MedMates to Host Life Sciences EXPO 2017

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Posted April 12, 2017 by Sarah Larrow on SVM Public Relations and Marketing Communications

Leading-Edge Companies in Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, and Diagnostics to Present at Life Sciences Gathering

Providence, R.I., April 12, 2017MedMates, Rhode Island’s life sciences technology network group, today announced that it will host Life Sciences EXPO 2017 on April 26th in Providence, R.I. The event will bring together attendees from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut to showcase the innovation, growth and diversity of the Southeastern New England life science industry. Companies on the cutting edge of biotechnology, neuroscience, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics and more will present their work and have the opportunity to forge connections with others in the industry.

The Life Sciences EXPO will be the largest gathering of life science organizations in Rhode Island, bringing together companies, hospitals, medical professionals, universities, non-profits, professional organizations, government agencies, investors, and entrepreneurs in the life sciences ecosystem. Stefan Pryor, Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce, and Tom Osha, senior vice president of innovation and economic development at Wexford Science + Technology, will be the keynote speakers. Other featured speakers include John Heffernan at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization.

In addition to exhibitor tables and networking opportunities, there will be three scientific panels during the EXPO:

Precision Medicine Innovation

Moderator: Patrice M. Milos, Ph.D., President and CEO, Medley Genomics

•Barrett Bready, MD, Founder, CEO, Nabsys
•Katrina Loomis, Director, Head of CVMET Human Genetics, Genome Sciences and Technologies, Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development
•William Martin, COO and CIO, EpiVax

Advances and Future Outlook in Neuroscience

Moderator: Stevin Zorn, Ph.D., President, CEO, Cofounder of MindImmune Therapeutics; Ryan Research Professor of Neuroscience, George and Anne Ryan Institute of Neuroscience, University of Rhode Island

•Carl Saab, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurosurgery (Research), Associate Professor of Neuroscience (Research); Rhode Island Hospital, Researcher
•John Simeral, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Research), Engineering, Brown University, Biomedical Engineer, VA RR&D Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology, Department of Veterans Affairs
•Steven A. Rasmussen, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Lifespan

Design Innovation in Medical Devices

Moderator: Tracy MacNeal, EVP, Corporate Development, Ximedica

•John D. Jarrell, Ph.D., PE, President, Materials Science Associates
•Carl Dumas, Director of Electrical & Software Engineering, Ximedica
•Scott Stropkay, Partner and Co-Founder, Essential Design
•David Brin, VP, Research & Development, C.R. Bard, Inc.

“Our mission is to grow the local life sciences economy by bringing together and advocating for talent and resources to support the life science community in southeastern New England,” said Carol Malysz, the executive director of MedMates.” This event is designed to enhance the connectivity between the life science entities in the region, and to showcase the really remarkable innovation that is happening here.”

The Life Sciences EXPO will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, from 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Omni Providence Hotel, 1 West Exchange Street, Providence, R.I. For more information, click here.

About MedMates

MedMates is Rhode Island’s life sciences technology network group dedicated to galvanizing collaboration between life sciences companies, hospitals, universities, sources of capital and governmental partners. Our mission is to grow the life sciences economy in RI. We do this by attracting, bringing together and advocating for talent and resources to support the life sciences community throughout southeastern New England. Founded in 2013, MedMates members have deep experience in the fast-changing life sciences fields, ranging from startups to mature companies and everything in between. For more information, visit

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