Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM (EDT)
Topic: Life Sciences Landscape in Pennsylvania
Speaker: Michael Wolf, Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health
The life science industry is one of the keys to Pennsylvania's economic competitiveness. Over the past several years a convergence of policy along with public and private partnerships had led to the growth of the life sciences in Pennsylvania. The next Innovation Cafe on May 8 features Michael Wolf, Acting Secretary at the Pennsylvania Department of Health, one of the nation's leading public health agencies with a budget of more than $838 million. Wolf will discuss the current life sciences landscape in Pennsylvania. His experience in public service, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries and business development provide a broad background on the history, current state and future of life sciences in Pennsylvania.
About the Speaker:
Wolf was appointment by Governor Tom Corbett as Acting Secretary of the Department of Health in October 2012. The department is responsible for regulating hospitals, nursing homes and various other health care facilities, while supporting public health and prevention initiatives.
As the commonwealth's top regulator, Wolf is committed to modernizing Pennsylvania's health care system. Recent efforts are being made to increase access to health care in rural and underserved areas by providing additional medical services, increasing funding to community health care centers, improving telemedicine and expanding programs that help attract and retain health care practitioners. Wolf's vision of Pennsylvania is one where every resident has access to affordable, high-quality health care regardless of what area of the commonwealth they reside.
Wolf is a Pennsylvania native who previously served as the Executive Deputy Secretary for the department, providing operational oversight and managing the strategic direction of the agency. Prior to his return to public service, he was Director, Worldwide Public Affairs and Policy for Pfizer, the world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company. In this role, he was responsible for company relations with Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Puerto Rico's government relations, as well as, with state biotechnology trade associations. Wolf has also served as a government relations and company development consultant to the Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania and BioAdvance, an early stage venture capital organization specializing in start-up biotechnology companies.