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2023 Utah Life Sciences Summit Recap and Gallery

November 9, 2023

BioUtah yesterday held its 2023 Utah Life Sciences Summit, presented by Mayer Brown. Every year, the Summit is the largest gathering of Utah’s life sciences industry. This year was no exception.

Following welcome remarks from Gov. Spencer Cox, a distinguished line-up of top executives addressed a packed house. Keynote speaker, Joseph Smith, chief scientific officer at BD, shared his perspective on the future of health care. Dr. David Bearss, CEO of Halia Therapeutics interviewed Lesley Stolz, regional vice president, Early Innovation Partnering at J&J on pharmaceutical innovation, while Andrea Kendell, CFO of bioMérieux, engaged Nicole Lambert, immediate past COO and former president of Myriad Genetics, in a conversation about Utah’s diagnostic sector. The audience also had a chance to pose questions directly to Dr. Jeff Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, in a virtual town hall.

“This year’s Utah’s Life Sciences Summit brought together every segment of the ecosystem, from medical devices and diagnostics to biotechnology and research,” said Kelvyn Cullimore, president and CEO of BioUtah. “Bringing the community together also provided an opportunity for colleagues to network, exchange ideas and make new connections.”

BioUtah’s presented its annual awards as part of the programming.

Four targeted tracks – Regulatory and Quality track, Medical Device track, Utah track, and the University track provided a series of presentations and panels on timely and thought-provoking topics. The tracks explored issues around drug development, clinical trials, laboratory testing, the regulatory landscape, workforce, and more. A special panel of patients who have benefited from medical innovations shared their moving stories.

The findings of a new study by the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute on the economic impacts of Utah’s life sciences industry were unveiled at the Summit – impressing attendees with data showing that Utah ranks in the top three of the fastest-growing life sciences hubs in the nation over the last decade.

A community food drive was promoted as part of the Summit by BioHive and will continue through the end of the month.

The Summit attracted 550 registrants and offered participants more than 25 sessions led by leaders from across the industry, business, and government. A record number of exhibitors filled the hall.

BioUtah is grateful to our title sponsor, Mayer Brown, and our generous sponsors who made the Summit possible.

We hope to see you next year!