Maryland Tech Council’s Life Sciences Division Announces 2023 Bio Innovation Conference Agenda and Speakers

Premier Life Sciences Event to Feature Networking, Top Speakers, and BioHub Maryland Recruitment Expo


FREDERICK, MD (September 12, 2023) – Maryland Life Sciences, a division of the Maryland Tech Council, today announced a packed agenda and roster of top speakers for the 2023 Bio Innovation Conference to be held Monday, October 30, in North Bethesda, Maryland. The must-attend event will feature networking opportunities, an exhibit hall, the BioHub Maryland Recruitment Expo, and engaging panel discussions with the top minds in life sciences. 


The Bio Innovation Conference is the region’s premier forum for professionals from the life sciences industry, academia, and government to exchange ideas, make new professional connections, and explore the trends defining the future of life sciences. In addition to networking and panel discussions, attendees enjoy access to BIO One-on-One Partnering meetings and the BioHub Maryland Recruitment Expo, featuring employers such as AstraZeneca, MaxCyte, and GSK. 


Panels will discuss a range of issues driving life sciences innovation, including: 

  • How Rapid Manufacturing Innovations Can Streamline Drug Development
  • How to Accelerate Safe Development and Delivery of Cell and Gene Therapies
  • Unleashing Immunotherapy’s Promise Outside of Oncology
  • Maximizing Access to Capital
  • The Evolution and Future of Vaccines and Immunotherapy
  • Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
  • Life Sciences Workforce Development


A partial list of speakers includes: 

  • Peter Marks, Ph.D. (Keynote), Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration
  • Tristan Marshall, Vice President, Process Development, REGENXBIO
  • David Anderson, Quality Site Head, Kite
  • Brad Stewart, MTC Board Chair, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
  • Brian Stamper, Executive Director of Manufacturing Sciences, AstraZeneca
  • Cheng-Hong Wei, Ph.D., Director, CMC Regulatory Affairs, AstraZeneca
  • Aubrey Watkins, III, Senior Director, Corporate Development, Emergent Biosolutions
  • Patrick Hanley, Chief and Director, Cellular Therapy Program, Children’s National Hospital
  • Tonya Villafana, Global Franchise Head, Infection, AstraZeneca
  • Bill Enright, Chief Executive Officer, Vaccitech
  • Michael Anderson, M.D., Senior Advisor, Children’s National Hospital, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), HHS
  • Sanjay Phogat, Ph.D., Vice President, R&D, GSK
  • Sandeep Menon, M.D., MPH, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Pfizer
  • Pat Larrabee, President and Chief Executive Officer, Facility Logix
  • Christopher Jewel, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Cartesian Therapeutics
  • Metin Kurtoglu, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, Cartesian Therapeutics
  • Sarah Meeks, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Global Business Development, MaxCyte


To register for the conference, visit To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Wendy Worm, Vice President of Marketing & Programs, at wendy [at] or (240) 243-4050.


“The Bio Innovation Conference is the most important date on the calendar for our region’s life science professionals,” said Brad L. Stewart, Chair of the Maryland Tech Council. “We are bringing together the top minds in life sciences innovation and are trending towards a sold-out crowd. On behalf of the Maryland Life Sciences community, I thank our sponsors for making this highly-anticipated event possible. ” 


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BioHub Maryland


Bio Innovation Conference sponsors are: 


Industry Sector Sponsors

Kite (Biomanufacturing)

Maxcyte (Cell and Gene Therapy)

Novavax (Vaccines)


Presenting Sponsors





Horizon Therapeutics

Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation

Maryland Department of Commerce


Keynote Sponsor

DPR Construction


Supporting Sponsor

Johnson & Johnson | JLABS

Blue Knight™


BIO Partnering Sponsor

Azzur Group


Cocktail Reception Sponsor

University of Maryland, Baltimore


Giveaway Sponsor

Scheer Partners


Registration Sponsor



International Delegate Sponsor

Embassy of Canada


Gold Sponsors

Alexandria Real Estate Partners


Boston Properties

IDT Biologika


Coffee Break Sponsors

Comcast Business


Frederick County Office of Economic Development



About Maryland Life Sciences

The Maryland Life Sciences, a division of the Maryland Tech Council, is a collaborative community, actively engaged in building stronger life sciences companies by supporting the efforts of our individual members who are saving and improving lives through innovation. We support our member companies who are driving innovation through advocacy, education, workforce development, cost savings programs and connecting entrepreneurial minds. Maryland Life Sciences represents biotechnology, clinical and research data, therapeutic, genetic, medical device, pharmaceutical and service companies that support Maryland’s thriving industry. The valuable resources we provide to our members help them reach their full potential making Maryland a global leader in the life sciences industry. Learn more at