Past Events

August, 2012

Wednesday, August 22
7:30pm – 10:30pm

"SUMMER SOCIAL 2012 - Celebrating 10 years of FWLSC:
 Quarterly Events - Constant Relevance

June, 2012

Wednesday, June 13
7:30pm – 10:30pm


A moderated panel discussion addressing the applications, importance, and techniques of technical, scientific, and medical writing

Patricia M. Cappelletti, MS
Manager Global Safety, Ret.
Alcon R & D

April, 2012

Wednesday, Arpil 25
7:30pm – 10:30pm


a moderated panel discussion addressing the integration of electronic devices into personal and scientific lives.

Patricia M. Cappelletti, MS
Manager Global Safety, Ret.
Alcon R & D

March, 2012 - March 29, 2012, in Plano TX at the Alcatel-Lucent Gravity Center (above the AT&T Foundry), 2900 W Plano Pkwy,  75075: Innovation Strategies; "The MIT Enterprise Forum of Dallas / Fort-Worth has prepared an evening of discussion with our innovation experts. Executives and entrepreneurs alike will be presented with solutions to develop these innovation strategies.  More information is available at (French American Chamber of Commerce) - April 13, 2012, 7:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Dallas, TX at the new Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center:   Second Annual Life Sciences Symposium themed Pharmaceutical Joint Ventures and Licensing: Opportunities & Challenges. - June 10-13, 2012 in Fort Worth, TX.  from the Chirality 2012 website: "The 24th International Symposium on Chirality (Chirality 2012) in Fort Worth, Texas is proud to feature prominent scientists from around the world.  The plenary lectures will be presented by Professor E.J. Corey and Professor Ron Breslow."

December, 2011

Wednesday, December 14
7:30pm – 10:30pm


a moderated panel discussion among local experts

Gareth Hughes, PhD, MBA
President and CEO
Medical Nanotechnologies, Inc.

Andras G. Lacko, PhD
Dept. of Molecular Biol./Immunology

H. F. Tibbals, PhD
Director, Bioinstrumentation
Ofc. of the Dean of Basic Research
and Vice Provost
UTSW Medical Center

Patricia M. Cappelletti, MS
Manager Global Safety, Ret.
Alcon R & D

August, 2011

Wednesday, August 17
7:30pm – 10:30pm

Summer Social

June, 2011

Wednesday, jUNE 8
7:30pm – 10:30pm

"Hot Topics in Microscopy"

Instrumentation is a significant aspect of nearly every science, yet its role is often overlooked or even minimized. Join us for an interesting program on scientific instrumentation's origins - and what to expect in the future.

Confirmed Speakers:
Zane Marek
Sales Manager & N. American Product Mgr.
E-beam Lithography Systems

Zygmunt (Karol) Gryczynski, Ph.D.
Tex Moncrief Jr. Chair & Professor of Physics Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, TCU & Director, Center for Commercialization of Fluorescence Technologies (CCFT) Dept. of Molecular Biology and Immunology, UNTHSC

Barbara Foster
President and Sr. Consultant
The Microscopy & Imaging Place

Patricia M. Cappelletti, MS

Manager, Post-Market Surveillance
Alcon R&D

fEBRUARY, 2011

Wednesday, February 23
7:30pm – 10:30pm

"From Behemoth to Barely Visible: The Evolution and Future of Scientific Instrumentation"

Instrumentation is a significant aspect of nearly every science, yet its role is often overlooked or even minimized. Join us for an interesting program on scientific instrumentation's origins - and what to expect in the future.

Confirmed Speakers:
Dan Quinn
Regional Instrumentation Manager
National Instruments

Greg Crouch
Life Science Business Development Director
National Instruments

William R Buras
Director, Life Sciences R+D
Tietronix Software Inc.

Pat M. Cappelletti, MS

Manager, Post-Market Surveillance
Alcon R&D

December, 2010

Wednesday, December 8
7:30pm – 10:30pm

"Hot Topics in Veterinary Science"
Moderated Panel Discussion Among Local Experts

August, 2010

Wednesday, August 11
7:30pm – 10:30pm

"Life Sciences: The Science of LIFE"
Summer Social and Photo Contest

Photo Contest Rules: 
One entry/category per person. Categories: Systems(Zoology, Herpetology, Ecology, etc.) & Components (Subcellular, Biomolecular, Nanomaterials etc.). 8x10" framed or unframed. Sign up to join the contest by e-mailing to - deadline Friday August 6th, and bring your entry to the eventWinners will be announced at the event. The decisions of the judges are final. 

June , 2010

Wednesday, June 2
7:30pm – 10:30pm

"You Told Them What???"Protecting intellectual property in a fast-moving, multi-disciplinary, information-laden world

Q & A Session with

John A. Fortkort, Esq.
Fortkort + Houston, P.C.
Austin TX

April, 2010

Wednesday, April 14
7:30pm – 10:30pm

"Hot Topics in Sports Medicine and Technology"

December, 2009

Wednesday, December 9
7:30pm – 10:30pm

"We're Here"
A unique program to inform the local life sciences community of the resources available in the Metroplex.

Arts 5th Avenue 1628 5th Ave

Abstract: It's no secret that our local life sciences community, although growing, is still quite fragmented. As recently as a few months ago, erroneous public statements that North Texas does not have the resources to bring projects to fruition were rampant. Unfortunately, many still believe this.

In order to begin closing the gaps between perception and reality - in all aspects of local life sciences- "We're Here" will showcase Metroplex resources.

Procedure: The evening will start off as all our FWLSC events, but the program will be 'pitches' by organizations/corporations/inventors/investors/scientists/companies seeking to fill positions, etc., who will speak for 2minutes each about what they do, what they can provide and, if applicable, what they're looking for in this area**.

August, 2009

Wednesday, August 26
7:30pm – 10:30pm

Summer Social 2009

June, 2009

Wednesday, June 3
7:30pm – 10:30pm

"Stress! Everyone Has Stress! What It Actually Is, What It Does To Your Body, and What to Do About It"

Arts 5th Avenue 1628 5th Ave
NW corner of 5th and Allen Avenues in the Fairmount Southside Historic District of Fort Wort

Co - Sponsorship opportunities still available!

Many thanks to our Sponsor: Fresnel Technologies, Inc.
and Supporting organizations:
Dallas Forum for BioMedical Technology (
The Health Industry Council (
bioDFW (
NTEC, Inc. (
TechFortWorth ( and
venue info only -

April, 2009

Wednesday, April 8
7:30pm – 10:30pm


Scientific Method, Experiment Design, Data Assessment and Reworking in the Complex World of Traditional and High-Throughput Science

Confirmed Panelists:
Mary E. Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Physics - TWU

Nelson E. Claytor, Ph.D.
Fresnel Technologies, Inc.

Jeffery P. Demuth, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biology - UTA

Pat Cappelletti, MS
Product Safety Postmarket Surveillance - Alcon R&D

December, 2008

Wednesday, December 3
7:30pm – 10:30pm

Ubiquitous, Indispensable, Fascinating –
A moderated panel discussion will present these amazing

Genomics, Proteomics, Informatics and more!

August, 2008

Wednesday, August 27
7:30pm – 10:30pm

Summer Social 2008: It's Who You Know III featuring Scroll-a-rama Scroll that will run throughout the event!

June, 2008

Wednesday, June 4
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The American Chemical Society Dallas-Fort Worth Local Section and the Fort Worth Life Sciences Coalition invite you to our co-hosted Science Café Event

MRSA and Beyond:
Resistant and Hospital-Acquired Infections - and what we can do about them

February, 2008

Wednesday, February 13
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm


Moderated Panel Discussion among local experts.

December, 2007

Wednesday, December 5
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Hot Topics in Neurology: Stroke, Alzheimer's Disease, Pain

Featuring a Panel of Local Experts:

J. David Orr, D.O.
Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Neurology Assoc. of Arlington, PA, & Clinical Assoc. Professor of Neurology

James Simpkins Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair
Department of Pharmacology & Neuroscience

Mary Hannaman, MD
Private Pain R&D, Formerly President of Neurodigm

Moderated by Ms. Pat Cappelletti, MS of Alcon Labs

August, 2007

Thursday, August 16
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm


June, 2007

Wednesday, June 27
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

"Projected Life Sciences Employment Opportunities in the Metroplex"

April, 2007

Thursday, April 26
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

"I Like You, I Really Like You
– and Even if I Don't We Can Still Do Business!"

December, 2006

Thursday, December 7
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

"Everything You Wanted to Know About BioTech – But Were Afraid to Ask!"

A panel of experts will answer your Life Sciences/BioTech questions.

Novemober, 2006

Wednesday, November 15

Dallas Forum for BioMedical Technology.
"The Midas Rex Story" will be presented in a Fort Worth location.

Keep an eye on for more info.
This program will be fascinating because in 1998, Midas Rex was bought by Medtronic!

October, 2006

Thursday, October 19
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Xilas Medical: Story of an ETF Recipient

Speaker: Don Lawson, CEO, Xilas Medical
Hosted by UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth
3400 Camp Bowie Blvd Center for BioHealth, CBH-201
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Wednesday, October 25
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

NTEC, Inc. Presents MedTech North Texas Breakfast Series

MedTech Innovation and Investment: Working With Doctors and Hospitals

In the medical device industry, the acceptance of your product by physicians, clinics, and hospitals is a prerequisite to success. However, it is often difficult to access these healthcare service professionals whose insights are critical to your business. We invite you to join NTEC and our supporters as we host a breakfast panel discussion with the following physicians and hospital administrators who will share with attendees their experiences as entrepreneurs, investors, development partners, buyers, and users of medical devices:

Phil Buttell, Chief Operating Officer, Centennial Medical Center in Frisco
Ramon Guerrero, M.D., Board Certified Anesthesiologist and founder of IntraSafe Medical
Jimmy Laferney, M.D., Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Vice-President for Medical Staff Affairs at Baylor Medical Center at Frisco
Richard Yonker, Vice President, Corporate Sourcing for Tenet Healthcare
Jeff Crilley, Emmy Award Winning TV Reporter, will open the program with inside secrets to getting positive publicity without spending a dime.

September, 2006

Wednesday, September 6
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Dallas Forum For BioMedical Technology
Topic: "Guess I'm Now a Serial Entrpreneur"
Speaker:Jim Lafferty, Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Genesis BioSystems.


Thursday, September 14
7:30 am – 8:00 am

6th Annual Health & Technology Forum
Registration: 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Program: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
DFW Marriott Las Colinas Hotel
223 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Irving, Texas


Thursday, September 21
7:30 am – 8:00 am

BioDFW – "Prognosis for Growth in Medical Devices: A Semiconductor Perspective"
Speaker: Doug Rasor, Vice President, Manager of Worldwide Strategic Marketing for Texas Instruments

August, 2006

Thursday, August 17
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The Fort Worth Life Sciences Coalition
"It's Who You Know II - Summer Social 2006"


July, 2006

Wednesday, July 12
7:00 am – 8:30 am

The Dallas Forum for BioMedical Technology's Event

Will Feature Charles R. McConachie, Esq. of Simpson, Woolley McConachie
speaking on, Legal Considerations in Medical Product Research
For more info contact Connie L. Luthy, Ph.D. MBA via email:

June, 2006

Wednesday, June 21
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The Fort Worth Life Sciences Coalition invites you to attend our Summer 2006 Event
"What to Expect When You're Investing"
Featuring a panel discussion comparing and contrasting Life Sciences and Traditional Investing- Information for the Curious, the Intrepid and the Terrified.

Laurence D. Briggs
President, The InvestIN Forum

Robert I. Kramer, MD
CEO, Decision Health & Sr. Medical Advisor to NTEC

Moderator - Ms. Pat Cappelletti, MS, Alcon Laboratories

May, 2006

Thursday, May 18
7:30 am – 9:00 am


MedTrials Incorporated

Robin Newman, Chief Scientific Officer, MedTrials Incorporated

Tuesday, May 23
8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Medical Device Action Alliance Seminar:

Westin Hotel DFW Airport (formerly The Harvey Hotel)
4545 W John Carpenter Freeway - Irving

8:30 to 9:00 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 to 10:00 a.m. - A Global Industry that Demands a Global Presence presented by Paul Rudisill, CEO, MCC Healthcare Group

10:00 to 11:00 a.m. - Fuel-Powered and Electrically - Powered Artificial Muscles presented by Dr. Ray Baughman, Professor, UT Dallas

11:00 to Noon - Distribution Pipeline - speakers to be confirmed

Noon to 2:00 p.m. - Keynote Address by Chris Chavez, CEO of Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, a division of St. Judes

March, 2006

Wednesday, March 8

The meeting of the Dallas Forum for BioMedical Technology. "DEVELOPING EARLY-STAGE INVENTIONS"

Jo-An Weddle, Director
SBDC for Enterprise Excellence

"Who Are You/What Is Your Product?"
Connie L. Luthy, PhD, MBA, Medical Product Innovation

"Don't Wear Too Many Hats!"
Denise Lynn Merkle, PhD, SciConsult Incorporated

"Leveraging Investor Dollars with Government Funds"
Fred Patterson, The Commercialization Funding Coach

TOUR Bill J. Priest Institute
starting at 9:00AM

Why are some start-up companies successful in developing products while others aren't? Understanding the fundamentals of early stage intellectual property-based product development is the underlying theme for this workshop, which will include handouts. Come hear what these early stage technology development professionals have learned that can help your company be successful.

February, 2006

Thursday, February 23
7:30pm 10:30 pm

The Fort Worth Life Sciences Coalition invites you to attend our RESCHEDULED Winter 2005 Event...

"Hot Topics in Local Biomedicine"

"The Role of Stem Cells in Tissue Engineering"
S. Dan Dimitrijevich, Ph.D. - Associate Research Professor
Department of Integrative Physiology
The University of North Texas Health Science Center @ FW

"Medicinal Plants as a Source of Leads for Drug Development"
Manfred G. Reinecke, Ph.D - Professor of Chemistry
Texas Christian University

"A New Approach to Chemotherapy Using Selective DNA Damaging Agents"
Frederick M. MacDonnell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Director, Center for Nanostructured Materials
The University of Texas at Arlington

January, 2006

January 19: The BIODFW Breakfast Series: Texas Emerging Technology Fund: Round One Applicants are Funded, Now What? Featuring Expert Panelists. Registration, more information, and schedules for other Metroplex events are available at