Nearly 500 Attendees Join BioForward for In-Person Annual Wisconsin Biohealth Summit Celebrating the Resilience and Creativity of the Wisconsin Biohealth Industry
MADISON, Wis- BioForward Wisconsin, the collective voice of Wisconsin’s robust and comprehensive biohealth cluster, representing more than 220 member organizations, returned live, and in-person for the annual Wisconsin Biohealth Summit, at the majestic Overture Center for the Arts, celebrating the resilience and creativity of the Wisconsin biohealth industry as it thrived through the challenges of the pandemic.
The annual Wisconsin Biohealth Summit is one of the largest biohealth events in the Midwest and this year was focused on the theme of “Moving Forward Together: How Wisconsin’s Biohealth Industry is Leading, Adapting & Evolving.” The theme was reflected through sessions including:
Additionally, for the first time, BioForward invited local students and postdocs from around Wisconsin to participate in the First Annual Biohealth Communications Competition. BioForward knows that not only is there incredible research going on throughout Wisconsin, but also dynamic and inspiring students ready to discuss their transformational work. The top three competitors were awarded cash prizes, with first place winning $1,500.
BioForward also honored the 2021 Wisconsin Biohealth Award winners: Hector F. DeLuca Scientific Achievement Award—Dr. Fred Lee Jr., Wisconsin Biohealth Business Achievement Award—Terry Sivesind in an inspiring awards presentation.
The capstone to the day-long event was a networking reception with industry professionals that included a career fair. Over 125 students from Wisconsin universities attended the career fair with resumes in hand to meet with the 17 organizations participating who were anxious to meet with prospective talent in light of an ever-growing need for growing and developing talent in the Wisconsin biohealth industry.
“We were thrilled with the turnout as we returned to a live event this year and were honored to celebrate the many accomplishments of the Wisconsin biohealth industry during a very challenging year,” said Lisa Johnson, CEO of BioForward. “With this level of dedication, talent and diversity, we will only continue to see great things coming from our member organizations who are saving lives and impacting health every single day.”
The Wisconsin Biohealth Summit sponsors included Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Fisher Scientific, Hausmann Johnson Insurance, Catalent, Exact Sciences, GE Healthcare, Mallinckrodt, Promega, WARF, Aldevron, Alliant Energy, Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Kraemer Brothers, Millipore Sigma, Mirus Bio, Invenra, Strang, Abbvie, Aurora Health Care, Cellular Dynamics, Eurofins, Findorff, Genus, Illumina, Isthmus Project, Kerry, Labcorp, PhRMA, PPD, Teramedica, University Research Park, Yahara Software, Nexus Pharmaceuticals, University of Wisconsin Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology, Horizon Therapeutics, and University of Wisconsin-Madison- School of Medicine and Public Health.
To learn more about this year’s event, visit the Summit website here.
BioForward Wisconsin is the collective voice of Wisconsin’s robust and comprehensive biohealth cluster, representing more than 220 member organizations across an integrated network of health solution leaders, including research institutions, biotech and biopharma, digital health, healthcare systems, and medical device and diagnostics. It is an action-oriented association that focuses on initiatives to strengthen the state’s talent pipeline; collaborations to develop supply chain partnerships; educational and networking events to enhance professional development; and legislative advocacy to highlight the economic and social impact of the biohealth industry on the state, nation, and world. Learn more about BioForward Wisconsin at www.bioforward.org.