IHIF Annual Meeting Convenes Industry Leaders

Cancer Moonshot and Strategic Plan Anchor Agenda

Contact: Kristin Jones, President and CEO
Indiana Health Industry Forum
kjones@ihif.org or 317-686-0994

INDIANAPOLIS (May 9, 2016) — The Indiana Health Industry Forum is kicking-off its 2016 Annual Meeting and conference for the state’s life science industry today.  The event’s opening reception and VIP Dinner will take place at the Alexander Hotel – a Dolce Property in downtown Indianapolis.   For the third year, the reception will feature a student research poster display highlighting some of the biomedical student projects from the McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology.  Tuesday’s meeting will take place at the Eli Lilly and Co. headquarters in conjunction with the company’s 140th Anniversary celebration.

The conference keynote speaker will be Michael Weingarten, the director of the National Cancer Institute’s SBIR grant program.  His presentation will cover SBIR best practices, a discussion of the agency’s translational services, programs, and awards, tips on writing a successful application, and touch on the agency’s role in the national Cancer Moonshot initiative.  A follow-on panel will further explore Indiana’s Contribution to the Cancer Moonshot.  Panelists will include: Representative Larry Bucshon, M.D, (IN 8th); Dr. Sherry Harbin, Geniphys; Bryan Hannon, American Cancer Society; Dr. Mervin Yoder, IU School of Medicine, and Scott Shortenhaus, Eli Lilly and Co.  The panel moderator will be Deborah Pollack-Milgate with Barnes & Thornburg.

IHIF will also be kicking off Roadmap 2020 and beginning collection of recommendations for the development of the next industry driven strategic plan.  More information on Roadmap 2020 and how to submit recommendations for consideration can be found on the IHIF website at www.ihif.org/pages/roadmap2020.  A panel discussion covering trends in strategic plan topic areas will include remarks from: Sue Ellspermann, Former Lt. Governor of the State of Indiana , Roger Harvey, Bose Public Affairs Group; Alex Smith, Deloitte; Calvin Thomas IV, Ivy Tech Corporate College; and Matthew Waninger, Ph.D., MED Institute.   The panel will be moderated by Eric Marr, Founder and President of Diversity Accords and current chair of the IHIF Board of Directors.

IHIF would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:  Headline Sponsor: Eli Lilly and Co., Gold Sponsors: Barnes & Thornburg and Cook Medical, Silver Sponsors: CAI and Hoosiers Work for Health, Event Sponsors: Konica Minolta and ShareVault.  IHIF would also like to recognize some of our partners: The Catherine Peachey Fund in support of the Komen Tissue Bank, Lodestone Insights, Cabello Associates, and the BIO Business Solutions Program.

About IHIF

The Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) is a statewide trade association representing members of Indiana’s health science business community.  The diverse members of IHIF generate the collective voice of the state’s health and life science industry.  Our mission is to connect key stakeholders to: enhance business networks, advocate for member interests, develop workforce skills, and provide strategic vision in the interest of growing the state’s health industry economy and reputation.  For more information and to become a member, please visit www.ihif.org

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