Knowledge Bursts

Visit the Knowledge Burst stage throughout the day to hear from inspiring speakers on an array of topics to engage, inform and challenge your thinking. Knowledge Burst speakers will tell their stories to impart practical wisdom you can use to improve your business practices or to just stay informed!

Day One Knowledge Bursts

1:50 – 2:10PM PIER Consortium™: Streamlining and Expediting Clinical Trials

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Kenny J. Simansky, Ph.D.
Vice Dean for Research​, Drexel University College of Medicine
Chair, Board of Managers, PIER Consortium™
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David J. Whellan, M.D., M.H.S., FACC, FAHA, FHFSA

James C. Wilson Professor of Medicine and the Senior Associate Provost for Clinical​ Research, Thomas Jefferson University
Chief Operating Officer, PIER Consortium™

3:25 – 3:45PM   JLABS JPOD @ Philadelphia – A Collaboration to Accelerate Healthcare Innovation and Commercialization
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Katherine W. Merton, Ph.D.
Heads, JLABS @ NYC-Boston-Philadelphia
4:20 – 4:40PM   Accelerating Innovation in Southwestern PA – The University of Pittsburgh Role
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Evan Facher, Ph.D., MBA
Director of the Innovation Institute
Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
University of Pittsburgh

Day Two Knowledge Bursts

10:50 – 11:10AM   The Ecology Within – The Human Microbiome
Barbara Methé, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Medicine​, Co-director for Basic Science, Center for Microbiome and Medicine

11:35 – 11:55AM   Using Artificial Intelligence to Rank Indications for Drugs or Targets
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Christopher McKenna
General Manager, Discovery Science
Clarivate Analytics
2:35 – 2:55PM   CRISPR to Eradicate HIV/AIDS
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Kamel Khalili, Ph.D.

Laura H. Carnell Professor and Chair​ Department of Neuroscience​
Director, Center for Neurovirology
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University