Josh Schiffman – Keynote

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We are honored to have Dr. Joshua Schiffman as our keynote speaker at this years Investors Choice Conference.  He will be talking about new discoveries that could lead to curing cancer!!  So exciting!

Dr. Joshua Schiffman is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital and Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah.  He attended the Brown University School of Medicine, followed by pediatric residency, chief residency, and pediatric hematology-oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine.  While at Stanford, he began their Pediatric Cancer Genetics Program.  Dr. Schiffman has been on the faculty at the University of Utah since 2008, where he is a Professor in Pediatrics and an Adjunct Professor in Oncological Sciences, he also holds the inaugural Edward B. Clark, MD Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research. Dr. Schiffman directs a translational genomics laboratory at HCI to identify who develops cancer and why.  Most recently, Dr. Schiffman teamed up with collaborators from across the globe to compare the functional genomics of different species across the animal kingdom to guide cancer research.  Dr. Schiffman published a landmark paper in JAMA about the genetic mechanism of cancer resistance in elephants. This work was featured as a cover story in Newsweek, as well as in over 20,000 different print and television.  Dr. Schiffman recently co-founded PEEL Therapeutics with Dr. Avi Schroeder, chemical engineer from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.  Using patented nanotechnology drug delivery, PEEL Therapeutics will deliver the elephant cancer resistance genes directly to patients for cancer treatment and prevention.  PEEL Therapeutics has just begun their first series round of funding.

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About the Author:

The Wayne Brown Institute was founded by the late Dr. Wayne Brown in 1983. Dr. Brown held positions in mechanical engineering and served as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Utah. In addition to his academic postings, he was a founder of Kenway Engineering (HK Systems), TerraTek, NPI (Agridyne Technologies), the Utah Innovation Center (the world’s first venture accelerator/incubator) and Utah Ventures (now Pelion Partners, Utah’s first and largest venture fund). By virtue of his academic, government, and business background, Dr. Brown was a leading authority in technological innovation and entrepreneurship. Many of the world’s science/research parks, innovation centers, and incubators have their roots with Dr. Brown. In addition to his many accomplishments, he has affected the role of government in innovation and entrepreneurship as the architect with Roland Tibbitts of the national Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Later, as head of the State’s Science Council he spearheaded legislation to create the Utah Technology Finance Corporation (UTFC, now Innoventures), and Utah’s Centers of Excellence program. He successfully negotiated with the U. S. government to obtain military land for the establishment of the University of Utah’s Research Park, and key in the establishment of the USU Research Park and Timpanogos technology Park in Orem (Novell campus). His knowledge, experience and passion live on in the Wayne Brown Institute, its staff, its investor-led Board, and its countless supporters.