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Time to Showcase Iowa BioTech Innovation

Posted by Joe Hrdlicka on Oct 20, 2015
iowabioOur state has a rich tradition of biotech innovation. The Iowa Biotechnology Association hopes to continue that tradition with a “first-ever”, day-long Biotech Innovation Showcase we’re adding to the agenda for our “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.

Our expert panel will hear presentations from innovators that address important topics including the development of biofuels and biomaterials; advances in food, ag and plant genetics; progress in animal health; as well as human health and medical technology.

Applications to present opened Oct. 1, 2015 and will be accepted through Jan. 8, 2016. 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.

Those interested in applying to present at this event should visit the website we’ve established –

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.

Joe Hrdlicka, Executive Director, Iowa Biotechnology Association


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