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2010-11 Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conference series begins with focus on health care reform

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Speakers will include Nick Littlefield, Sen. Edward Kennedy's top aide

Aug. 16, 2010

EDITORS: A complete program schedule, links to the participants' biographies and directions are available at

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The successful Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conference Series will begin its fifth year in Indianapolis with a look at the future impact of the Health Reform Bill enacted in March.

Everyone involved with the U.S. health care system and its major stakeholders, including patients, is gauging the sweeping impact of the legislation. The conference will feature presentations by representatives from policymakers and Indiana's life science industry.

Nick Littlefield, former chief of staff to health care reform's champion, the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, is among the participants at the conference, which will take place 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sept. 17, at the Indiana University/Clarian Education and Resource Center, Fairbanks Hall, 340 W. 10th Street, in Indianapolis. The conference series is presented by the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and its Center for the Business of Life Sciences, BioCrossroads and Duke Energy.

"As government works to implement the provisions of the health care reform legislation, ramifications of the bill are becoming more understood, and more questions are being raised as to the appeal and viability of a number of its provisions," said George Telthorst, director of the Center for the Business of Life Sciences in IU's Kelley School of Business. "This conference will update attendees on the latest that is now understood about the bill, how things are likely to shake out if things remain unchanged, and possible modifications in the future.

"We are thrilled to have someone who was intimately involved in the discussions and campaign for approval of this legislation that was so vitally important to Sen. Kennedy and his legacy," Telthorst added. "Mr. Littlefield is in a unique position to talk about the balancing of all the interests that were required to secure the bill's passage."

The Sept. 17 event is the first in a series of four conferences. The cost is $90 or $320 for the entire series. Other events in the series will take place Nov. 19 at Cook headquarters in Bloomington, and Feb. 25 in Indianapolis at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, and May 13 also in Indianapolis at the IU School of Medicine's Walther Hall Auditorium. Registration and additional information is available online at or by contacting Kelli Conder at the Kelley School at 812-856-0915 or

Following registration and networking from 8 to 9 a.m., Robert Brown, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Eli Lilly and Co., will offer introductory comments.

Brown will be followed by the first panel, "The Present from a Manufacturer's Perspective." Robert McDonald, president of Aledo Consulting Inc., will moderate. Panelists will be Jay Bonditt, vice president, federal government affairs at Eli Lilly and Co.; Christopher Cerone, vice president, government affairs at Zimmer; and Timothy Franson, senior vice president of B&D Consulting.

A second morning panel discussion, "The Present from a Provider's and Payer's Perspective," will be moderated by Patrick Cross, a partner in Baker and Daniels LLP and its health care and life sciences practice leader. Panelists will be Robert Hillman, president and general manager, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana; Ronald Stiver, senior vice president for engagement and external affairs at Clarian Health; and Michael Rinebold, director of government relations at the Indiana State Medical Association.

Neil Picket, director of health policy research at Clarian Health, will introduce Littlefield, the lunch speaker. Littlefield, who today is a partner in the Boston and Washington law firm Foley Hoag LLP, will speak on the topic, "How We Got Here and Where It Could Go."

The final panel discussion will follow lunch, and is simply titled, "The Future." Vincent Ventimiglia, senior vice president of B&D Consulting, will moderate. Panelists will be Mike Ripley, vice president for health care policy at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce; Kenneth Weixel, U.S. managing partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP and senior advisor at the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions; and Nancy Davenport-Ennis, chief executive officer and president of the National Patient Advocate Foundation.

At about 3 p.m., Telthorst will wrap up the day's discussions.

Other financial sponsors are AIT Laboratories; Aledo Consulting; Anson Group; Baker & Daniels LLP; Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Beckman Coulter, Inc.; BSA Life Structures; Clarian Health Ventures; Cook Medical; Commissioning Agents Inc.; Eli Lilly and Co.; Indiana Health Information Exchange; Ice Miller LLP; the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute; the IU School of Medicine; Mead Johnson Nutrition; Meyer Najem;' Purdue University; Symmetry Medical; Taft Stettinius and Zimmer.

Brochure sponsors are Cabello Associates, Inc.; and Miles Printing on Plastics. Marketing sponsors are BioConvergence LLC; Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership; Covidien Imaging Solutions; Deloitte Center for Health Solutions; Indiana Healthcare Businesswoman's Association; Indiana Health Industry Forum; IU College of Arts and Sciences; IU Research and Technology Corp.; the Kelley School's Evening MBA Program; the Kelley School of Business Alumni Association; IU Maurer School of Law; IU Office for the Vice President for Engagement; OrthoWorx; and the University of Notre Dame.

More information about the Center for the Business of Life Sciences is available online at

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