Day 1: Monday, July 29, 2019
- 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Materials Science in Space Workshop (Invitation Only)
- 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
SGAC/AAS Next Generation Workshop
The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the American Astronautical Society (AAS) will present a one-day, next-generation workshop to bring together perspectives from both leaders and young professionals in the space sector. The event will address new ventures, international collaboration, public outreach programs, and scientific missions in space.
- 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
ESA Workshop – Business in Space Growth Network
The European Space Agency (ESA) has outlined a broad vision toward a new low Earth orbit (LEO) and lunar economy. As part of this vision, ESA aims to create an ecosystem of service providers and customers to commercialize the International Space Station (ISS), post-ISS platforms, and future lunar activities.
The Business in Space Growth Network (BSGN), an international consortium geared toward international users and suppliers, is proposed as part of this effort. BSGN will leverage existing and new organizations to build demand for LEO opportunities, particularly around the ISS, and bridge the gap between demand and the organizations that can service those needs.
ESA seeks to engage parties interested in being part of any future network.
- 1:00 – 3:00 PM
ISS Opportunity Workshop For Future Users
This future users’ workshop features the incredible science and technology projects being conducted on the ISS and the importance of creating opportunities for future researchers. Innovation is crucial to accommodate global needs, and this workshop will explain the unique benefits of space-based research and technology development. In this workshop, prospective researchers, entrepreneurs, and Fortune 500 representatives will learn about the resources and accessibility of the world’s only orbiting laboratory.
- 1:00 – 3:15 PM
Joint Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)-NASA Workshop
Private entities are crucial utilization partners on the International Space Station (ISS),functioning as service providers, facility developers,and ISS users.Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)and NASA have been cooperating to maximize the results from ISS utilization through the JP-U.S.Open Platform Partnership Program (JP-US OP3) and have conducted joint workshops in both Japan and the U.S. This joint workshop will include a discussion of the private sector’s role in ISS utilization,and companies from both countries will highlight their in-orbit accomplishments and potential contributions to international partnerships such as the JP-US OP3.
- 3:15 – 5:15 PM
IP Workshop (Invitation only)
- 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Tissue Engineering Regenerative Medicine Workshop
Over the past few years, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and commercial partners have put forth large amounts of funding toward life science research onboard the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, specifically around the area of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The goal of this research is to understand how the microgravity environment of the space station impacts stem cell behavior, the growth of 3D cell culture, the construction of complex tissues, and disease modeling. Attend this workshop to learn more about these research activities and participate in shaping the future of this important research. We will also discuss specific areas of research and capabilities that will enable further utilization of the ISS.
- 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Networking Reception and Marketplace Expo
DAY 2: Tuesday, July 30, 2019
- 7:00 – 8:15 AM
- 8:30 – 9:00 AM
Welcome and Opening
- 9:00 – 10:15 AM
Morning Keynote: Future of Regenerative Medicine in Space – Moderated by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN
Researchers are now using the ISS U.S. National Laboratory for innovative stem-cell, 3D-tissue-modeling, and tissue-chip research that cannot be done on Earth. Stem cells are one of the cornerstones for regenerative medicine applications, and studies conducted on the ISS with stem cells are aimed at advancing therapeutics on Earth. Each day, an average of 22 people die waiting to receive life-saving organs. Advancing stem research and 3D tissue models are the first steps in understanding how to grow tissues, and eventually whole organs, for transplantation to enhance patient care on this planet. Through the use of the unique microgravity environment onboard the space station, drug development research could lead to a substantial reduction in the time
and costs associated with developing new products, an improvement in therapeutic effectiveness and safety, and the development of more targeted drugs for specific diseases.
Moderated by CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, this session will delve into current and future research efforts taking place on the ISS to expand the frontiers of regenerative medicine and benefit life on Earth.
- Dr. Sanjay Gupta, M.D. (Moderator)
- NASA Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Physician, Internal and Aerospace Medicine, NASA
- Dr. Chris Austin, Director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, the National Institutes of Health
- Dr. Chunhui Xu, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
- 10:15 – 10:30 AM
- 10:30 – 11:45 AM
Science Talks: International Space Station Research Results in Life Sciences
Presented by Scientific American
Microgravity has profound effects on living organisms, including humans, plants, animals, cells, and even bacteria. Life sciences research conducted on the International Space Station (ISS) provides valuable insights that have the potential to significantly improve life on Earth. In these “Science Talks” presented by Scientific American, ISS National Lab investigators will highlight important scientific progress that could not have been possible without the ISS.
- Matt Bondlow, Director of Integrated Media, Scientific American (Introductions)
- Dr. Elaine Horn-Ranney, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Tympanogen
- Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul, Research Professor, University of Florida
- Dr. Cathy Yeung, Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Washington
- 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
- 12:15 – 2:00 PM
Luncheon Keynote: Twins Study Research and Results with Dr. Jennifer Fogarty, Chief Scientist, NASA Human Research Program
NASA’s Twins Study consisted of a joint effort among 10 research teams across the country to characterize the physiological, molecular, and cognitive changes experienced by humans in response to exposure to spaceflight hazards. For the study, retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and his identical twin brother, retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, served as the two test subjects. Scott spent 340 days onboard the ISS while Mark remained on Earth. The results of the Twins Study reveal some interesting, surprising, and positively assuring data of how a single human body adapted to the extreme environment of space. The knowledge gained through this investigation is a stepping-stone to longer expeditions, such as missions to Mars. The Twins Study was the first study of its kind to compare molecular profiles of identical twin astronauts.
The study was also distinctive in its collaborative approach, working across multiple scientific disciplines and research teams to maximize the value of the investigation. Data from the Twins Study may be used for decades to come as NASA seeks to ensure the health and safety of astronauts conquering the challenges of space exploration.
- 4:45 – 5:45 PM
Use of the International Space Station to Advance Exploration
The ISS platform is not only utilized to improve and enrich the lives of people on Earth, it also serves as a test bed for technological advances required for deep space exploration. This session will highlight recent successes with technologies that close deep space exploration capability gaps. It will also address future plans, including the concurrent utilization of the ISS and the new Gateway platform to enable NASA’s Exploration Campaign.
- Dr. Kathleen Gallagher Boggs, Systems and Technology Demonstration Manager, Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, NASA Headquarters (Moderator)
- Robyn Gatens, Deputy Director, International Space Station Division, and ECLSS Systems Capability Lead, NASA Headquarters
- Dr. Christopher Moore, Deputy Director, Advanced Exploration Systems Divisions, NASA Headquarters
- Dr. Julie Robinson, Chief Scientist, International Space Station Division, NASA Headquarters
- 5:45 – 6:00 PM
Marketplace Sponsor Remarks
Sponsored by Boeing
- 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Networking Reception, Marketplace Expo and Poster Presentations
DAY 3: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
- 7:00 – 8:15 AM
Sponsored by Sierra Nevada Corporation
- 8:30 – 9:00 AM
Morning Keynote with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
- 9:00 – 9:45 AM
Economics of Low Earth Orbit
This session will discuss forecasted economic demand in low Earth orbit over the next 15 years. A panel of experts will present recent data and viewpoints and discuss the evolution of the ISS to support the commercialization of low Earth orbit, the economic implications of commercializing the space sector, and recommendations for the role of government.
- Alex MacDonald, Senior Economic Advisor, NASA Headquarters (moderator)
- Carissa Christensen, Chief Executive Officer, Bryce Space and Technology
- Alastair Green, Partner, McKinsey & Co.
- Caleb Williams, Lead Economic Analyst, SpaceWorks Enterprises Inc.
- 9:45 – 10:45 AM
Advanced Materials in Space: Expanding Fundamental Knowledge and Progress in In-orbit Manufacturing
Materials and their properties, utility, and production are of increasing interest to the efforts of research and development both on the International Space Station and back on Earth.Panel members will summarize different areas of research and application, discuss new technology being developed and how their work is influencing directions in the field of materials science, as well as touch on how these efforts will impact our lives in the future.
- Kenneth (Ken) Savin, Sr. Program Scientist at the International Space Station U.S. National Lab (moderator)
- Dr. Raymond (Corky) Clinton Jr., Associate Director, Science and Technology Office, NASA
- Dr. Robert (Rob) Hoyt, Chief Executive Officer, Tethers Unlimited, Inc.
- Teodoro (Teo) Laino, Technical Leader for Molecular Simulation and Principal RSM, IBM Research – Zurich
- 10:45 – 11:00 AM
- 11:00 – 11:45 AM
A Conversation with Eren Ozmen and Steve Lindsey, Sierra Nevada Corporation
- Sam Scimemi, Director, International Space Station, NASA Headquarters (moderator)
- Steve Lindsey, Former NASA Astronaut and Vice President, Space Exploration Systems Space Systems, Sierra Nevada Corporation
- Eren Ozmen, Chairwoman, President & Owner, Sierra Nevada Corporation
- 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
- 12:15 – 2:00 PM
Luncheon Keynote: Connecting the Capital Markets of Today and Tomorrow in Space
Investor focus on commercial space opportunities has grown in recent years, with close to $3 billion of annual early-stage funding in 2016 through 2018 from an expanding mix of investment firms. We are now seeing signs of increasing public market interest in the space sector as well. With representation from leading capital market participants from across the funding spectrum, this panel discussion will deliver valuable insights on what is driving space investment and will highlight potential areas of opportunity, as seen by the investment community.
- Robert H. McCooey, Jr., Nasdaq’s Global Head of Capital Markets (moderator)
- Chad Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Space Angels; and Managing Partner, Space Capital
- Mohammad Islam, Partner, Threshold/DFJ
- Marshall Hawks, Managing Director, Strategic Capital Group, Silicon Valley Bank
- Justin Stevens, Senior Partner, Private Equity, Apollo Global Management
- 4:45 – 5:45 PM
Catalyzing Economic Growth Through Public-Private Partnerships
Public-private partnerships for economic development involve the use of public resources or financing capabilities to promote localized economic growth and development that will benefit a large population. Generally, governments participate in projects of high importance to the community,and,in some cases, public resources are required to make such projects feasible. In these arrangements, public entities may provide infrastructure investments,tax incentives, financing assistance, public land,or other assets.Private entities may contribute capital investments or development expertise, commit to provide jobs, and typically assume most of the financial risk for the project outcomes. This panel will focus on the role and importance of public-private partnerships as a transitional step to the growth and development of a sustainable economy in low Earth orbit and beyond.
- Mary Lynne Dittmar, President and Chief Executive Officer, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration (moderator)
- Vernon McDonald, Sr. Vice President, KBR
- Mike Gold, Chairman, Vice President of Regulatory and Policy, Maxar, and NASA Advisory Council Committee Chair
- Jeffrey Manber, Chief Executive Officer, NanoRacks
- Bob Richards, VP, Strategy and Business Development Space Systems Division – Advanced Programs, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems
- Koichi Wakata, Vice President and Director General for Human Spaceflight Technology, JAXA
- 5:00 – 7:30 PM
Space Investment 2019 (Invitation Only)
This presentation and networking session will bring together investors and entrepreneurs interested in collaborating on space-related business ventures.
- 5:45 – 6:00 PM
Marketplace Sponsor Remarks
Sponsored by KBR
- 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Networking Reception, Marketplace Expo, and Poster Presentations
DAY 4: Thursday, August 1, 2019
- 7:00 – 8:15 AM
- 7:15 – 8:15 AM
Women's Networking Breakfast
Sponsored by MEI Technologies
- 8:30 – 8:45 AM
Welcome & Announcements
- 8:45 – 9:30 AM
Model Organisms to Improve Human Health: Rodent Research Onboard the ISS
You are more like a mouse than you think! Rodents are the most common model organism used in experimental studies of human disease, and extensive rodent research has been conducted onboard the ISS.Space-based rodent research has used multiple strains of mice to investigate a wide array of research questions. Areas of interest include muscle wasting, bone density degradation, neuroscience, and wound healing. This panel discussion will focus on the ways in which a diverse cadre of researchers are leveraging the mouse model in microgravity to improve health both on Earth and in space.
- Dr. Louis Stodieck, Research Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, Director, BioServe Space Technologies (moderator)
- Nabarun Chakraborty, Research Manager, United States Army Center for Environmental and Health Research (USACEHR)/ Geneva Foundation
- Dr. Alessandro Grattoni, Chair and Professor, Department of Nanomedicine, The Houston Methodist Research Institute
- Dr. Fred Turek, Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Biology, Northwestern University; and Director, Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology
- 9:30 – 9:45 AM
- 9:45 – 11:15 AM
Accelerating Startups in Space – User Success Fostered through the MassChallenge Model
The International Space Station is available to businesses of all shapes and sizes. Increasingly, startup companies have been drawn to the unique opportunity to conduct research and development in space. MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup accelerator and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs. Its four-month accelerator program offers world-class mentorship, in-kind support,and other benefits to help startup businesses succeed. A unique collaboration formed in 2014 between MassChallenge, Boeing,and the ISS National Laboratory that has led to numerous research experiments on the space station. This panel will focus on how the ISS is serving as a business accelerator in space. The panelists, comprised of MassChallenge “Technology and Innovation in Space” awardees,will discuss some of these innovation stories,their research on the ISS,their perspectives on the value proposition of low Earth orbit, what made their space connection authentic,and the impact on their businesses.Panelists will also explore interesting ways this model can be applied to other space research and ideas and concepts.
- Christine Kretz, Vice President of Programs and Partnerships, International Space Station National Laboratory (moderator)
- Cait Brumme, Managing Director, MassChallenge
- Kevin Foley, Director, Global Sales and Marketing, Space & Launch Division, Boeing
- Brian Hess, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, LaunchPad Medical
- Dr. Paul Jaminet, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, AngieX
- Dr. Nicole Wagner, President and Chief Executive Officer, LambdaVision
- 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
From Skylab to the ISS – 45 Years of Student Space Experiments
The International Space Station(ISS)launched a revolution in space education—enabling thousands of students to directly interact with experiments in space. Yet this revolution had a precursor 45 years ago, when high school students designed, built,and operated experiments on Skylab, America’s first operational space station. This panel will include some of those Skylab pioneers, now in their sixties, who will share their still vivid memories of that experience and the long-term impact on their lives and career paths. The panel will also include some current high school students doing experiments on the ISS, sharing their active work and their own career visions.
- Charles Bolden, Former NASA Administrator and NASA Astronaut (moderator)
- Dan Barstow, Sr. Education Mgr., International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory
- Ed Gibson, Skylab Astronaut
- Melaina Gilbert, Student Lead for Skylab Report
- Former Skylab Student Experimenters: Kathy Jackson, Terry Quist, and Robert Staehle
- Current Student Experimenters: Luzcely Gonzalez, Diedre Morales, Julian Rubinfien, Abby Schmid, and Hana Suiter
- 12:15 – 12:45 PM
- 12:45 – 1:45 PM
International Space Station Research Results in Materials Science
The microgravity environment of the ISS allows investigation into materials processes and properties that would otherwise be masked by sedimentation and buoyancy-driven convection on Earth. Taking advantage of these unique conditions, the ISS has a growing complement of facilities and capabilities supporting research on the effects of long-duration space exposure, the thermophysical properties of industrial alloys, and the in-orbit manufacturing of optical fibers—to name just a few. This session will highlight some of the innovative materials science research being done on the ISS and how space-based research is contributing to our basic understanding of materials properties, generating commercial opportunities and benefiting both exploration programs such as Artemis as well as people back on Earth.
- Dr. Kirt Costello, International Space Station Program Chief Scientist, NASA (moderator)
- Dr. Doug Matson, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University
- Jim Holmes, Chief Technologist, Ozark Integrated Circuits
- Dr. Dmitry Starodubov, Chief Scientist, FOMS Inc.
- 1:45 – 2:15 PM
International Space Station Research Awards
- 4:45 – 5:15 PM
Expanding Consumer Connections to Space - Exploring Unique Partnerships with the International Space Station
This session will focus on how the unique nature of the ISS is enabling exciting content that is viewed by millions of people across the world. Panelists include media and network affiliates that develop content focused on what it is like to live and work in space and the innovative research being done onboard the ISS. Panelists will discuss why there is a drive to highlight space and how these unique stories can excite the general public and influence future research on the space station.
- Tere Dardon-Riley, Manager, Marketing and Partnerships, ISS National Laboratory
- Mathieu Dumont, Producer, Felix & Paul Studios
- Brian Pendergast, Director of Development, Seeker, Group Nine Media
- 5:15 PM – 5:30 PM
Announcements of New Funding Opportunities