Wilkes University


Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University and tecBRIDGE host NEPA Innovation Conference Aug. 10 and 11

Wilkes University’s Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and tecBRIDGE, are hosting the second annual Northeast Pennsylvania Innovation Conference. The event will be Aug. 10-11 at the Hilton Conference Center in Scranton, Pa. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the conference opening at 9 a.m.

This year’s conference theme centers on bioscience and technology with a focus on significant bioscience research, commercialization efforts and community initiatives occurring in the region along with existing resources for professionals. The closing of the conference will include a discussion of the future of bioscience. Attendees will explore the advancements being made in the bioscience field occurring at college and university laboratories, businesses, firms and healthcare systems.

Nationally recognized keynote speakers will also present at the two-day event including:

  • Nancy Lawton-Kluck, chief philanthropy officer of Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa., who will present on healthcare solutions through philanthropy at a national and global scale.
  • Dr. Michael Murray, director of clinical genomics at the Genomic Medicine Institute, will offer a discussion on GenomeFIRST, a subset of MyCode Community Health Initiative.
  • Dr. Stephen Dahmer, chief medical officer of Vireo Health, who will present on the use of cannabinoid based medicines in the treatment of chronic pain.
  • Dr. Ken Kester, vice president of Sanofi Pasteur, located in Swiftwater, Pa., will address development of vaccines and roles he has served in the field of infectious disease research.

Attendees will gain insight into medical devices, healthcare innovations, bioinformatics as well as research and discovery through four breakout panels featuring leading regional professionals. Panel topics include the future of breast cancer imaging, detection and monitoring; using machine intelligence to cure Lyme disease; the hidden costs of healthcare and advancements in teaching cardiovascular physiology.

Sessions by panelists, expert presentations, and invited poster displays from top high school and college students will also be included in the conference.  

The two-day conference fee is $150 per participant. For more information and to register visit tecbridgepa.org/ic2017