting businesses. This panel convenes leaders of Pittsburgh’s economic revitalization to discuss the vital role of “eds and meds.”
Jeanne Cunicelli, Executive Vice President, UPMC and President, UPMC Enterprises
Sam Reiman, Director, Richard King Mellon Foundation
Anantha Shekhar, Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
Theresa Mayer, Vice President of Research, Carnegie Mellon University
Coffee and Networking Break
Panel: Expanding the Human Health Span
Tremendous increases in the understanding of the biology of aging and advances in new drugs, such as GLP-1 inhibitors, have led to an exploration of improving the human health span as opposed to simply expanding life span. This session, featuring experts and researchers, will examine the cutting edge of medical research and drug development into weight loss, fasting, and wellness efforts, along with the role of value-based care in ensuring access to treatments for all who need them.
Toren Finkel, Director, the Aging Institute at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh (Moderator)
Jennifer Berliner, Director of Physician Well-Being, UPMC
Anne Newman, Clinical Director, Aging Institute of UPMC and University of Pittsburgh
Matthew Steinhauser, Associate Professor of Medicine and Deputy Director of the Aging Institute, University of Pittsburgh
David Moore, Executive vice president, Corporate Development, Novo Nordisk
11:15 AM-12:00 PM
Panel: Realizing AI’s Potential in Drug Discovery
Artificial intelligence is being heralded for its potential to improve drug discovery. Where is the technology having the biggest impact, what are the challenges that need to be overcome, and what ethical issues need to be considered? Experts will address these questions and more as the industry grapples with new and revolutionary technologies.
Rob Hartman, Senior Director, UPMC Enterprises (Moderator)
Joseph Lehar, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Owkin
Colin Hill, CEO and Co-Founder, Aitia
Virginie Buggia Prevot, Senior Director, Drug Discovery, Valo Health
Gilan El Saadawi, Chief Medical Officer, Realyze Intelligence
Panel: The Frontiers of Oncology
Harnessing the immune system to fight cancer has seen some early success, especially in blood-borne cancers. But what are the next generation of innovations that will expand the application of immuno-oncology to more cancer types with greater success? This panel of experts dives into the cutting-edge technology and platforms showing the greatest promise.
Mani Mohindru, CEO, Novasenta
Tullia Bruno, Assistant Professor of Immunology, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Mike Diem, Chief Business Officer, Century Therapeutics
Keir Loiacono, CEO, BlueSphere Bio
Deborah Palestrant, Partner, 5AM Ventures
Panel: Neuroscience and Mental Health: New Targets, Psychedelics, Digital Therapeutics, and Beyond
Advances in neuroscience and the need for solutions to address the mental health crisis will be discussed, including novel molecular targets for CNS conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, the use of next-generation psychedelics, and the future of digital therapeutics.
Hank Safferstein, CEO, Generian (Moderator)
Dillan Dinardo, CEO, Mindstate Design Labs
Craig Thompson, CEO, Cerevance
Sahil Kirpekar, Chief Business Officer, atai Life Sciences
Susanne Ahmari, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh
Coffee and Networking Break
Panel: Enabling Access to Novel Therapeutics in a Value-Based Era
How do stakeholders in health care ensure access to novel therapeutics in a time of pushback against drug costs? The panel will look at the potential for value-based arrangements and other strategies that could allow patients to receive the treatments they need.
Jamie Bauersmith, Vice President, UPMC Enterprises
Tay Salimullah, Vice President, Global Head Value & Access, Novartis Gene Therapies
Chronis Manolis, Chief Pharmacy Officer, UPMC Health Plan
Matthias Kleinz, EVP, Translational Sciences, UPMC Enterprises (Moderator)
Fireside Chat: Speeding the Regulatory Review of New Drugs
As the FDA accelerates approval pathways for groundbreaking technologies, the head of CBER joins virtually for a fireside chat discussion of recent developments with the programs and what they mean for rare diseases, gene therapies and other novel technologies, and the biotech companies pursuing them.
Peter Marks, Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Rob Lin, CEO, Avista
Panel: Charting a Course for the Future
As the Top of Mind for Life Sciences Summit program wraps up, experts will reflect on key messages from the day’s talks and discuss actionable next steps for participants.
Matthias Kleinz, EVP, Translational Sciences, UPMC Enterprises
Jonathan Peacock, Chairman, Avantor
Off-Site Networking Event: Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, PNC Park
The Top of Mind for Life Sciences Summit 2023 will be held in the Center for Connected Medicine (CCM) at UPMC. The CCM’s event space is on the 60th floor of the U.S. Steel Tower, which also serves as the headquarters for UPMC.
Summit attendees will be registered with U.S. Steel Tower security and must present photo identification to gain access to the building. CCM staff will guide guests from the building lobby to the 60th floor.
U.S. Steel Tower address:
600 Grant St.,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The CCM has secured a block of rooms at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh for the Summit. This preferred hotel is a short walk from the U.S. Steel Tower.
Book online or by phone: 833-469-3452, request the Top of Mind Room Block
Please note that group rates are available until August 20, 2023.
The Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is 18 miles from the U.S. Steel Tower. The drive can take 30-45 minutes depending on time of day. Car rental, ride share, and taxi services are available at the airport.
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