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   Report and Presentations

The Indiana Health Industry Forum welcomes you to join us for the 2016 Annual Meeting for members of the state's health science business community to be held May 9-10.   Open to IHIF members and members of the business community, we welcome you to join us and build your business network with industry leaders from across the state and country.

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Our Event Sponsors

Event Sponsorship with IHIF is a great way to promote your business and support the health science industry in Indiana!  Sponsorship helps keep the registration fees for our events affordable so that you can get more networking bang for your buck! 

 Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors!

 Headline Sponsor
Eli Lilly

Gold Sponsors



  Cook Medical
 Silver Sponsors
 Event Sponsors

Konica Minolta

 IHIF Partners
 Peachey Fund Lodestone Insights 


Schedule of Events

Monday, May 9

Opening Reception and VIP Dinner

Reception: 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Dinner:  7:30 - 9:00 pm
The Alexander, A Dolce Property
333 S. Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN

This annual feature kicks off IHIF’s annual meeting of friends and members with a networking reception featuring exhibitors, student projects, and program information.  Usually attended by 80 -100 people, the evening sets the mood for the next day’s informational program.  Please note that this event is open to the publicMembers of IHIF enjoy a registration discount but all are welcome to attend. 

The reception is followed by a congenial VIP Dinner (also at The Alexander) exclusively for IHIF Board Members, Conference Speakers, and Event Sponsors.  

Tuesday, May 10

Annual Meeting and Conference*

Location: Auditorium - Main Entrance/Lilly Corporate Campus

*Eli Lilly and Company will be celebrating their 140th Anniversary on May 10th.  Some programming changes may occur to accomodate scheduled events.

8:00 - 8:30 am       Registration

8:30 – 9:00 am      Welcome and Introduction

9:00 – 9:25 am      MOMENTUM Recap and presentation of scholarship checks

9:25 – 9:30 am       Sponsor Space (brief comments and remarks)

9:30 – 10:15 am     Kick-off of Roadmap 2020 (The NEXT Statewide Strategic Plan) - Discussion Panel

10:15 – 10:30 am    Break

10:30 – 11:15 am    Keynote Presentation: Michael Weingarten, National Cancer Institute, Director SBIR/STTR Program

11:15 – noon         Indiana’s Contribution to the Cancer Moonshot (Panel)

Noon – 12:30 pm    Presentation of Legislator of the Year Awards and remarks by legislators

12:30 – 1:30 pm     Networking lunch 

1:30 – 1:45 pm      Return to Program

1:45 - 2:30 pm       Value of Medicines – Video/Speaker*   

2:30 pm                Conclusion

2:30 - 3:30 pm       [optional] Col. Eli Lilly Statue Dedication Ceremony


 *5/4/16 - Please note adjustment to event schedule.  IHIF guests wishing to participate in the ceremony will be escorted in a group to and from the program on the Lilly Corporate Campus.


Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker
Michael Weingarten, National Cancer Institute, SBIR Program Director
Michael Weingarten

Mr. M. Weingarten leads a team of nine Program Directors who manage all aspects of the NCI SBIR & STTR Programs including a portfolio of over $110M in grants and contracts annually. The SBIR & STTR programs are NCI’s engine of innovation for developing and commercializing novel technologies and products to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer.

In his current role, Mr. Weingarten has implemented a set of key initiatives for optimizing the performance of the NCI SBIR Program at the NIH. These include the establishment of a new model at the NCI for managing the program – the SBIR Development Center. This Center is staffed with talented leaders from both industry and the NIH who have expertise in the development and commercialization of technology in the cancer field to optimize the returns the NCI achieves through this program.

Under Mr. Weingarten’s leadership, the NCI SBIR Development Center has launched a range of new programs to facilitate the success of small businesses in the cancer space. The Phase II Bridge Award helps small businesses “bridge” the funding gap known as the “Valley of Death”. Now in its fifth year, the NCI has made sixteen Bridge awards for a total of $ 35M in NCI funding. These awards support projects in cancer imaging, molecular diagnostics, and drug development, including two projects that have advanced to Phase II clinical trials.

Prior to joining the NIH, Mr. Weingarten was the manager of partnership development activities for NASA’s Technology Transfer program which included the SBIR program. In his 12 years with NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Mr. Weingarten played a major role in the creation and design of NASA’s Technology Transfer program – a network of 10 NASA research centers and six regional technology transfer centers. Mr. Weingarten has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill., and a master’s degree in political science from Columbia University in New York City.


Student Research Posters

They're Back by Popular Demand!
MCIT Student Research Posters!
May 9 - IHIF Annual Meeting Opening Reception

They were the hit of the 2014 and 2015 Receptions and we are thrilled to have the great Project Lead the Way students from the McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology back with us to present their research posters!  Students will be available during the reception to discuss their projects - be ready to have them knock your socks off!


Project 1 - Carly St Clair and Elizabeth Gonzalez

Project: Research how personalized medicine could map out a specific treatment plan for people who have fatal genetic diseases or cancer.

Fundamental goal: To research personalized medicine for Agammaglobulinemia- a hereditary disease caused by a mutation that results in a lack of the enzyme BTK- and how it could be customized to a specific genetic mutation for the better of a theoretical patient.

First Steps: To understand the overall process of personalized medicine, use He-La cells and manipulate the genetic information that could be responsible for metabolizing chemotherapy. Find a gene responsible for metabolizing chemotherapy and target it to see if it could improve the way the cells interact with chemo. This could help us theorize how it could affect the side effects a patient may have when undergoing chemo. Thus, we will be able to visualize how customizing a treatment could help with other diseases that are caused by genetic mutations.

Project 2 - BioBuilders Club

Goal: To do a proof of concept experiment to demonstrate the possibility of phage remediation of bad bacteria in drinking water. The objective is to engineer a non-pathogenic E. Coli with inducible genes that generate the bacteriophage MS2, a phage that targets a number of gram negative pathogens found in contaminated drinking water.

Approach:  Create primers and PCR MS2 gene, insert it into a plasmid, and try to transform into an E. coli chassis with it. Our test will be to see if we can switch on the circuit and start the cascade of infection and lysis of gram negative bacteria on plates and then in broth.

Special thanks to Kelly Bozoian and Carletta Sullivan, MCIT for coordinating and leading the effort!




The IHIF 2016 Annual Meeting is open to IHIF Members and members of the state's health science business community. IHIF Members are eligible for specially discounted registration rates.  For more information on IHIF Membership and associated benefits, please click here.  


Sessions IHIF Member Rate
 General Admission

May 9 - Opening Reception - The Alexander Hotel, A Dolce Property

 $0 $25
May 9 - VIP Dinner (IHIF Board, Speakers, and Sponsors Only)
 n/a n/a
May 10 - 2015 IHIF Annual Meeting
 $50 $75


Registration is now closed

Registration Required - Please bring a photo ID



Maps and Directions


Opening Reception and VIP Dinner

May 9

 IHIF Annual Meeting

May 10

The Alexander, A Dolce Property

Auditorium - Main Entrance

Lilly Corporate Campus

333 S. Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN

Registration Required- Please Bring a Photo ID

Parking Available in CityWay Public Garages

301 South Delaware Street and 237 South Delaware Street

Complimentary Shuttle Service to Lilly Provided

from the Alexander Hotel

 Map and DirectionsGarage Map


 Follow-Up Materials and Photos

 IHIF Annual Report/Update Presentation

 IHIF 2015 Annual Report

 Keynote Presentation: Michael Weingarten, National Cancer Institute

 Sponsor Presentation: ShareVault - How Secure Are Your Documents?

 IHIF Annual Meeting Press Release

 IHIF Legislators of the Year Press Release

 Photo of Award to Congressman Bucshon



 Have questions or need additional information?  Please contact IHIF at info@ihif.org


Monday, March 27, 2017