Rich Bendis 11 2019

President & CEO, BioHealth Innovation, Inc.

Mr. Bendis is an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, investment banker, innovation and technology-based economic development leader,        international speaker and consultant in the technology and healthcare industries. He currently serves as the founding President and CEO of Innovation America (IA), a national public-private partnership focused on accelerating the growth of innovation economy in America. As one of the most recognized experts in the field of innovation economy, Mr. Bendis has served on numerous distinguished boards and task forces including the White House U.S. Innovation Partnership Advisory Task Force, the Small Business Innovation Research Committee, the National Association of State Venture Funds board; State Science and Technology Institute, and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Institute as a national/regional Judge.

Mr. Bendis has provided global consulting services to over 16 countries and 22 states, several cities and regions, along with international organizations including the United Nations, NATO, UK Trade and Industry, European Commission, French Embassy, the German Marshall Fund, The Canadian Consulate, METI, AKEA, the International Science Parks and Innovation Expert Group and other global entities. Mr. Bendis is a frequent consultant and speaker to 16 International innovation based economic development organizations, as well as over 20 states, regions and cities throughout the U.S. He was voted one of the Top 5 Speakers on innovation economy in 2012.


Jarrod Borkat

Emergent BioSolutions

Jarrod Borkat is a 15-year veteran in the biopharmaceutical industry. He joined MedImmune in 2010, where he currently serves as Senior Director/Head, Global External Partnerships & Collaborations. In this role he is responsible for establishing and overseeing global strategic collaborations with universities, non-profit organizations and government entities, across all the therapeutic areas relevant to MedImmune. His team led the creation of several multi-million dollar collaborations, including one with Johns Hopkins University and one with University of Maryland. Prior to this role, Jarrod led the Portfolio Strategy & Management function for MedImmune, helping the organization optimize its R&D portfolio. Before joining MedImmune, Jarrod worked at Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for 11 years, rising through the ranks in the sales and commercial organization. During his time at BI, he spent two years in Germany, working at their corporate headquarters, leading the global commercial strategy for their CNS franchise. His last position prior to leaving BI was Director of U.S. Marketing, HIV. Jarrod has won multiple awards throughout his career, including being recognized as an industry “Top 25 Direct-to-Consumer Marketer of the Year” in 2007. He is also active in several industry organizations and has served on industry-related panels. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Jarrod serves on the Kentlands Board of Trustees and the Kentlands Community Foundation Board. He also ran a marathon on all 7 continents with his father, making them the first father/son duo to have accomplished this challenging endeavor. Jarrod earned an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University, with concentrations in finance and marketing, and earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Georgia.



Vice President and Head, US R&D Center of GSK Vaccines

W. Ripley Ballou, MD is Vice President and Head, US R&D Center of GSK Vaccines in Rockville, MD. Previously he was Head of Clinical Research and Translational Science, Vaccine Discovery and Development at GSK’s Vaccines headquarters in Rixsensart, Belgium. He has also served as Deputy Director for Vaccines, Infectious Diseases Development, Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Ballou is an expert in vaccine development and has worked in this field for more than 30 years. Trained in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, he began his work on vaccines at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research where he led the team that with GlaxoSmithKline co-developed RTS,S, the world’s most advanced malaria vaccine. Dr. Ballou has numerous publications in the field of vaccine development and infectious diseases.


Chancellor, University System of Maryland

Robert L. Caret joined the University System of Maryland (USM) as chancellor in 2015. During his 20 years of public higher education leadership, Caret has earned respect for his successful work in several areas, including helping to ensure college affordability, academic excellence, and the efficient use of resources. Before joining USM as chancellor, Caret was president of the University of Massachusetts System (UMass) from 2011 until 2015. Prior to joining UMass, Caret was president of Towson University (TU) from 2003 to 2011, where he was instrumental in establishing Towson University in Northeastern Maryland. From 1995 to 2003, Caret served as president of San Jose State University (SJSU).Caret serves on the National Association of System Heads, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the Business-Higher Education Forum boards. He also is a member of the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board and the Government University Industry Research Roundtable. Caret also serves on a number of boards in Maryland, including the Greater Baltimore Committee, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, University of Maryland Medical System, College Savings Plans of Maryland, World Trade Center Institute, Maryland Council on Economic Education, BioHealth Innovation, Inc., and the Maryland Economic Development Corporation. In 2016, The Daily Record named him among its 2016 list of Influential Marylanders.

Christopher Callaghan

Group Vice President, Healthcare Banking, M&T Bank

Mr. Callaghan manages M&T’s Healthcare Banking Group, providing sales advisory, credit oversight and industry training to the team. Christopher joined M&T Bank in 1994. He has held several positions in the Corporate Banking and Institutional Investment Management Divisions at M&T, including 15 years in the Healthcare Banking Group. M&T’s Healthcare Banking Group is a Specialized Industry Group that provides Commercial Lending, Investment Banking, Treasury Management and other Financial Services to Health Systems, Hospitals, Skill Nursing Facilities and Senior Living Communities. Christopher received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Saint Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont and a Master’s of Science in Finance from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Evergreen Healthcare Cooperative, the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland School of Nursing and is active in several healthcare industry groups.

kenneth carter

President and CEO, Noble Life Sciences

Dr. Carter has been involved in the formation and early stage development of several biotechnology companies as a co-founder, consultant or member of the board of directors. He co-founded Avalon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in January 1999 and served as CEO for 10 years until 2009 when Avalon merged with Clinical Data, Inc. During this time, Avalon developed a unique biomarker-based drug discovery and development engine; completed an IPO and listing on the NASDAQ market; established drug discovery programs in colon, breast, pancreatic and hematological cancers; and established partnerships with Merck, Novartis, Sanofi-Aventis, and AstraZeneca/MedImmune.

Prior to that, Dr. Carter directed the gene mapping initiative at Human Genome Sciences, Inc. where he worked for several years and played a role in the discovery, cloning, and chromosomal mapping of dozens of novel human genes. Dr. Carter has served on the boards of directors for multiple biotechnology industry organizations including the Maryland Health Care Product Development Corporation and the National BIO Industry Organization. He also served recently as a special advisor to the Maryland Governor's Life Sciences Advisory Board and is on the Advisory Council for the Center for Biotechnology Education at Johns Hopkins University where he also holds an adjunct faculty appointment.

Founder and CEO, Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc.

Dr. William Hearl is the founder of Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc. and is an experienced and successful life science businessman and entrepreneur. Dr. Hearl is adept at brokering mutually beneficial partnerships and identifying non-traditional collaborations and investment opportunities. Recently, Dr. Hearl led ITI into a significant licensing agreement with Astellas Pharma Inc., to explore the use of LAMP-vax, a next-generation immunotherapy platform, for use to prevent and treat allergic diseases. ITI believes that LAMP-based nucleic acid immunotherapy may have the potential to broaden the current use of cancer immunotherapy.   In fact, preclinical data is currently being developed to explore how LAMP nucleic acid constructs could both amplify and activate the immune response in highly immunogenic tumor types and also be used to create robust immune responses to tumor types that otherwise do not provoke an immune response.

The advent of LAMP technology came from Dr. Hearl’s work with Dr. Tom August of Capital Genomix, Inc. and Johns Hopkins University. From that collaboration, ITI began operations in 2006. Dr. Hearl’s extensive experience in intellectual property management and business development led to the rewarding sub-license of the LAMP technology to Geron Corporation within 30 days of initiating operations and subsequent license agreements, valued at over $300 million, in 2015 with Japan-based Astellas for next generation allergy vaccines based on the LAMP platform.

Dr. Hearl is also the founder of Capital Genomix, Inc. (CGI), a Maryland-based biomarker and drug discovery Company and served as its first chief executive officer from inception in 2000 to late 2002 when he assumed the role of chief scientific officer. Dr. Hearl raised seed funds and series A & B funding for CGI (approximately $5 million in cash/debt). He also acquired the Dynex Technologies division of Thermo Scientific in a leveraged acquisition deal. Dynex was subsequently divested and yielded a remarkable tenfold return to the Company.

Dr. Hearl is also responsible for the acquisition and development of the core technologies of Capital Genomix: GeneSystem320™ was licensed exclusively from MD Anderson Cancer Center and the ImmunoMouse™ was invented by Dr. Hearl. Dr. Hearl also has an established record of scientific productivity over his 20 years of work in the biotech industry. He started his career as a bench scientist at Electro-Nucleonics, Inc. and developed blood based diagnostics for HIV, HTLV-I and Hepatitis C. He later worked at Life Technologies Incorporated and directed the immunodetection group. Under Dr. Hearl’s direction, the lab developed a number of innovative antibody-based detection kits and reagents. He moved into scientific management when he became the director of research and development at Kirkegaard & Perry Laboratories, Inc. in 1994.

Dr. Hearl earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Tennessee and B.S. from East Tennessee State University.


President, Johns Hopkins University

Ronald J. Daniels became the 14th president of The Johns Hopkins University in March 2009. A law and economics scholar, he holds an appointment as professor in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins. Prior to his appointment, he served as provost of the University of Pennsylvania, and dean and James M. Tory Professor of Law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Daniels' own research focuses on the intersections of law, economics, development and public policy, in such areas as corporate and securities law, social and economic regulation and the role of law and legal institutions in promoting third world development. He is the author or co-author of dozens of scholarly articles, and the author or editor of seven books.

Daniels currently sits on the boards of the East Baltimore Development Inc., the Baltimore Community Foundation, the Goldseker Foundation, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the Governor's International Advisory Council, and the Asia Pacific Rim Universities World Institute. He is serving as a member of the Association of American Universities-Association of Leading Russian Universities steering committee to help guide collaborations between member universities. He is also engaged in the Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Transformation at Johns Hopkins. In 2009, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

ashish kularni avantor headshotExecutive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Avantor

Dr. Kulkarni has extensive experience serving as Chief Technology Officer for other large global companies. Prior to joining Avantor, Dr. Kulkarni acted as Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at Celanese Corporation, from 2012 to 2016, and Vice President of Research and Development for the Advanced Engineering Materials and Emulsions business units, from 2010 to 2012. Dr. Kulkarni also previously acted as Vice President of Global Engineering, Building Systems and Services division of United Technologies Corporation, from 2007 to 2010. In addition, Dr. Kulkarni served in various leadership roles with American Standard. He started his career with General Electric Company on their Technical Leadership Program (TLP).


CEO/Principal, LEMAX LLC
Dave Lemus is an experienced C-Level executive (CEO-COO-CFO) and Non-Executive board member with extensive US & international business experience spanning over 20 years biotech in the biopharmaceutical industry, where he executed more than $3 billion in licensing, financing/capital markets and M&A transactions.
Mr. Lemus is currently CEO of LEMAX LLC, a strategic advisory service he founded focused on the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.  Additionally he also serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Sorrento Therapeutics (NASDAQ: SRNE), Silence Therapeutics plc (AIM: SLN), Celularity Inc., and the MIT Club Washington DC.  Previously he was CEO of Sigma Tau Pharmaceuticals Inc., and prior to this, CFO of MorphoSys AG, where he launched Germany’s first biotechnology IPO in 1999, having come from Hoffmann La Roche in Basel. 
He received his M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and B.S. from the University of Maryland, and is presently a C.P.A. in the state of Maryland.


anne linblad emmes imagePresident and CEO, The Emmes Corporation, Rockville, MD

Anne Lindblad, PhD, joined The Emmes Corporation in 1982 as a Biostatistician and is currently the President and CEO. She has supported clinical research throughout her career, serving as Principal Investigator of projects spanning diverse disease areas, including neurology, ophthalmology, oncology, dialysis, transplantation, speech and hearing, and dentistry. Dr. Lindblad has been an NIH reviewer on multiple project applications for NINDS, NEI, NICHD, NIDCR, NIDDK, and NCCAM and has served as a member or chair of several Data and Safety Monitoring Committees for NEI, NIAAA, NIDDK, and NINDS. She was a member of an Advisory Committee charged with drafting policy to shape the appropriate planning and conduct of intramural studies at NIH. She was elected to the Board of Directors for the Society for Clinical Trials (2003-2006) and served as Program Chair (2002), as an Officer (2006-2014), and as President (2012-2013). Dr. Lindblad was selected to serve on NIH’s National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council from 2004 through 2008. She has taught courses in best practices in clinical trial design and conduct for ophthalmologists, neurologists, and immunologists. She has published and presented over 100 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

dougliuSenior Vice President of Global Operations, QIAGEN

Douglas Liu has a twenty five year record of international success in operations, strategic planning and Research & Development in molecular diagnostics, immunodiagnostics and other healthcare market segments. 

Douglas Liu is the Senior Vice President of Global Operations, a member of the Executive Committee and the senior QIAGEN Executive assigned in North America.  As the head of Global Operations, Douglas manages Manufacturing, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, and Supply Chain worldwide.   He is also the Chairman of the America Management Council at the QIAGEN Germantown/Gaithersburg/Frederick office where he provides leadership and guidance to all of the US subsidiaries, projects, and employees.  Under his management and commitment to success, QIAGEN North America has achieved and contributed to multiple successful projects and its growth, including the Germantown campus expansion.

Before joining QIAGEN, Douglas worked for Bayer Healthcare as Head of Operations for nucleic acid diagnostics in the US, and in strategic planning and consulting at Bayer AG in Leverkusen.  Prior to these positions, Douglas also worked at Abbott Labs and Chiron Diagnostics.

Douglas received his MBA from Boston University and his Bachelor Science degree from University of Illinois, Urbana

Douglas lived and worked in Germany for five years.  In 2007, Douglas and his family relocated back to United States. He has served in several local advisory boards since returning to the US including the Governor International Advisory Council & the MD Bio Tech Council of Maryland.

joel-marcusExecutive Chairman & Founder, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Joel S. Marcus is the Executive Chairman and Founder of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE:ARE), an urban office REIT uniquely focused on collaborative life science and technology campuses in urban innovation clusters. Mr. Marcus co-founded Alexandria in 1994 as a garage startup with $19 million in Series A capital and, as CEO from March 1997 to April 2018, has led its growth into an S&P 500 company with an approximately $18 billion total market capitalization and significant market presence in leading AAA locations, including Greater Boston, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Seattle, Maryland, and Research Triangle Park. In, 1996, Mr. Marcus founded Alexandria Venture Investments, the company’s venture arm, which provides strategic capital to transformative life science and technology companies.

beth-meagherDirector, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Ms. Meagher has over 19 years of experience leading strategic initiatives for clients in commercial, government, and non-profit sectors. Currently, she is leading Deloitte’s Federal Strategy Practice with over 90 consultants and she started and leads Deloitte’s Translational Science Team with over 35 practitioners and is the Federal Life Sciences Market Lead and Federal Health Analytics Lead. She is leading efforts to assist clients in analytics efforts, growth strategies, public private partnerships, strategic planning, program evaluation, stakeholder management, change management, executive leadership, and communication strategies. Ms. Meagher is an expert at Go To Market strategy development, routinely developing high performing teams that outperform the market. She has C-suite relationships across the Federal, Commercial, and Non Profit markets. She holds a MA in Organization Effectiveness and a BA in Communication Studies and Entrepreneurial Studies.

charles-mortonPartner, Venable

Chuck Morton, repeatedly ranked as one of the top M&A lawyers in the country, co-chairs Venable's Corporate Practice Group, splitting his time between Venable's Washington and Baltimore offices. He has a national practice, solving complex problems faced by lenders, investors, and entrepreneurs as they create, build, and buy or sell businesses. He routinely advises on mergers and acquisitions and financings, including every flavor of equity investment. He regularly acts on behalf of private equity groups and banks.


General Partner, New Enterprise Associates, NEA

David M. Mott joined NEA in September 2008 as a General Partner focused on biopharmaceutical investments. Prior to joining NEA, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of MedImmune, subsidiary of AstraZeneca Plc, and Executive Vice President of AstraZeneca. Dave joined MedImmune in 1992 and served in roles of increasing responsibility including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, President and Chief Executive Officer as the company grew from a venture-backed startup (founded in 1988) into one of the top five biotechnology companies in the world. Ultimately, he initiated and executed the sale of MedImmune to AstraZeneca in June 2007 for $15.6 billion. In 2002, Dave founded MedImmune Ventures and chaired its investment committee through his departure from MedImmune. At the time of his departure in July 2008, MedImmune had annual revenues in excess of $1.5 billion, annual R&D in excess of $650 million and approximately 3,000 employees.

Prior to joining MedImmune, Dave was a Vice President in the Health Care Investment Banking Group at Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co. Inc. At Smith Barney, his activities included public and private equity and debt financings as well as merger and acquisition work for biotechnology, healthcare services, and medical product and device companies. Dave is currently Chairman of 3-V Biosciences, TESARO, and Zyngenia and is a director of Ardelyx, Epizyme, and Omthera. He also serves on the Governing Board of St. Albans School.

kurt newman childrens national headshotPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Children's National

Kurt Newman, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, is a surgeon and recognized leader in pediatric health, nationally and in Washington, DC. Since becoming CEO in 2011, he has fostered a culture of patient-centered care and championed innovations in research, operations, and clinical care. He has forged productive partnerships with other health systems in the region, with government and community entities and with industry at the local, national, and global level. He is also astrong advocate for expanding mental health access for kids and has led two national forums on this issue.

Bob Silverman

Head Externalized Drug Discovery Partnering at Roche  

Bob Silverman leads the “External Drug Discovery Partnering” team of Roche Partnering. Among other matters, Bob is responsible for delivering a structured and systematic approach to venture capital that translates to reach into drug discovery stage innovation via deals originating from venture capital interactions. Prior to his current role, from 2010 – 2012 Bob was a project leader for Merger & Acquisitions, in the Strategic Partnering Group of Roche Partnering. From 2003 – 2010 Bob was a Global Licensing Director for Roche Pharma Partnering, responsible for negotiating intellectual property based licensing agreements across the full value chain of the Pharma business, ranging from enabling technologies and early phase opportunities to clinical stage assets to promoting and divesting marketed products. From 2001 – 2003 Bob was a Global Licensing Attorney. Bob joined Roche in 1993. Early in his career at Roche Bob was Senior Counsel for the US Affiliate patent department. Bob holds a degree in Chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and is a registered patent attorney.


Chief Operating Officer, Shady Grove Hospital

John A. Sackett joined the Adventist HealthCare family as President of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in April, 2013.

Mr. Sackett began his career in health care at Boulder Memorial Hospital as an administrative assistant in 1982. John served as Vice President for General Services from March, 1984 until being named President of Avista Adventist Hospital, formerly Boulder Memorial Hospital, in June of 1989. In 1996 when Avista Adventist Hospital became a member of Centura Health, John was named Senior Vice President for Mission and Ministry, in addition to his responsibilities as Administrator for Avista Adventist Hospital. John currently serves Centura as the Chief Executive Officer for Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville, Colorado.

John received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Walla Walla College in 1980 and continued his education at Loma Linda University where he received a Masters in Health Administration in 1982. John is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, serves on several community boards and legislative councils. John served as a City Council member for the City of Louisville from 1986 to 1991 and the Louisville Chamber Board from 1993 to 1996. John has also served as the Chairman of the Walla Walla School of Business Advisory Board. John was born in 1956, married in 1984 and he and his wife Sue have two children, Gregory and Rena.

John is a frequent speaker and writer on the role of Adventist health care in carrying out the healing ministry of Christ and feels this ministry occurs in each and every act performed by each and every person within the hospital.


Vice President and Head of Partnering & Strategy, AstraZeneca

John Trainer is the leader of AstraZeneca's Partnering and Strategy group, which focuses on business deals ranging from acquisitions and clinical collaborations to licensing agreements and new industry partnerships. His team also works to grow the bioscience ecosystems surrounding MedImmune's key locations in California, Maryland, and the United Kingdom.

John has held several leadership positions with MedImmune and AstraZeneca during his 13+ years with the company. Previous to this role, he was Vice President, Corporate Development for AstraZeneca and earlier the Head for Infection, Neuroscience and Gastrointestinal (ING) medicines within the AstraZeneca global commercial organization (GPPS). Before that, John held a variety of roles across the commercial, strategic, and transaction teams at MedImmune. 

John lives in the USA. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA from Harvard College.