We’re now officially less than one month away from the 2021 edition of Southeast Life Science’s flagship event, AdvanSE. The program is now complete. Please take a moment to meet our keynote speakers.  


Dr. Michal Preminger 

Head Eastern North America

Johnson & Johnson Innovation


Dr. Preminger will moderate our investor keynote lunch on Thursday, October 28. The investor panel will review data provided earlier in the day by Silicon Valley Bank, in addition to sharing how Covid has changed the life science investor landscape.


Michal is head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, East North America, located at the Innovation Centre in Boston. She leads a team building, advancing and managing the External R&D portfolio of co-investments spanning across the pharmaceutical, consumer health and medical devices sectors. 


Pierre Theodore

Vice President of Global Health

Johnson & Johnson


Pierre highlights our SE Color keynote panel on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. The panel will focus on health equity, particularly as it affects the bottom line for small and large companies. 


Pierre is a thoracic surgeon responsible for helping accelerate novel technologies to advance the standard of care in the surgical management of patients worldwide. He serves on the adjunct surgical faculty of Stanford Medical Center. He has over 20 years of experience in cardiothoracic surgery, surgical education and innovation with a focus on global surgery initiatives to expand surgical capacity in low and middle income countries.


Kim Mackrill


Mammoth Scientific


Kim will speak on Thursday as well as our Women @ SLS featured keynote session. She is co-founder of Mammoth Scientific, a health science and technology venture capital firm that announced the launch of a $100 million venture fund in June 2021.


Kim serves as the organizational integrator at Mammoth with a strong focus on aligning the interests of the investment advisor, fund manager, investors and portfolio company founders. Kim creates different processes to conceptualize and develop solutions for problems facing businesses and their customers. She helps portfolio companies integrate data and technology to help them deliver proprietary experiences for their customers. 


Dr. Vivian Lee

President of Health Platforms

Verily Life Sciences


Dr. Lee will deliver the AdvanSE 2021 closing keynote on Friday, October 29 at 12:30 p.m. Her talk will focus on solving the U.S. healthcare crisis and include an interview with Tina McKeon, Ph.D., a partner in the life science industry with Kilpatrick Townsend. 


Dr. Lee (M.D., Ph.D. and MBA) is author of The Long Fix: Solving America’s Health Care Crisis with Strategies that Work for Everyone (Norton). A physician and healthcare executive, Dr. Lee also serves as a senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School.


Sean Slovenski




Sean will deliver the morning keynote on Friday, October 29 at 8:30 a.m. Sean is a healthcare industry leader with over 30 years of experience. He is a proven senior executive and entrepreneur with experience in small, medium and large companies. Mr. Slovenski started his career helping to build, then lead, one of the nation’s first large-scale wellness efforts for Fortune 500 clients. Anticipating wide-spread usage of the Internet Sean pioneered the development and delivery of wellness coaching online by inventing the first-of-its-kind personal coaching product MyHealthCoach.com. He then co-founded and served as CEO of Hummingbird Coaching Services, which was acquired by Humana in 2010.


Are you ready to discover the best the southeast United States has to offer in life science innovation? Investors, are you ready to find your next investable opportunity? Innovators, are you ready to meet your next investors or solution providers? 




Register now for the 2021 edition of our flagship event, AdvanSE, October 27-29 at the Wild Dunes Hotel in Isle of Palms (Charleston), South Carolina. Note: ​​After careful consideration and consultation with internal and external health and safety experts, Southeast Life Sciences has decided to require all attendees and staff to be fully vaccinated* to attend the event.


Here is a look at the AdvanSE 2021 breakout sessions.


About Southeast Life Sciences


Born from the merger of the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) and Southeast Bio in 2019, Southeast Life mission is to cultivate, convene, and connect the Southeast entrepreneurial ecosystem to foster life science innovation & investment across the region for the greater good. We facilitate connections, conversations and capital investments through continuous networking, education and funding opportunities for life-science innovators of all shapes and sizes.