A special thanks to our host and Forum partner, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (FORMERLY THE RIC)

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Cavendish returns to Chicago

In July 2017, we hosted our first Chicago Health Impact Forum at the University Club of Chicago, together with Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MATTER, iBIO and PROPEL at the iBIO Institute.

Convening over 140 attendees, consisting of hand-selected innovators from biohealth, impact investors, institutional leaders and industry experts, we showcased 14 early-stage biohealth companies, alongside an powerful lineup of provocative keynotes and panels, and hosted several hours of social programming and partnering time, resulting in 376 high-level meetings over two days.

 Attendees convened at the University Club of Chicago for two days of powerful presentations, networking and social programming.
 
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Meet our Opening Keynote Speaker

Richard L. Lieber, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and SVP, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Dr. Lieber’s work is characterized by its interdisciplinary nature—an approach that is relevant to those who study biomechanics and Orthopaedic Surgery.  He has published over 250 articles in journals ranging from the very basic such as The Biophysical Journal and The Journal of Cell Biology to those more applied such as The Journal of Hand Surgery and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.  Dr. Lieber’s research focuses on design and plasticity of skeletal muscle.  Currently, he is developing state-of-the-art approaches to understanding muscle contractures that result from cerebral palsy, stroke and spinal cord injury.

 

Forum Schedule and Speakers

 

Tuesday  |  July 17, 2018

Opening Night Cocktail Reception

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM  |  Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Sky Lobby and Terrace Garden (10th Floor)

The opening reception is a member favorite. Join new and returning members for an evening of uninterrupted networking and meeting at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. 

Additionally, the AbilityLab will be providing exclusive tours for attendees, visiting the facility wet labs and research space, highlighting the facility's newest capabilities and work.

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Wednesday  |  July 18, 2018

Continental Breakfast and Registration

7:30 AM - 8:10 AM  |  Sky Lobby, 10th Floor, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Registered attendees may stop by the registration desk to collect Forum materials, consult with our Digital Services team on the use of Cavendish IQ for setting partnering meetings, sending messages, profile building, and to grab breakfast, ahead of opening remarks.

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Welcome from Cavendish

8:10 AM - 8:15 AM  |  J. Michael Moffat, Chairman, Cavendish Global

Cavendish Chairman, Michael Moffat, will open the general session of the Chicago Forum with remarks on the state of the Cavendish network, new announcements from the team and a call for collaboration and impact.

 

Welcome from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Opening Keynote Address

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM  |  Richard L. Lieber, PhD, CSO and SVP, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Details to be announced.

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Groundbreaking Discoveries and Innovations

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM  |  Cavendish Innovation Partners

Cavendish Innovation Partners, early-stage biohealth companies, will deliver impact presentations on their latest breakthroughs.

Are you interested in presenting at the Chicago Forum? Contact Gwen Snyder.

 

Partnering Meetings and Coffee Break

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM  |  Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Sky Lobby

Immediately following Innovation Partner impact presentations, members enjoy a break to grab coffee, meet one-on-one with fellow attendees and continue conversations with Innovation Partners on the details of their presentations.

Meetings may be set in advance on the Cavendish IQ digital platform. Interested in joining Cavendish IQ? Contact Gwen Snyder.

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Blockchain in BioHealth

10:45 AM - 11:30 PM  |  Moderated by Jason CrossAgraria Technologies

Blockchain experts and industry leaders will discuss the latest trends around the application of blockchain technology in biohealth, including opportunities and challenges for early-stage companies.

The Voice of the Patient

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM  |  Lili Gil Valletta, CEO & Co-Founder, CIEN+

Award-winning entrepreneur, business strategist, Hispanic market expert and media commentator, Lili Gil Valletta, will discuss the latest applications in data collection and interpretation, to understand and address the unmet needs of patients.

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Luncheon at the AbilityLab

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM  |  Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Sky Lobby

Break bread with fellow Cavendish members over a casual buffet lunch. Cavendish luncheons do not feature keynote speakers, leaving attendees uninterrupted to network, meet and dine.

 

Impact Investing with Philanthropic Capital

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM  |  Moderated by Peter McCrea, President, Cavendish Impact Foundation

In this third installment of a continuing panel series on impact investing, the Cavendish Impact Foundation's Peter McCrea joins philanthropic partner, ImpactAssets' Senior Engagement Officer, Sally Boulter, to discuss the latest strategies in impact investment using philanthropic capital, and how to approach and participate in transactions from the standpoints of donors and innovators.

 

Groundbreaking Discoveries and Innovations

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  |  Cavendish Innovation Partners

Cavendish Innovation Partners, early-stage biohealth companies, will deliver impact presentations on their latest breakthroughs.

Are you interested in presenting at the Chicago Forum? Contact Gwen Snyder.

 

Partnering Meetings and Coffee Break

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM  |  Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Sky Lobby

Immediately following Innovation Partner impact presentations, members enjoy a break to grab coffee, meet one-on-one with fellow attendees and continue conversations with Innovation Partners on the details of their presentations.

Meetings may be set in advance on the Cavendish IQ digital platform. Interested in joining Cavendish IQ? Contact Gwen Snyder.

 

Innovation in Chicago

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM  |  Panelists to be announced.

Led by Chicago's biohealth leaders, this panel will highlight the latest innovations emerging out of Chicago's leading research institutions. Panelists will discuss their own journeys in accelerating breakthroughs, while also touching upon their personal successes and challenges in fundraising.

 

Closing Keynote Address

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM  |  Irene Pritzker, President & CEO, IDP Foundation

IDP Foundation President and CEO, Irene Pritzker, will discuss her journey in philanthropy and impact investment. Details to be announced.

 

Evening Cocktail Reception and Tours

5:15 PM - 8:00 PM  |  Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Sky Lobby and Terrace Garden

General Session programming will close with an immediate opening of the Evening Cocktail Reception. Cavendish and Forum partners will deliver remarks, repeat the call for greater collaboration, innovation and impact, and highlight the upcoming 2018 Seattle Forum.

Additionally, the AbilityLab will be providing exclusive tours for attendees, visiting the facility wet labs and research space, highlighting the AbilityLab's newest capabilities and work.

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Interested in attending? Request your invitation today!