Tri-Valley Life Sciences Summit

The Tri-Valley Life Sciences Summit Is Unchained!

October 18, 2023  |  5:00 – 8:00pm  |  Unchained Labs  |  Pleasanton, CA

The program begins with a networking reception so attendees can mingle, meet colleagues, and make new connections. he program opens with welcoming remarks from Tim Harkness, founder and CEO of Unchained Labs, followed by a brief survey of the State of Tri-Valley Life Sciences from Yolanda Fintschenko of Startup Tri-Valley.

We will then welcome Apton Biosystems CEO John Hanna to the stage for a fireside chat discussing the key steps that prepared Tri-Valley Ventures-funded Apton Biosystems for the merger with PacBio. This will be followed by a panel discussion with Tri-Valley life sciences entrepreneurs and ecosystem leaders from emerging life sciences hot spots in the Tri-Valley in synthetic biology and therapeutics.

Connect with the Tri-Valley life sciences ecosystem.

Almost 200 local life sciences entrepreneurs and professionals attended the 2022 Tri-Valley Life Sciences Summit. View the 2022 program and sponsors here

Event Schedule

The Summit is designed to give busy professionals concrete takeaways they can incorporate into their work immediately, as well as plenty of opportunities to connect with peers. This year we have structured the program to provide high-value content for early-stage startups as well as high-growth, later-stage companies. A snapshot of the agenda is to to the right (or below).

5:00 PM


5:45 PM

Welcome – Tim Harkness, CEO, Unchained Labs

6:00 pm

Life Sciences Investment Landscape – Yolanda Fintschenko, Executive Director, i-GATE Innovation Hub

6:00 PM

Keynote – Fireside Chat with John Hanna, CEO of Apton Biosystems moderated by Tim Harkness.

6:30 PM

Panel Discussion with Life Sciences Entrepreneurs

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Closing Remarks and Networking

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

Tim Harkness headshot

Tim Harkness


John Hanna - Apton Biosystems

John Hanna


Landon Merrill

Landon Merrill


Sam Rad, Phd

Sam Rad


Ted Tarasow

Ted Tarasow


John Stattler

John Stattler, JD



Who should attend?
Scientists, technologists, investors and business professionals working in industries that include or intersect with the life sciences who are entrepreneurs or have entrepreneurial ambitions.

Why should I attend?
This event is designed to relay information, inspiration, and create networking opportunities for the speakers and attendees.

How can I contact the organizers with any questions?
Please complete our contact form.

How do I register for the summit?
Head over to our Eventbrite.

How do I become a sponsor?
Please visit our Sponsorship Page

2023 Sponsors & Affiliates

We are honored to partner with leading firms in the Tri-Valley who have demonstrated their commitment to growing the life sciences ecosystem in the region.



Presenting Sponsors

2023 Tri-Valley Life Sciences Summit
2023 Tri-Valley Life Sciences Summit
Metcon logo


East Bay Bio Network logo
Startup trivalley logo color
California Life Sciences Logo

Ecosystem Sponsors

JLL logo
Engine room logo

Event Sponsors

Laboratory Equipment Company
Daybreak Labs logo
LifeFoundry logo
Inscripta logo
AegisBio logo
CoBuild logo

2023 TVLSS Organizers

Brandon Cardwell

Brandon Cardwell

Innovation & Economic Development Director, City of Livermore
Yolanda Fintschenko, Ph.D.

Yolanda Fintschenko, Ph.D.

Mitch Hertz

Mitch Hertz

Executive Director at Cushman & Wakefield
Janelle Muranaka

Janelle Muranaka

Vice President of Operations at Meissa Vaccines
Greg Hitchan

Greg Hitchan

Co-Founder/Managing Partner at Tri-Valley Ventures
Mitch Levinson

Mitch Levinson

Chief Strategy Officer & Board Member at Pulse Biosciences
Morgan Pegus-Thomas

Morgan Pegus-Thomas

Manager of Marketing & Programs at California Life Sciences (CLS)

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

Office/R&D Leasing and Sales Advisor at Cushman & Wakefield


Unchained Labs will host the Tri-Valley Life Sciences Summit at their headquarters in Pleasanton, CA.

Unchained Labs

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