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Wis. Economic Development Corp.: Wisconsin’s biotechnology resources featured at BIO International Convention

Wisconsin BIO Convention contact:
Tom Thieding, Communications Manager, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

MADISON – Wisconsin will feature its biotechnology resources and innovations at its pavilion (Booth #205) during the 2012 BIO International Convention in Boston June 18-21. The Wisconsin pavilion will showcase the comprehensive bio science academic, business and development resources the state offers. Check out the Jelly Belly Chemistry Bar in the pavilion, as visitors create their own recipes of flavors.

Wisconsin companies giving presentations in the state pavilion have an emphasis on breakthroughs in health technology. InvivoSciences, Madison, will feature its technology to screen compounds for identifying efficacy and safety. Quintessence Biosciences, Madison, will give a presentation on the company’s drug technology that targets the RNA of cancer cells. Exact Sciences, Madison, will showcase its advancement in diagnosis of colorectal cancer. Super Vitamin D, Eau Claire, will feature its advancement for delivery of Vitamin D through the skin.

Marshfield Clinic Applied Sciences will feature the research collaboration that is accelerating medical advancements through Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation and other areas of intellectual property commercialization in the Marshfield Clinic system.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is coordinating the Wisconsin BIO pavilion, with key support from BioFoward, UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations, Marshfield Clinic Applied Sciences, Morgridge Institute for Research, Scientific Protein Laboratories and Medical College of Wisconsin.

“We are excited to showcase Wisconsin's scientific community that includes cutting edge commercial entities and our world renowned research institutions,” said Paul Jadin, CEO/Secretary of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. “BIO is Wisconsin’s chance to let the world know about its biosciences sector and the strong innovation and development network and resources we have.”

“This is the biggest gathering of bio executives in the world. By being there Wisconsin is making a statement we are a serious player in the bio sciences sector,” said Bryan Renk, Executive Director of BioFoward. “Having the ability to tout Wisconsin’s resources is tremendous. There’s a ton Wisconsin has to offer and a ton of innovation in Wisconsin.”

Visitors to the Wisconsin pavilion will be able to interface with a resource database to download information on the state’s biotechnology companies, research capabilities and institutions, service providers and economic development resources.

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Monday, June 18

2:00 p.m., Exact Sciences, Kevin Conroy, CEO Advancement in non-invasive colorectal cancer screening.

3:00 p.m., InvivoSciences, Tetsuro Wakatsuki Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Co-Founder Technology of tissue constructs fabricated using human cells to predict compound response in clinical trials.

4:00 p.m., Super Vitamin D, Ted Schwarzrock and John Stapleton Advancement for delivery of Vitamin D through the skin.

Tuesday, June 19

10:00 a.m., Shine Medical Technologies and Morgridge Institute for Research, Dr. Greg Piefer, founder and CEO of SHINE Medical Technologies and Thomas Rock Mackie, Director of Medical Devices at the Morgridge Institute for Research Partnership to develop a new production technology for a medical isotope commonly used to diagnose heart disease and cancer and in short supply for tens of thousands of U.S. patients.

4:15 p.m. Quintessence Biosciences, Dr. Laura Strong and EVade™ Ribonuclease Technology which allows for the engineering of human proteins for the treatment of human diseases. http://www.quintbio.com

Wednesday, June 20

11:00 a.m., Marshfield Clinic Applied Sciences, Marsha L. Barwick, Assistant Director, with a presentation on the Wisconsin Medical Entrepreneurship Foundation business model that allows partners, Aurora Health Care, Baycare Health Care, Marshfield Clinic and WiSys Technology Foundation to collectively leverage extramural funding and resources towards technology advancement.

4:30 p.m. The Computational Genome: Informational Insights into the Cell, David Krakauer, Director, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

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