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Please note room change! Join us in the north lobby of the Capitol, 1st Floor.

Please join BioCT for a conference on the importance of bioscience to our state’s economy and future

Will Connecticut continue to invest in the economic growth of bioscience?


10-10:05am            Welcome and overview of the agenda

Dawn Hocevar, President & CEO, BioCT


10:05-10:20            Keynote speaker

Robert Coughlin, President and CEO, MassBio


10:20-10:40            CT Tax update

Bill Claffey, J.D., Director of State Tax, Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP


10:40-10:50            Break


10:50-11:35            Panel discussion: Industry CEO’s perspectives on the challenges of growing a bioscience company in CT

Moderator:  Dawn Hocevar, President & CEO, BioCT

John Houston, Ph.D., President & CEO, Arvinas

Mary Kay Fenton, Executive Vice President & CFO, Achillion

Jennifer Good, President and CEO, Trevi Therapeutics

Joshua Bilenker, M.D., President & CEO, Loxo Oncology


11:35-12:15            Hands-on workshop

The Long Road to Drug Development:  Terri Swanson, Research Scientist, Pfizer


12:15-12:25           Welcome Remarks by CT State Bioscience Caucus

Representative Lonnie Reed, Senator Tony Hwang, Senator Michael McLachlan and Representative Jonathan Steinberg


12:25-12:50            Lunch with keynote speaker

Patient advocate: Richard Pezzillo, Executive Director, New England Hemophilia Association


12:50-1:00              Break


1:00-1:45                 Panel discussion: Academia/entrepreneur perspectives:

Moderator: Rich Jacob, Associate VP for Federal and State Relations, Yale

Mostafa Analoui, Ph.D., Executive Director, UCONN

Jon Soderstrom, Ph.D., Managing Director of the Office of Cooperative Research, Yale

Todd Arnold, Ph.D., Entrepreneur, Chief Laboratory Operations Officer, Sema4

Ranjit S. Bindra, M.D., Ph.D. Entrepreneur, Yale


1:45-2:00                 Keynote speaker 

Patrick Plues, Senior Director of State Government Relations, BIO


2:00pm                     Wrap up