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Bioscience conference set for April 26 at Marshall University

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The matter of using the study of life to improve the economic life of West Virginia will be the focus of a conference in Huntington next week.

The sixth annual West Virginia Bioscience Summit will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall on Marshall University’s Huntington campus.

Michelle Dixon, general manager of Alcon’s Huntington facility, which employs nearly 800 people, will deliver the keynote address at 12:45 p.m.

The event is conducted by the West Virginia Bioscience Association.

The West Virginia Bioscience Summit will highlight the role and impact of the bioscience industry in West Virginia and the region, showcase research and commercialization efforts taking place at West Virginia universities and private companies, and discuss policies and programs to help nurture the industry.

“A successful life science industry begins with research, which then leads to discoveries,” said John Maher, chairman of the Bioscience Association of West Virginia and vice president for research at Marshall University. “Those discoveries provide the basis for company development and economic growth for the state. West Virginia is having success, but there is much more that can be done to help grow this industry within our borders.”

The summit also will include a Life Science Research Showcase & Reception at 4:45 p.m. at the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex.

The event is being sponsored by Marshall University, BIO, Mylan, VWR International, TechConnectWV, Novartis, Alcon, Sanofi, PhRMA and Amgen.

For additional information or to register, contact Bryan Brown at (304) 546-5500, or visit the website at:

Sixth Annual West Virginia Bioscience Summit

Tuesday, April 26

Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall, Marshall University

Conference speakers:

Dr. Jerome Gilbert, president, Marshall University

Michelle Dixon, general manager, Alcon

Dr. Jan Taylor, director of the Division of Science and Research, WV HEPC

Marissa Watkins, director, State Advocacy, PhRMA

Dr. Jagan Valluri, COO, Cordgenics

Dr. Frank Binder, vice president, Microbiological Consultants

Dr. Hongwei Yu, CSO, Progenesis Technologies

Richard Giersch, CEO, CereDx

Steve Turner, CEO, Protea Biosciences

Dr. John Maher, vice president for research, Marshall University

Richard Giersch, director Health Sciences Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Commercialization, WVU

Andrew Nowak, VWR International

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