Biomanufacturing in Space Symposium September 19, 2024

Join the University of Florida In Space Biomanufacturing Innovation Hub consortium members as they share a series of rapid-fire talks about their research that leverage the unique environment of microgravity to produce biomolecules and biomaterials with medical applications to benefit both health on Earth and on deep space missions. The symposium will then feature a keynote address from Jana Stoudemire, director of In-Space Manufacturing at Axiom Space, as she discusses in-space manufacturing of biomedical applications on the world’s first commercial space station.

symposium agenda and venue

12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Lunch and Roundtable Discussion with Keynote Speaker Jana Stoudemire

Malachowsky Hall, Room 7200
12:30 - 1 p.m. Lunch and Networking

1 - 1:45 p.m. Introductions of UF Initiatives

1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Round Table Discussion of Opportunities, Challenges and Gaps in Commercial Space with Keynote Speaker Jana Stoudemire
2:30 - 4:45 p.m. Plenary Session: Biomanufacturing in Space

Malachowsky Hall, Nvidia Auditorium
3 - 3:10 p.m. Introduction by Dr. Malany

3:10 - 4 p.m. "Building for Beyond" Keynote by Jana Stoudemire

4 - 4:50 p.m. Lightning Talks by Consortium Funded Members
5 - 6:30 p.m. Reception and Poster Session

Malachowsky Hall, Room 7200
Sponsored by the UF College of Pharmacy

Host Venue

Malachowsky Hall for Data Science & Information Technology

Malachowsky Hall for Data Science & Information Technology opened in 2023 in the heart of UF’s Gainesville campus across the street from the J. Wayne Reitz Union.

1889 Museum Road Gainesville, FL 32611


Director, In-Space Manufacturing, Axiom Space

Jana Stoudemire

As part of the In-Space Solutions team for Axiom Space, Jana is helping to create new market sectors in the commercial space economy for in-space manufacturing of biomedical and advanced material applications on the world's first commercial space station. She transitioned from pharma to lead life science research in microgravity as part of the team managing the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory (ISS-NL), then joined Space Tango where she successfully established the initial foundational partnerships that are helping to define an emerging biomedical market on orbit. Jana is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space, Regenerative Medicine Manufacturing Society member, a WOMEN In Advanced Therapies leadership mentor, United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation Board of Trustees Member, and past New Organ Alliance Oversight Committee Member and co-chair of the Microgravity Enabling Technology Committee. Jana also served as co-editor of the book entitled, In-Space Manufacturing and Resources: Earth and Planetary Exploration Applications published in 2022 (Wiley, ISBN: 978-3-527-34853-4).

Jana Stoudemire


In Spa Bio Hub Logo

University of florida

In-Space Biomanufacturing for Human Health Innovation

The InSpa Bio Hub was established through the University of Florida’s strategic funding initiative. Led by Siobhan Malany, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UF College of Pharmacy, the hub will align researchers across the university to conduct astrobiology experiments in space and on the ground to reveal the significant effects of low gravity on biological systems.