Global Summit

For Cancer Research and Entrepreneurship

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Co-Hosted by

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A Day to Celebrate Cancer Research Progress and Entrepreneurship

Summit Overview

New Frontiers For Cancer Research

Master of Ceremony: Mr. Lance Kawaguchi, Board Member of NFCR, Chairman of AFCR

8:45 – 8:55 am

Welcome Remarks

Sujuan Ba, Ph.D. | CEO of National Foundation for Cancer Research & CEO and Co-Founder of AIM-HI Accelerator Fund & Founder of AFCR

8:55 – 9:15 am

Keynote Presentation

To Be Announced

Session I: Molecular Approaches to Understand and Treat Cancer

9:15 – 10:45 am

Moderator: Dr. Web Cavenee, USCD and Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research

Panel Members:

Dr. Ken Anderson, Professor of Medicine, Harvard; Physician Oncology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dr. Teresa Davoli, Assistant Professor, Cancer Genetics and Genomics, New York University
Dr. Aaron N. Hata, Assistant Professor of Medicine; Harvard
Dr. Jeremiah Johnson, Professor of Chemistry; Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Suzanne Topalian, Professor of Oncology and Surgery, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Katherine Uyhazi, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania

10:45 -11:00 am: Coffee Break

Session II: New Approaches to Treat Breast and Pancreatic Cancer

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Grandis, University of California, San Francisco

Panel Members:

Dr. Lisa Coussens, Professor and Chair, Department of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology, Oregon Health and Sciences University
Dr. Daniel Haber, Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Dr. Courtney Houchen, Professor, Chief of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, Oklahoma University School of Medicine
Dr. Daniel Johnson, Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Kornelia Polyak, Professor of Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard
Dr. Xiang-Lei Yang, Professor of Molecular Biology and Medicine, Scripps Research

Closing Remarks: Mr. Lance Kagawuchi

AIM-HI Women’s Leadership Forum

Master of Ceremony: Ms. Rose Wang, Executive Advisor of AIM-HI

Opening Remarks: Dr. Sujuan Ba, CEO & Co-Founder, AIM-HI

Award presenting speech to introduce the 3 Finalists of the 2022 AIM-HI Women’s Venture Competition:

Pam Garzone & Raju Kucherlapati, Co-Chairs of the Competition Selection & Judging Committees
Presenting the Awards to the Top 3 Finalists:

    • Johanna Webb, President, RiverWalk Therapeutics
    • Revital Mandil-Levin, CEO & Co-Founder, Nanocarry Therapeutics
    • Rosa Hwang, Co-Founder, Stellanova Therapeutics

Award presenting speech to introduce the 2022 AIM-HI Women’s Beacon Award for Leadership in Oncology

  • Award Speech, winner of the 2022 AIM-HI Women’s Beacon Award for Leadership in Oncology (To Be Announced)

AIM-HI Portfolio Companies Showcase

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Welcome and Opening Remarks: 

Dr. Sujuan Ba, CEO of NFCR, Co-Founder of AIM-HI & Founder of AFCR

Dr. Lou Lieto, Partner, Patents and Innovations, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Critical Intellectual Property Protection Strategies & Common Pitfalls for Early-stage Companies

Panel Discussion: Opportunities & Challenges Facing Leadership of Early-stage Oncology Companies

Moderator: John Stanford, Executive Director, Incubate

Panel Members:

Pritesh Gandhi, CEO, TellBio
Manijeh Goldberg, CEO, Privo Technologies
Vlad Hogenhuis, CEO, Chimera Bioengineering
John Luk, CEO of Arbele Bio
Ken Malone, CEO, Rasio Therapeutics

Closing Remarks:  Dr. Alfred Slanetz, Chairman of the NFCR

Szent-Györgyi Prize Award Ceremony

Black Tie Optional

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Cocktail Reception

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Dinner Awards Ceremony

Master of Ceremony: Mr. Lance Kawaguchi, Board Member of NFCR, Chairman of AFCR & CEO of CBCF

Moment of Silence

Welcome and Opening Remarks:  Dr. Sujuan Ba, CEO of NFCR and Co-Chair of the 2022 Selection Committee for the Szent-Györgyi Prize

Keynote Presentation: To Be Announced

Introduction of the 2022 Szent-Györgyi Prize Winner and Award Trophy Presentation:  Dr. Mark Davis and Dr. Tak Mak, Co-Chairs of the 2022 Selection Committee for the Szent-Györgyi Prize

2022 Szent-Györgyi Prize Winner Award Speech:  Rakesh K. Jain, Edwin L. Steele Laboratories for Tumor Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Andrew Werk Cook Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School

Cancer Research Advocate and Cancer Survivor:  Katie Banovich and her son, Greyson 

Acknowledgments & Closing Remarks:  Lance Kawaguchi


Sponsorship Opportunities

Inquiries regarding sponsorship of our Global Summit for Cancer Research and Entrepreneurship event can be made by e-mail at or by phone at 1-800-321-CURE (2873).

Raju Kucherlapati

“The Women’s Leadership Forum was spectacular and the chemistry between all of the people on the podium and the energy was wonderful. It was inspirational to all and especially young women who were there and might have been watching.”

-Dr. Raju Kucherlapati, Paul C. Cabot Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School and 2021 Precision Medicine in Cancer Panel Moderator

“Absolutely wonderful, inspirational meeting…thanks so much to everyone involved and to NFCR for making it possible for us to get together. I am grateful to be included!”

-Monica Bertagnolli, M.D., Professor, Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Former President of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and 2021 Women’s Leadership Panel Participant


Monica Bertagnolli

Click here to see details about the sessions of our 2021 Global Summit.

All sessions from our 2021 Gobal Summit are now available on-demand on our Oncology Metaverse. 2022 Virtual participants will also be able to join the meeting from here.