Stephen Frye, Ph.D.

Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy & Director, Center for Integrative Biology and Drug Discovery · UNC-Chapel Hill

Stephen Frye is a professor and director of the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery.

Chromatin Chemical Biology Medicinal Chemistry Drug Discovery Oncology

Kit Pogliano

Dean and Professor, Section of Molecular Biology · UC San Diego

Kit Pogliano focuses on biological tools and interactions between microbes to discover new antibiotics.

Microbial Interactions Infectious Disease Microbiology Cell Biology Drug Discovery

Pankaj Karande

Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering · Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Focuses on engineering peptides as novel drugs, drug carriers, affinity agents, and biomaterials for medical applications

Diagnostics Vaccine Design Drug Delivery Drug Discovery Peptide Engineering

Robert Coleman

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology · Farmingdale State College

Dr. Coleman is both a research scientist and an entrepreneur. He is a founding member of Codagenix, a biotech start-up company.

Biotechnology Start Up Companies Infectious Diseases Vaccines Biology

Jonathan S. Dordick

Howard P. Isermann Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering & Co-Director, Heparin Applied Research Center · Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Applies biological principles to advance bioengineering and biomanufacturing, stem cell engineering, and drug discovery

Drug Discovery Biomanufacturing Biochemical Engineering Biochemistry Chemistry

Deborah Kurrasch

Associate Professor, Department of Medical Genetics · University of Calgary

Kurrasch’s research is focused on genetic programs that govern hypothalamic development using both mice and zebrafish as model organisms.

Molecular Biology Developmental Biology Pharmacology Neuroscience Genetics

Thomas D. Roper, Ph.D.

Director, Pharmaceutical Engineering and Professor, Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering · VCU College of Engineering

Dr. Roper specializes in efforts to bring engineering and science closer to patients who utilize medicines via novel technologies.

Metabolic Engineering and Biocatalysis 3D Printing of Dose Forms Long Acting Therapy Development Nanomaterials and Particle Sciences Continuous Chemical Reaction Engineering

Susan Desaulniers

Senior Director, Cardiovascular & Metabolism · Biogen

Susan Desaulniers is an expert in developing leading global clinical programs that protect people from infectious diseases.

Drug Discovery Regulatory Compliance Global Pharmaceutical and Clinical Development Programs Project Management Quality Assurance

Ron Priefer

Professor/Entrepreneur · MCPHS / New England Breath

Ron Priefer is an expert in NMR spectroscopy, materials science, liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, research design, and Polymers.

Academic Advising Mass Spectrometry Organic Synthesis Research Organic Chemistry

Robert J. Linhardt

Ann and John H. Broadbent, Jr. ’59 Senior Constellation Professor of Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering · Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Professor Linhardt focuses on glycobiology, glycochemistry and glycoengineering

drug synthesis Organic, Medicinal and Drug Discovery Biochemistry and Chemical Biology Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry Metabolic Engineering and Biocatalysis

Clay C.C. Wang, PhD

Chair & Professor of the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences · USC School of Pharmacy

An expert in natural products drug discovery, gene regulation of fungal secondary metabolism, metabolic engineering, and space biology.

Space Biology Gene Regulation of Fungal Secondary Metabolism Pharmacology Fungal and Bacterial Genomes Natural Products Drug Discovery

Dr. Raphael (Rafi) Hofstein

President & CEO · MaRS Innovation

Turning academic ideas into commercial realities

Corporate & Business Strategy Early-Stage Investing Life Sciences and Healthcare Technology Transfer Commercialization of Innovation

Greg Boyce, Ph.D.

Expert in organic chemistry · Florida Gulf Coast University

Greg Boyce has a passion for organic synthesis and total synthesis of natural products.

Total Synthesis Organic / Inorganic Synthesis Chemicals in Household Settings Organic Chemistry Medicine and Drugs

John McCulloch

Founder & Managing Director · Burloch Group Inc.

Engaging and knowledgeable speaker with deep expertise in biotechnology investment.

Biotechnology Pharmaceuticals Innovation Investment

Daryl L. Davies, PhD

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education & Professor of Clinical Pharmacy · USC School of Pharmacy

Daryl Davies is working to discover and develop novel therapeutics for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and alcoholism.

Purinergic receptors Opioid abuse Neuro-psychiatric Disorders Drug Safety Pharmacology and Toxicology Drugs of Abuse Pharmacology and Toxicology

B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D.

Floyd D. Gottwald, Jr. Chair in Pharmaceutical Engineering; Chair, Professor, Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering · VCU College of Engineering

Professor Gupton's research is focused on the development of new technologies that will streamline organic synthesis

Cross-Coupling Catalysis Flow Chemistry / Continual Chemical Processing Organic Synthesis in Pharmaceutical Applications

Sandra K. Weller, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Biology and Biophysics · University of Connecticut

Sandra K. Weller, Ph.D., is an expert in the herpes simplex virus.

Herpes Simplex Virus Molecular Biology Biophysics Biochemistry

Daniele Piomelli

Distinguished Professor · UC Irvine

Daniele Piomelli's research is focused on the function of lipid-derived messengers, with particular emphasis on endogenous cannabinoids.

Anatomy & Neurobiology Cellular Pharmacology CBD Marijuana Neuropharmacology

Bin Chen

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Human Development · Michigan State University

Dr. Chen is the founding member of DahShu, a non-profit organization to promote research and education in data sciences.

Cancer Therapy Drug Repositioning Translational Bioinformatics AI Big Data

Douglas Scharre

Professor of Clinical Neurology and Psychiatry | College of Medicine · The Ohio State University

Dr. Scharre specializes in cognitive disorders and dementias, including Alzheimer's disease

Neurology Neurobehavioral Manifestations Lewy Body Disease Dementia, Multi-Infarct Amnesia, Transient Global