Attend upcoming BioSummit for insight about Oklahoma’s biosciences industry

BioSummit experts to offer help with launching, marketing and funding your bioscience business.

Friday, March 7, 2014

by Greater OKC Chamber and i2e, Inc.

Gain insight into Oklahoma’s biosciences industry – as well as some tips for funding and marketing your own venture – during the upcoming BioSummit and Awards Dinner on March 26.

Sponsored by the Oklahoma BioScience Association, the Biosummit will take place all day at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, 1 Park Ave., in Oklahoma City.

The summit will bring together researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs from across the state who will address funding fundamentals, partnering and exit strategies, keys to building a biotech business and making your technology attractive to the industry.

All proceeds will go to the nonprofit Oklahoma BioScience Association to support additional educational activities for Oklahoma’s bioscience community.

Registration begins at 10 a.m.; a networking lunch will follow the first session at 11:45 a.m.

The sessions available for attendees are:

    • “Funding 101,” from The 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. session, which will feature a discussion about topics like raising capital, the type of funding available in Oklahoma, what angels are looking for in investing, investment terminology, private philanthropic funding. Speakers are Scott Meacham, president and CEO of i2E, Inc., and William Paiva, manager of the Oklahoma Life Science Fund, and Von Allen, director of development for the Stephenson Cancer Center.
    • “Partnerships, Mergers and Acquisitions” from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., with Paiva; Doug Branch, director of Phillips Murrah; Clayton Duncan, CEO of Accele BioPharma; and Dennis Schafer, CEO and president, Altheus Therapeutics. Leaders will discuss the importance of partnerships and exit strategies in the biopharma industry and how to initiate, negotiate and implement collaboration for your company.
    • “Keys to Success in Building a Biotech Business, from 2 to 3:15 p.m., with William Hagstrom, president and CEO of Crescendo Bioscience, Inc. Hagstrom will discuss the business-building process from assessing technology opportunities and market potential to mapping the path to commercialization to ultimate liquidity and the steps in between.
    • “Dating Industry,” efficient and effective ways to increase the value of your technology, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., with Elaine Hamm, director, Proof of Concept Center & Venture Advisor for i2E, Inc.; and Vikas Sharma, director of business development for Rexahn Pharmaceuticals and former manager of business development for MedImmune.

After the sessions, from 4:30 to 5 p.m. listen to Oklahoma-related news about the upcoming BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) International Convention in San Diego, Calif., from the Greater OKC Chamber and the Oklahoma delegation to the convention.

The Oklahoma Bioscience Awards reception and dinner will begin at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $75 for the BioSummit alone; $125 for the BioSummit and Awards Dinner and $100 for the Awards Dinner only.

For information or to register, go online to For a list of award winners and finalists, go to


For information about the association, go to or call (405) 278-3000.