Vermont Biosciences Alliance Winter Newsletter

Winter Newsletter 
VBSA was created to foster recognition of medicine and bioscience as a leading industry in the Vermont region and promote economic and human well-being by strengthening sector attention, research resources, and venture growth. To the businesses and organizations who are currently members, thank you for supporting the bioscience industry in Vermont.

UVM Office of Technology Commercialization's annual conference for innovation and entrepreneurship will be held on Thursday, April 5th, from 1:00 to 5:00 at UVM's Dudley H. Davis Center.
The VGN will host their annual career day on April 11.
Launch VT is hosting their speaker series showcasing successful Vermont business women at Hotel Vermont, Burlington. The next event will be Monday, March 12th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM on the topic "Makers Matter".
Reserve your booth now to exhibit at the 2018 Business Expo that will be held in May.

  This showcase of new life sciences technologies will be held on April 4th from 1:00 to 7:00 at Merck Research Laboratories in Boston, MA. Applications to participate are due February 19th. 

Industry News
The NIH is encouraging innovation in the arena of 3D microphysiological tissue modeling by supporting the development of new "tissue chips" through 13 two-year awards. Tissue chips are tiny platforms supporting live tissues intended to model human physiology on the micro scale more accurately than conventional animal or cell models. In the second phase of the program, the NIH is encouraging researchers to partner with bioscience companies to use the newly developed chips for disease therapy testing.  
New England employers and policymakers are recognizing that to retain their best workers and attract experienced new hires, they must consider the needs of employees who are in their 50s or 60s and who often have needs that are very different from millennials. Recognizing this emerging trend, Chroma has shared this post on strategies employers can use to attract and cultivate mature employees in our modern workplaces. 
If you're looking for a new way to think about problems and how to solve them, the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center has a webinar for you. Their upcoming Structured Problem Solving webinar teaches the thinking skills to objectively evaluate problems of all kinds and sizes, allowing you to address recurring work challenges once and for all. 

Education News
Six years ago, the Grossman School of Business' then-new Dean took a gamble and replaced a traditional MBA program with the nation's first one-year accredited MBA with a focus on sustainable innovation. It was a timely change in the face of growing demand from the business world for employees who understand the triple bottom line of financial, social, and environmental responsibility. That gamble has paid off with Grossman's Sustainable Innovation MBA, which prepares students for jobs in green industries, being selected by the Princeton Review as the best "green MBA" in the country for 2018. 

ACPHS' Vice Provost of Research and Chairman of their Pharmaceutical Research Institute (PRI) won the 2017 Kuwait Prize in Applied Sciences, which recognizes the contributions of Arab scientists to international scientific progress. Dr. Mousa has had a prolific career in research and drug development. As the founding Chair of the PRI, he has grown the institute into a team of research scientists across many disciplines who have published hundreds of papers, formed conferences and seminars, raised millions in grants and equipment donations, and created a spinoff nanomedicine company.
Vermont Tech was pleased to find that virtually all their 2017 graduates found jobs or continuing education placements six months after graduation. Of graduates who were employed, 99% had jobs in their field of study. Vermont Tech considers these statistics as strong indicators that their graduates have the critical thinking and practical work skills that employers are seeking.

The world's largest biotechnology exhibition will be in our backyard this summer at the BIO 2018 International Convention. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization, or BIO, will be hosting their annual convention in Boston on June 4-7 for its 25th anniversary.

BIO represents 1,100+ biotech companies, organizations, research institutions, and more across the US and internationally. Their membership covers the full range from entrepreneurs to multinational corporations, but the majority are small companies. While BIO is an active organization influencing policy and providing member support year-round, their annual convention is their most publicized event, drawing 16,000+ attendees from 74 countries. The goal of the convention is to support the growth of the global biotechnology industry and profits fund BIO's on-going programs and initiatives.

The convention started small in 1993 with just 1,400 attendees and a handful of trade press. While it has grown greatly in participation, the convention has kept many familiar themes, including educational and networking opportunities around raising capital, negotiating federal regulation requirements, and understanding patent trends. 

Today the BIO Exhibition showcases the latest trends, technology, and breakthroughs on the largest tradeshow floor in the biotechnology industry. At the exhibition, the convention has something for everyone with 1500+ educational sessions, networking events and locations, and their special partnering system. 

BIO One-on-One Partnering assists companies in finding potential partners and investors through a profile system that allows participants to pre-schedule half-hour private meetings during the convention. Once at the convention, the partnering program provides access to the BIO Business Forum, with rooms and suites for pre-scheduled meetings, Company Presentations to raise participants' visibility in the BIO community, an Academic Campus focused on the university and technology transfer sectors, and Exhibitor Booth Partnering during the exhibition. 

The exhibition is organized into Product Focus Zones that allow exhibitors to strategically position themselves, highlighting their area of expertise and becoming more findable to attendees with specific interests. The Focus Zones support specialty networking within the areas of Bioprocessing, Contract Services, Digital Health, Discovery, and Innovation. 

Recognizing the unique needs of start-ups, the exhibition hosts the Start-Up Stadium where emerging biotech companies can connect with investors, venture philanthropists, and industry advisors. Start-ups are invited to participate in an interactive pitch experience where they present 5- to 7-minute pitches to a panel of investors and receive live feedback.

The exhibition is also host to the Patient Advocacy Pavilion, aimed at connecting biopharmaceutical companies, patient advocacy organizations, and venture philanthropists with the goal of advancing therapy development. 40+ patient organizations participate in the Patient Advocacy Pavilion, all keen to further drug development by funding research and helping companies understand patient needs.  

The 25th anniversary BIO 2018 International Convention promises to be another exciting event with presentation, education, and networking opportunities for everyone in the biosciences. Registration is open now and you can find more information at Can't make it to the 2018 Convention but still want to learn more? You can check out their blog, BIOtechNOW at
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