Day One (All times East Coast Time)

Day 1

September 8, 2020

11 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mary Woolley, President & CEO, Research!America

Elections 2020

Speaker: Steve Clemons, Editor-At-Large, The Hill

11:50 a.m.

Panel: Securing a Science-Strong Future

Moderator: Victor Dzau, MD, President, National Academy of Medicine


Valerie Conn, President, Science Philanthropy Alliance

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, K. Ranga Rama Krishnan Endowed Associate Professor, Duke University Medical Centers

William N. Hait, MD, PhD, Global Head, Johnson & Johnson External Innovation

Susan Hockfield, PhD, President Emerita and Professor of Neuroscience, MIT

Iris Loew-Friedrich, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, UCB

1 p.m.

Science on the Front Lines


Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour

2 p.m.

Panel: Vaccine Development: Are we at a Turning Point?

Moderator: Esther Krofah, Executive Director, FasterCures


Ruth Karron, MD, Professor, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Director of the Center for Immunization Research, and Founding Director of the Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative

Myron M. «Mike» Levine, MD, DTPH, Professor and Associate Dean , University of Maryland, School of Medicine; Founder and Former Director, Center for Vaccine Development

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, MPA, Director, Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy, Duke University

Gary J. Nabel, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Head of North America R&D Hub, Sanofi Genzyme

Paul A. Offit, MD, Director, Vaccine Education Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Will Zerhouni, JD, Managing Director, TRGP Investment Partners LP

3:30 p.m.

Panel: The Science of Vaccine Confidence

Moderator: Jenny Luray, MPA, Vice President of Strategy and Communications, Research!America


Phyllis Arthur, Vice President for Infectious Diseases and Diagnostics Policy, BIO

Bruce Gellin, MD, MPH, President, Global Immunization, Sabin Vaccine Institute

Sandra C. Quinn, PhD, Senior Associate Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity; Professor and Chair, Family Science, University of Maryland

Todd Wolynn, MD, MMM, Advisory Board President, Shots Heard Round the World

Day 2

September 9, 2020

11 a.m.

Science on the Front Lines


Alex M. Azar II, Secretary, U.S. Health and Human Services

Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Fellow, Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy, Duke University

11:45 a.m.

Fireside Chat: Diversity and Inclusiveness: Walking our Talk


Michelle McMurry-Heath, MD, PhD, President and CEO, BIO

Steve Clemons, Editor-At-Large, The Hill

12:20 p.m.

Science on the Front Lines

Frank Sesno, Director of Strategic Initiatives, The George Washington University, School of Media and Public Affairs


Congresswoman Diana DeGette, (D-CO-1)

Congressman Fred Upton, (R-MI-6)

1 p.m.

Panel: Health Equity: Making Measurable Change Happen

Moderator: Sudip Parikh, PhD, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science


Patricia Mae Doykos, PhD, Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation

Vivian W. Pinn, MD, Senior Scientist Emerita, Fogarty International Center

Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, President & CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association

The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, MD, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Chairman, Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions

David R. Williams, PhD, MPH, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University

2:15 p.m.

Science on the Front Lines


Robert R. Redfield, MD, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Frank Sesno, Director of Strategic Initiatives, The George Washington University, School of Media and Public Affairs

3 p.m.

Advocacy in Action

Wendy Rogers, MEd, MPH, will share her journey with Lupus.

3:30 p.m.

Science from the Front Lines of COVID-19

Moderator: Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Fellow, Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy, Duke University


Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director, National Institutes of Health

Mikael Dolsten, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and President, Worldwide Research, Development and Medical, Pfizer Inc.

4:10 p.m.

Then, Now, Imagine: Path to Progress Against Diabetes

Moderator: Derek Rapp, Managing Director, RiverVest Venture Partners


Christina Alesci, Business and Politics Correspondent, CNN

Carol Levy, MD, CDE, Associate Professor of Medicine from the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism and Director at Mount Sinai Diabetes Center and T1D Clinical Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Congressman Tom Reed, (D-NY-23)

Griffin P. Rodgers, MD, MACP, Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Day 3

Sept. 10

11 a.m.

ADM Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health Office of the Secretary

Sanjay Gupta, MD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Emory University Hospital; CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

11:50 a.m.

Panel: Public Health Preparedness — Hard Lessons of COVID-19

Moderator: Georges C. Benjamin, MD, Executive Director, American Public Health Association


Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director, Rhode Island Department of Public Health

Richard Horton, FRCP, FMedSci, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet

Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN, President & CEO, American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Elias Zerhouni, MD, Former NIH Director, 2002-2008

1:10 p.m.

Fireside Chat


Nakela Cook, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association (AHA)

3:10 p.m.

Panel: Will COVID-19 Impact the Speed of Patient Innovation in the Long-Term?

Moderator: Jeff Allen, PhD, President and CEO, Friends of Cancer Research


Ned Braunstein, MD, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacovigilance and Risk Management, Regeneron

Peter Marks, MD, PhD, Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), FDA

Anne McDonald Pritchett, PhD, Senior Vice President, PhRMA

Rachel Sher, Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs, National Organization for Rare Disorders

John Taylor, JD, President and Principal, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, Greenleaf Health

4:15 p.m.

Panel: Building a Science-Strong Nation: Turning Aspiration into Action

What would need to change to emerge as a nation determined to combat future pandemics and other challenges with the same sense of urgency and shared purpose as that defining our response to COVID-19? Stay tuned for further announcements.