2024 Arizona BioPreneur Conference – Thriving in a Challenging Economy

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Date(s) - 15 Mar 2024
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

ASU Health Futures Center

Thriving in a Challenging Economy


Friday, March 15, 2024

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

ASU Health Futures Center6161 E. Mayo Blvd.Phoenix, AZ 85054

Please join the Arizona bioscience innovation community, including startup founders, investors, researchers, practitioners, service providers, mentors, and supporters, for a day of learning and networking at the Arizona State University Health Futures Center adjacent to the Mayo Clinic’s Phoenix campus.

There is no cost to attend the Arizona BioPreneur Conference. Your registration includes the all-day conference, lunch, and a networking reception.

Session Highlights

Preparing for a Capital Raise

When a company seeks to raise investment capital, there’s certain things that must be paid attention to, and certain things to ignore because they’re a waste of time. Knowing this difference distinguishes the experienced from the inexperienced. Donald Laughlin and Roger Rappoport will provide a simple structure for founders and executives to prepare their companies for a capital raise.

Surviving the Economic Crisis and Achieving Liquidity

Venture and public companies, and investors who support those companies, approach valuation through different frameworks. Jerry Gibson and Rakesh Mehta will discuss the down-cycle of 2023 and how to prepare for continued survival and a successful liquidity event in the coming 24 months.


8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome
  • Helen Goldstein, Attorney, Procopio (emcee)
  • Hon. Mayor Kate Gallego, City of Phoenix
9:10 a.m. Opening Keynote – “The State of Risk Capital”
  • Brandon Clark, Director, Life Science and Healthcare, HSBC
  • Introduced by Jerry Gibson, Chairman and CEO, Venclose Inc.
10:20 a.m. CEO and Investor Panel – “How I Met My Mother Investor”
  • James Bates, Founder, CEO and Chairman, AdviNow Medical 
  • Tripp Shannon, Angel Investor
  • Richard Austin, CEO, Reglagene
  • Heidi Jannenga, Angel Investor
  • Elsa Abruzzo, CEO, Anuncia Medical
  • Joan Koerber-Walker, Angel Investor
11:30 a.m. “Preparing for a Capital Raise”
     Fireside Chat with:
  • Donald Laughlin, President and CEO, White Mountain Economic Development and Managing Director, EDGY
  • Roger Rappoport, Partner, Procopio
12:20 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. Panel – “Extend the Runway vs. Raise to Grow”
  • Janelle Goulard, Partner, Pangaea Ventures
  • Vikram Chaudhery, Ph.D., Partner, Genoa Ventures & Co-founder, General Inception
  • Azin Radsan van Alebeek, Co-founder and General Partner, Emmeline Ventures
  • Ned Scheetz, Founder and Managing Partner, Aphelion Capital
  • Rik Vandevenne, Managing Director, RC Capital
2:10 p.m. Surviving the Economic Crisis and Achieving Liquidity
     Fireside Chat with:
  • Jerry Gibson, Chairman and CEO, Venclose Inc.
  • Rakesh Mehta, Partner at Centerview Partners
3:20 p.m. Panel – “Life after Exit”
  • Chris Yoo, General Partner and Managing Director, Xcellerant Ventures
  • Scott MacDonald, Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor, UBS Private Wealth Management
  • Additional panelists to be named
3:50 p.m. Closing Keynote Speaker 
  • John Shufeldt, M.D., J.D., MBA, FACEP, Medical Entrepreneur; General Partner, Managing Director, Xcellerant Ventures
4:30 p.m. Networking Reception




Contact Wiley Larsen, Flinn Foundation, at wlarsen@flinn.org.

Hosted by

Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee and the Flinn Foundation.