A Brief Recap of the 2017 Wisconsin Biohealth Summit

We just got back from the 2017 Wisconsin BioHealth Summit held yesterday at the Overture Center in Madison. Again, BioForward’s CEO Lisa Johnson and staff assembled another smart and inspiring conference, bringing together leaders of Wisconsin’s flourishing biohealth scene for a series of engaging keynotes addresses, breakout talks, and networking sessions.

The day kicked off with Charlie Alvarez of the Foxconn Medical Group. For those of us that thought the recent factory deal would only bring our state manufacturing jobs, we got a glimpse of a more comprehensive view of a company with their eyes on the future of healthcare. Credit goes to BioForward for helping to champion Wisconsin’s biohealth strengths to the Foxconn Medical Group. (See The Wisconsin State Journal summary here.)

The day continued with compelling breakout sessions that included diverse topics such as the future of U.S. healthcare, connecting and collaborating with women in biohealth, and the future of patient-tailored medical treatment.

The lunchtime award ceremony recognized the contributions of two innovative leaders. We congratulate Dr. B. Lynn Allen-Hoffmann, recipient of the Hector F. DeLuca Scientific Achievement Award. Dr. Allen-Hoffmann was honored for her work in the research and development of human skin replacement and the founding of Stratatech, a biotech spin-off that delivers cell-based therapies to patients with complex skin loss.

Congratulations are also in order for Cynthia LaConte, CEO of the Dohmen Company, who was presented with the Wisconsin Biohealth Business Achievement award. Cynthia transformed Dohmen from a regional pharmaceutical wholesaler to a nationally recognized business process outsourcer and software provider for the life science industry. Additionally, LaConte is credited with founding the Dohmen Company Foundation which helps connect people in need of lifesaving healthcare products and services.

The final keynote featured another global technology heavyweight – Dr. David Rhew, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Samsung Electronics of America. Dr. Rhew laid out an interesting vision of disruptive digital technology and the future healthcare. Who knew that virtual reality technology could be used as an effective method of pain treatment?

Setting aside the impressive set of speakers and panelist of the conference, the summit continues to get the details right. Staged in Madison’s stunning Overture Center, the airy setting imbues the conference with a bright, optimistic feel. Keynote addresses presented in the grand Capital Theatre have gravity, yet still feel intimate.

The day concluded with a well-attended networking event, complete with complimentary signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Throughout the day, speakers and panelist talked about the importance of cooperation and collaboration between biohealth companies, industry organizations, and government agencies. We see BioForward as the state’s key player helping to connect these groups. At True Process, we are proud to be part of BioFoward and look forward to next year’s Biohealth summit!


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