IowaBio’s Partnering For Growth forum set for March 31, adds Biotech Innovation Showcase

In Iowa, Iowa Biotechnology Association Executive Director Joe Hrdlicka announced a day-long Biotech Innovation Showcase event will be added to the group’s “Partnering For Growth” forum on Wednesday, March 30th.  The event is the result of industry leaders and investors seeking to establish a gathering of innovators, inventors and investors to collaborate on their work specific to the field of biotechnology. The Showcase will provide a forum for biotech leaders in Iowa and beyond to present their innovations to potential investors in Iowa and beyond.

Applications will be accepted through Jan. 8, 2016, Hrdlicka said. Matt Bell of the venture capital firm Cultivian Sandbox will be keynote speaker during the lunch followed by a presentation from Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham, he said.

IowaBio’s Partnering For Growth forum is the state’s “biotechnology summit” targeted to senior leaders in biotech who have funding, human resources, issues management,

business development and research in their areas of responsibility. The event also attracts public leaders who lead programs assisting the biotech sector from a funding, regulatory or economic development perspective. Partnering For Growth features a series of educational presentations, track sessions and networking activities aimed at sharing best practices and opportunities for collaboration within the industry. While the Innovation Showcase will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the forum event the next day will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31st at the  FFA Enrichment Center located at the DMACC campus in Ankeny at 1055 Southwest Prairie Trail Parkway.

Interested participants may register www.iowabio.org/pfg.

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