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Theme: Reboot, Reframe, Reimagine

February 8, 2022
6:00pm - 9:30pm CST
(UTC -6hrs)
Houston, Texas
United States
This event is invite-only.

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Houston, Texas, 77005
United States
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Alex Oshmyansky, MD, PhD

Founder and CEO, The Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drugs Company
Along with strategic investor & business mogul Mark Cuban, he has launched Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company, dedicated to producing low-cost versions of high-cost generic drugs.

Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian

Director, Rice Baker Institute for Public Policy
His career in the U.S. Foreign Service spanned the administrations of eight presidents from John F. Kennedy to William J. Clinton. Djerejian is a leading expert on national security, foreign policy, and the complex political, security, economic, religious and ethnic issues of the Middle East and South Asia. He has played key roles in the Arab-Israeli peace process and regional conflict resolution. He is the author of “Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador's Journey Through the Middle East.”

Amy McGuire, JD, Ph.D.

Leon Jaworski Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
She researches ethical and policy issues related to emerging technologies, with a particular focus on genomic research, personalized medicine, and the clinical integration of novel neurological devices. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Cheryl Walker, PhD

Director, Center for Precision Environmental Health, Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Baylor College of Medicine
She also currently directs the NIEHS Center for Translational Environmental Health Research, and serves on the board of Scientific Advisors for the National Cancer Institute and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Medicine and Engineering Committee on Gulf War and Health. Dr. Walker is an international leader in environmental carcinogenesis, and elucidating molecular mechanisms of disease. Her studies on the role of the epigenome in gene-environment interactions have yielded significant insights into mechanisms by which early life exposures influence health and disease across the life course. Her work has also led to the discovery of new tumor suppressor functions in the cell, and a dual role for the cell’s epigenetic machinery in regulating both chromatin and the cytoskeleton.

Dorit Donoviel, PhD

Director, Translational Research Institute for Space Health; Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology and the Center for Space Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
Dorit Donoviel, Ph.D., leads a $0.25B NASA-funded innovation R&D program that finds, funds and facilitates disruptive human health and performance solutions for astronauts traveling in deep space.

Greg Brenneman Brenneman

Executive Chairman, CMMP Capital and author of Right Away and All at Once and Harvard Business Review on Crisis Management
Mr. Brenneman plays an active leadership role in executing the Firm’s overall strategy while remaining actively engaged in completing transactions, developing strategies and coaching the senior management of CCMP’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining CCMP in October 2008, Mr. Brenneman served as Chairman, CEO, President and/or COO of Quiznos Sub, Burger King, PwC Consulting and Continental Airlines.

Joseph Petrosino, Ph.D.,

Chair and Professor, Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology; Director, Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research, Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Petrosino was a principal investigator for the NIH Common Fund Human Microbiome Project and has since established and directs the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research (CMMR). With over 120 collaborations, the CMMR is pursing over 350 metagenomics projects internationally with the goal to improve human health through detection and modulation of the micobiome and to translate new discoveries into new diagnostic and therapeutics.

Kelly Kelly Hackett, JD, CAP®

Managing Director-Tectonic Advisors Family Office Services
Kelly has walked miles in her clients’ shoes. As both a thought leader in family enterprise management and a second-generation client, Kelly brings a unique, fresh perspective to the Tectonic Advisors Family Office team. She partners closely with clients on governance, succession planning, wealth education, financial management, and charitable strategies. For Kelly, ensuring families achieve their multi-generational investment, lifestyle, and philanthropic goals is not a career – it’s a calling.

Ronald Cotton, M.D., FACS,

Assistant Professor of Surgery & Director General Surgery Residency Program, Baylor College of Medicine
A native Houstonian, Dr. Cotton graduated valedictorian from the Michael E. DeBakey High School of Health Professions in 1998 and summa cum laude from the University of Houston in 2002. He completed his undergraduate medical studies as well as residency and fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine. He joined the Baylor faculty in 2015. His clinical roles in the Division of Abdominal Transplantation include serving as primary surgeon for the liver and kidney transplant programs at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Sharmila Anandasabapathy, M.D., FASGE, AGAF,

Professor of Medicine in Gastroenterology, Vice President, Baylor College of Medicine Director, Baylor Global Health
In her current role, she oversees Baylor’s global programs and affiliations, as well as The Baylor Global Innovation Center which seeks to develop innovative approaches to global health challenges.

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