iC3 Summit 2018

BionorthTX™, the leading life science industry association for the North Texas region, held its Fourth Annual iC3 Life Science Summit on Wednesday October 10, 2018 at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Over 230 industry, local government, and university leaders were in attendance at the day-long event with presentations focused on the themes of Innovation, Collaboration, Capital Formation and Commercialization.

The Summit opened with remarks from Vistasp Karbhari, President of University of Texas at Arlington and the breakfast plenary session featuring a discussion of the state of the Texas life sciences industry and issues with Tom Kowalski, president and CEO of the Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute.

Other presentations included a panel on Startups and Entrepreneurship, North Texas Community Leadership, Connectivity with Big Companies and Constituencies in our Life Science Community, Local Leaders and Why They Lead, and The Other Biotech: Plant-based Technologies.

See highlights from the summit in the video here, Fourth Annual iC3 Summit.  

Dennis K. Stone Award

The Dennis K. Stone Award is presented annually by bionorthTX to an individual who has positively affected quality of life by raising awareness and funds for life science research, who has impacted innovation to bring discoveries to commercial relevance, and who has given back to their community and those in the scientific field as a supporter, mentor, leader, or educator.

At a minimum, this individual will possess the following attributes:

  • Will have served as an active champion of the region as a place to build successful life science businesses.
  • Will have contributed to the formation or growth of a North Texas-based life science business.
  • Will have generously contributed their time or money to help the North Texas life science community.
  • Will have inspired or mentored others to make their own contribution to the North Texas life science industry.

Past recipients of the Dennis Stone Award (originally known as the Double Helix Award):

2015 – Phil Ralston, CEO and Co-Founder of MacuCLEAR.

2016 – Dennis K. Stone, Chief Scientific Officer of Remeditex Ventures.

2017 – Lyda Hill, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur (Dennis K. Stone Award).

2018 – Darlene M. Boudreaux, Executive Director for TechFW from 2006 – September 2018.

Each year, beginning in January, bionorthTX will release a call for nominations from the general public of North Texas.  This will be announced through local media, academic institution and corporate communications, local business leadership communications, and the bionorthTX newsletters and website.  Nominations will be sent to the administrator of bionorthTX, along with a biographical sketch and supporting information.  Nominee information will be submitted to the Board of Directors of bionorthTX for polling and final vote. Selection results will be completed and announced by early September of each year.  The Award will be presented at the annual iC3 Life Science Summit in October.

Our appreciation goes to Kay Tieman for the vision to initiate this award and for guiding the early selection process.  Her vision has culminated in the establishment of a prestigious award honoring those who demonstrate a profound and positive influence on our lives in North Texas.

Our appreciation goes to Helen Hobbs, M.D.  Helen is a brilliant researcher in the field of lipid metabolism and cardiology.  She was married to the late Dennis Stone. In her presentation of the Dennis Stone Award to Ms. Lyda Hill, Helen presented a masterful description of the purpose of the Award and the impact that it’s recipient has had on lives in our region.  In her summary, Dr. Hobbs stated that “One would be hard pressed to find someone more worthy than Lyda Hill for this award.  No one would be happier than my late husband, Dennis Stone, that the first recipient of his namesake award would be Lyda Hill”. 

Dr. Hobbs’ script can be found our website, and it provides a rich description of significance of the award.

The Award is an original double helix design by artist MK Shannon of California.  Her work is extensive and her various awards have been presented for a host of crowning achievements.   This piece is cast in pewter and silver and gold-plated.

To learn more about this prestigious award, email your enquiries to info@bionorthtx.org.