Polish-Virginia Business & Innovation Summit
October, 15-18, Virginia, Richmond, USA



Monday, October 15 – Kosciuszko & Pulaski Day celebration in Virginia – beginning of the process of declaring General Tadeusz Kosciuszko an honorary citizen of the United States

  • Networking Meeting with Honorary Consul Bianca Rosenstiel
  • Deepening Polish-Virginia Historic Friendship: Participation in the ceremony dedicated to honoring the resolution that officially established Kosciuszko & Pulaski Day in the State of Virginia: Meeting with the business, science and political leaders and experts at the War Memorial Museum in Richmond
  • Speakers:  Ambassador Wilczek, Secretary Anders, Cong. Dan Mica, Del. Freitas



Tuesday, October 16 – Polish Virginia Business, Science & Innovation Summit

  • 08:00 – 08:30 Registration
  • 08:30 – 09:30 Opening remarks by George Handy, President of the AFI Supervisory Board and Michael Czekajlo, AFI Co-Chairman


Keynote Speakers:

  • Ambassador Wilczek, Senator Anders
  • The Honorable Daniel A. Mica Former Member of the US Congress, AFI Supervisory Board Member: Why the opportunities emerging from Polish-Virginia cooperation and for cooperation by Poles elsewhere in the US are timely: selected approaches, opportunities and obstacles for cooperation.


  • 10:00-11:30 Polish and Virginia scientific cooperation
  • Polish-Virginia networking meeting at Virginia Commonwealth University. Focus will be on cooperation concerning implementation of innovation between Poland and USA with Prof David Cifu, MD Dean of Innovation at VCU and the head of Rehabilitation at the VA where he is also the lead investigator on a national TBI grant. Under his department are all the new robotics and artificial limbs etc. He is also the national expert to congress on Rehab medicine.


  • Universities and Institutes driving transatlantic cooperation : Agreements signed
  • Gdansk Medical University and VCU & VA
  • Lazarski University with VCU
  • Curie Institute and VCU Massey Cancer Center and VA Cancer Centre
  • Biotech and CTs: Jeff Gallagher, VA BIO, FDA speaker, Carrie Roth, Virginia Biotech Park, Richard Bendis, President/CEO of BioHealth Innovation


  • 11:30 – 12.00 Visits to VCU Medical Simulation and Healthcare.
  • 12:00-13:00 Working Lunch
  • 13:30-15:00 VA Simulation Center
  • 15:30- 16:30 Building Partnerships
  • MoH, AOTM and NHF presenations


  • Panel Discussion: Innovation in medicine through IT & Healthcare applications


  • Colonel Wilson Ariza: Medical simulation & HC modelling – where are we heading in 21st Century
  • Michael Czekajlo AFI US
  • Digital healthcare: Prof Krys Cios Chairman Computer Science, VCU
  • The role of advanced eInfrastructure for personalized medicine and health research – presentation of PSNC – leading high performance computing and visualization center in Poland, top institution in obtaining EU research funds in Poland.


Wednesday, October 17 – 70th Virginia Conference on World Trade – day 1

  • Start of the Conference at Marriott Hotel
  • Polish Government Senior Leader: Senator Anders


Why Virginia/Why Poland: introduction to the Polish session during the Conference

  • MoH presentation on Medical Research Agency
  • Piotr Dytko, President of “PORT” Polish Center for Technology Innovation
  • Angel Investor perspective: on innovative start-ups opportunities: both US (TBC) and Poland (Robert Lugowski Cobin Angels, Warsaw Poland)
  • medVC Startup – example of R&D commercialization focused on remote collaboration and teleconsultation platform for medical professionals
  • Rem Med start up presentation
  • Marc Sanderson Wikiesanderson: An existing Poland-US partnership that uniquely touches business, technology and health
  • Different phases of clinical trials – Why all global players focus on Poland?: Associate Prof Iwona Lugowska: Head of Clinical Trials Unit at Oncology Curie Institute Warsaw, Poland;
  • Magdalena Siekacz CEO of CROS, CRO Warsaw, Poland;
  • HPC4Poland – Digital Innovation Hub in Poznan and its innovation ecosystem: Cezary Mazurek
  • B2B meetings
  • Networking meeting at the Governor’s Mansion in Richmond


Thursday, October 18 – 70th Virginia Conference on World Trade – day 2

  • Plenary sessions and continuation of workshops with participance of Polish and American entrepreneurs (B2B meetings)
  • End of the Conference
  • Concluding Meeting for the visiting Polish Delegation and Guests at the US Capitol in Washington
  • CDC senior leaders meeting: Cancer Control Plan Cooperation


The following Institutions confirmed appearance of the lecturers representing them during #PVBIS (concrete schedule will be available as soon as possible):

  • Governor of Virginia
  • MoH, Poland
  • MoFA, Poland
  • AOTM
  • NHF, Poland
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Hospital
  • FDA
  • CDC
  • Gdansk Medical University
  • Curie Institute of Oncology

Healthcare Section Coordinator, Office for National Council for Development,  Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland

  • Łazarski University, Warsaw
  • Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  • Virginia Economic Development
  • Virginia Biotech Park
  • Virginia Bio
  • Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), Poland
  • William Mullen Law Firm
  • PORT, Wroclaw Poland