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

PIER Consortium: Streamlining and Expediting Clinical Trials

Kenny Simansky, Ph.D.
Vice Dean for Research​, Drexel University College of Medicine
Chair, Board of Managers, PIER Consortium™
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 and
Chief Operating Officer, PIER Consortium™

JLABS JPOD @ Philadelphia – A Collaboration to Accelerate Healthcare Innovation and Commercialization
Katherine W. Merton, PhD
Heads, JLABS @ NYC-Boston-Philadelphia
Innovation and Collaboration
Evan Facher, PhD, MBA
Director of the Innovation Institute
Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
University of Pittsburgh

Day Two Knowledge Bursts

Microbiome Research
Barbara Methé, PhD

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


Kamel Khalili, PhD

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

Artificial Intelligence
Christopher McKenna
General Manager, Discovery Science
Clarivate Analytics