Nominations sought for Oklahoma bioscience leaders in four categories
Contact: Sarah Seagraves,
Senior Vice President for Marketing, i2E
or email sseagraves@i2E.org
Oklahomans working to grow the state’s biosciences industry will gain inspiration and insight into ways to fund research and advance new discoveries at the 2014 BioSummit on March 26 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City.
Hosted by the Oklahoma Bioscience Association, the BioSummit will feature experts in scientific discovery, commercialization and funding who will share their insights with scientists and entrepreneurs from across the state.
Topics explored at the Summit will include funding fundamentals, partners and exit strategies, drug repurposing, positioning for early stage investments and key elements of marketing and key elements of marketing and interacting with the bio industry.
“We’re pleased to be able to bring together experts in drug discovery, funding and company development for this one-day BioSummit,” said Scott Meacham, President and CEO of i2E, Inc., which manages the Oklahoma Bioscience Association. “Our researchers and bio science entrepreneurs will benefit greatly from the experiences of those who have been through the drug discovery and commercialization process before.”
Speakers will include Scott Meacham, president and CEO, i2E, Inc., William Paiva, managing director of the Oklahoma Life Science Fund; Von Allen, director of development at the University of Oklahoma and the Stephenson Cancer Center; Clayton Duncan, CEO at Accele Biopharma; Doug Branch, director, PhillipsMurrah, Dennis Shafer, president and CEO, Altheus Therapeutics; and William A. Hagstrom president and CEO, Crescendo Bioscience, Elaine Hamm, Director, Proof of Concept Center and Venture Advisor, i2E, Inc. and Vikas Sharma, Director, Business Development, Rexahn Pharmaceuticals & former Manager, Business Development, MedImmune.
Following the BioSummit a networking reception will be held where the conference attendees will be joined by other community leaders for the Oklahoma BioScience Awards Dinner. Four awards will be presented to recognize individuals and organizations that have worked to advance the state’s biosciences industry.
Hall of Fame Leadership Award: Presented to an individual who has demonstrated leadership and assisted in the creation of and advancement of bioscience companies over time.
Researcher Recognition Award: Will honor a researcher who is advancing scientific knowledge in their area of expertise and promoting continued excellence in research.
Community Recognition Award: Will honor an individual or company for making significant contributions to Oklahoma’s bioscience industry.
Innovation Recognition Award: Will recognize an individual or company who has been responsible for the creation of an innovative bioscience technology, product or service in the past three years that has led to potential commercial application.
“This will be a great evening of recognition for leading contributors to the state’s growing bio sciences industry,” said Roy Williams, President and CEO of the Greater OKC Chamber, a leading sponsor for these events. “We’re looking forward to honoring these individuals and companies who have invested themselves in advancing bioscience in Oklahoma.”
Nominations for these awards will be accepted until 3 pm on Thursday, February 20.
For more information, contact Katelynn Henderson at khenderson@i2E.org or (405) 813-2428 or visit www.i2E.org or www.okbio.org for nominations forms.