2015 Annual Event

Shaping Discovery & Innovation: The Policy Debate

Scientific Lecture, Induction Ceremony and Public Policy Engagement
March 15-17, 2015

Photos – Sunday March 15, 2015

Photos – Monday March 16, 2015

Awards Banquet

Pierre Galletti Award Presentation

Special Galletti Video Release

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Sunday March 15, 2015 | 7:00pm-8:45pm

Earl Bakken Lecture

Engineering Microbes to Solve Global Challenges

Dr. Jay Keasling, University of CA, Berkeley


Sunday March 15, 2015 | 3:00pm-4:00pm


One-On-One with your Policymaker

Promoting Scientific Discovery

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Throughout the Annual Event

Featured Speakers

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    Deputy Director Alicia Jackson, Biological Technology Office, DARPA

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    Dr. Laurie Locascio, Director Materials Measurement Laboratory

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    Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, Director, Center for Devices & Radiological Health, FDA

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    Director Harold Varmus, National Cancer Institute

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    Assistant Director Monica Basco, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

Schedule of Events

Sunday, March 15, 2015 (Hyatt Regency Crystal City)

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Board of Directors Meeting
Washington A

11:00 a.m.
Registration Desk Open
Ballroom Level

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
New Fellows Orientation
The orientation provides background on AIMBE, as well as and what it means to be a member of the College of Fellows. The orientation is open to all attendees who wish to learn more about AIMBE.

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presidential Welcome:State of Bioengineering Address
Ravi Bellamkonda, AIMBE President
Join us in the Opening Ceremony for AIMBE’s 24th Annual Event. Dr. Bellamkonda addresses AIMBE’s recent progress and reinvigoration, while making a few observations about the current state of affairs in medical and biological engineering.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Earl Bakken Lecture:Engineering Microbes to Solve Global Challenges
Jay Keasling, UC Berkeley
A pioneer in the emerging field of synthetic biology, Dr. Keasling’s talk focuses on engineering micro- organisms to produce chemicals and biological systems, such as biofuels and pharmaceuticals, to change the world.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Neural Engineering
Kwabena Boahen, Stanford Universit
Warren Grill, Duke University

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Academic Council Meeting:
New Paradigm for Regulated Medical Products Education

Francis Kalush, CDER, FDA

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception
Regency Foyer

7:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Award Banquet and Pierre Galletti Presentation
The esteemed Pierre Galletti Award was established by AIMBE to honor its Founding Member and Past President. The award is presented to an individual in recognition of his/her contributions to the field.

9:00 p.m.
Academic and Industry Council Networking
All attendees welcome.
Hosted by Industry Council and Academic Council Hyatt Regency Lobby Bar, The Overlook

Monday, March 16, 2015 (National Academy of Sciences)

7:50 a.m.
Bus Transportation to National Academies
Buses depart from hotel entrance at 7:50 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. Breakfast available at NAS until 9:00 a.m.
National Academy of Sciences 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20037

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
College of Fellows Welcome
Jennifer West, College of Fellows (COF) Chair

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Biology is Technology
Alicia Jackson, Deputy Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Biological Technologies Office

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Why Congress Doesn’t Fund Research
Milan P. Yager, AIMBE Executive Director

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Networking Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Induction Ceremony
AIMBE inducts the 2015 Class of the College of Fellows. The ceremony represents passage into the most prestigious honorific society medical and biological engineering has to offer.

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
New Inductee Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Cancer Research & Bioengineering
Harold Varmus, Director, National Cancer Institute (NCI)

2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
White House Priorities for R&D
Monica Ramirez Basco, Assistant Director White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP)

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Networking Break

3:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Translating Discovery to the Bioeconomy
Laurie Locascio, Director, Materials Measure- ment Lab, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Preparation for an Infectious Disease Crisis
Jay Varkey, Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

4:30 p.m.
Bus Transportation to Hotel

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Council of Chairs Meeting (*affiliated group)
Hyatt Regnency Hotel, Washington Room

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
President’s Circle Reception (*invitation only)
Honored Guest: Shu Chien, UC San Diego Hosted by AIMBE President Ravi V. Bellamkonda Hyatt Regency Hotel

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 (Hyatt Regency Crystal City)

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Council of Society Meeting
All attendees welcome.
Potomac 6

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Industry Council Meeting
Attendees will discuss important Industry Council business and hear updates regarding AIMBE initiatives of interest to Fellows work- ing in industry or Fellows working with industry. All attendees welcome.
Washington B

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Committee for Underrepresented
Minorities Meeting

All attendees welcome.
Yolanda Comedy, Director, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity
Potomac 4

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Women in MBE Committee Meeting:
Transitioning from Teaching/Research to
University Administration

All attendees welcome.
Session chaired by Rebecca M. Bergman,
President, Gustavus Adolphus College
Kimberly W. Anderson, U. of Kentucky
Kay C. Dee, Rose-Hulman Institute of Tech.
Ken Lutchen, Boston University
Washington A

10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Advancing Diversity in STEM
David Asai
Director, Undergraduate Science Education Howard Hughes Medical Institute REGENCY

10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Networking Break

10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Improving Translational Research through Regulatory Science Innovation
Jeffrey Shuren, Director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA
Bill Murray, President and CEO, Medical
Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC)
Speakers will address new practices and initiatives that serve to advance regulatory science and translational research for the benefit of patients.

11:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
AIMBE Scholars at FDA
Christopher Medberry, AIMBE Scholar
Maria Murray, AIMBE Scholar
Sonja Brooks Fulmer, AIMBE Scholar
The three inaugural Scholars will provide highlights from their immersion experience at the FDA and will peer into the future of regulatory science and policy at the agency.