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Shaping Tomorrow’s Innovators

Empowering the Life Sciences Workforce in Texas

August 10, 2023 @ 5:00 pm 8:00 pm

Growing the life sciences industry is critical for innovation and economic development in Texas. Join industry experts for a discussion about how to fuel that growth with a dynamic workforce.

Event Details


5 p.m. – Reception and Networking

5:45 p.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • J. Michael Mathis, PhD, EdD, Dean, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

5:45 p.m. – Opening Keynote: “The Life Sciences Industry in DFW and Texas – Growth and Challenges”

  • Victoria Ford, MPA, President & CEO, Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute, Austin, Texas

6:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion 1: “Bridging the Life Sciences Talent Gap”

  • Kelly Cloud, VP of Economic Development, Life Science, Dallas Regional Chamber, Dallas, Texas
  • Gabby Everett, PhD, Director, Business Operations and Strategy, Site Head, BioLabs Pegasus Park, Dallas, Texas
  • Aaron BenComo, MD, Business Development and Industry Liaison Director, BioNTX, Irving, Texas
  • Nitin Joshi, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, CAGE Bio, San Carlos, Calif.

Moderator: Cameron Cushman, Assistant Vice President of Innovation Ecosystems, HSC Next, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

7:15 p.m. – Panel Discussion 2: “Educating for an Evolving Life Sciences Landscape”

  • Linnea Fletcher, PhD, Principal Investigator, InnovATEBIO, National Biotechnology Education Center, Austin Community College, Austin, Texas
  • Jenny Ligon, Senior Associate Director, National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, College Station, Texas
  • Benjamin Magill, CecD, Associate Vice Chancellor, Economic Opportunity, Dallas College, Dallas, Texas
  • Tim Van Treuren, PhD, UNTHSC Alumni, Senior Analyst, Bios Partners

Moderator: Bruce Bunnell, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Genetics, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

8:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks