Health Supernova 2022 Health Supernova 2022
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Opening Remarks

- CDT
Room 101

Joseph Pancrazio
The University of Texas at Dallas, Vice President for Research and Innovation

Joseph J. Pancrazio earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, followed by a Master of Science and Doctorate in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia. He has a 30-year career spanning academia and federal government working in the fields of biosensors and neural engineering. Dr. Pancrazio currently serves as Vice President for Research and Professor of Bioengineering at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Prior to joining UTD in 2015 as Associate Provost, he served as the founding chair of Bioengineering at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA. Additionally, he worked with the federal government as a Material Scientist at the United States Naval Research Laboratory and as the Program Director for Neural Engineering at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington, DC in 2008. Dr. Pancrazio’s research focuses on the development of novel neural interface technology, which is used to understand and influence the brain and nervous system for the purposes of improving human health. In 2011, Dr. Pancrazio was elected to the College of Fellows in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a distinction reserved for the top 2% of professionals in the field.

Marc Nivet
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Executive Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Marc A. Nivet, EdD, MBA, has served as the Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement at UT Southwestern Medical Center since September 2016. A nationally renowned thought leader and highly regarded change agent, Dr. Nivet leads an extensive team that works to elevate awareness, improve engagement, and build relationships to advance the academic medical center’s mission. He has spent over 25 years in academic medicine, developing creative program initiatives and innovative approaches in support of research, medical education, and patient care. Prior to his role at UT Southwestern, Dr. Nivet was Chief Diversity Officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, consulting with medical schools and teaching hospitals on community engagement, diversity, and health equity. He also served as the COO and Treasurer for the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, which aligns workforce training with the dynamic needs of patients. Dr. Nivet earned his Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Business Administration degree with a focus on health care management from George Washington University’s School of Business. Dr. Nivet is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and a former President of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators. He currently serves the academic medicine community on a variety of boards and commissions. 


Partnership and community are central to Capital Factory’s mission, so it’s only fitting that two essential partners help us open the inaugural Health Supernova. As longtime leaders at title sponsors UT Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center, Drs. Pancrazio and Nivet will bring their seasoned perspectives to discuss the revolutionary growth driving biotech innovation across the state…and far beyond.

Hear their first-hand experiences in accelerating critical health research and technology development and the focal areas that are changing the face of healthcare and biotech. Walk away with insight on national healthcare and biotech priorities and the driving forces for investment and innovation across the health ecosystem.