Summer’s end and fall’s beginning will launch a flurry of event activity for our members and other professionals in the bioscience, health care, technology and non-profit sectors, starting with a Mayoral Forum this Thursday at Fat Pipe. NMBio’s first social networking event of 2017 takes place on August 29 at the new Lobo Rainforest building. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet our esteemed board members while touring the building and enjoying beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Immediately following our event, attendees will have the opportunity to make the short walk to FatPipe to attend a no cost event hosted by ABQid.
Our friends at TEDx are hosting their main event and a lineup of thought provoking ideas and superb speakers on a wide range of topics on September 9 at the Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque Convention Center. The event will run from noon to 6 pm. NMBio members are eligible for a 10 percent discount on ticket prices (use code BIO when you register). Here is the link to the program and current list of speakers — https://tedxabq.com/2017-main-event/#speakers
The two marquee events for the fall season will occur back-to-back in mid-October. On the 17th, Innovate New Mexico will showcase a group of rising entrepreneurial companies in the tech and bioscience fields. On the 18th, NMBio will launch its first Knowledge Fair/Expo that will be followed by its version of Octoberfest. STC-UNM’s Lisa Kuuttila, who founded Innovate New Mexico and is Chair of our board of directors, and I will cross-promote the two events. We’re both striving to make these informative and educational events truly meaningful to the participants and attendees. We would appreciate you reaching out to your contacts and taking the time to encourage them to attend. We want to play to a full house.
This fall will also see the official launch of the Bioscience Authority, a public private initiative that was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor earlier this year. It will play a major role in helping to propel the growth of the state’s blossoming bioscience sector. The initial inductees to the board include several NMBio board members — Dr. Richard Larson, Executive Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of Research for UNM’s Health Sciences Center. Dr. Tom Kieft, who heads NM Tech’s new interdisciplinary Ph.D program in biotechnology, Wayne Savage, the Executive Director
of the Arrowhead Research Park at New Mexico State University, and me.
The Bioscience Authority will promote coordination among the state’s universities, research entities, and the private sector. It will make policy recommendations to elected officials, promote ties with bioscience industries and support legislation to help develop those industries, serve as a clearinghouse for bioscience enterprise information, facilitate new ventures and startups, oversee feasibility studies for bioscience projects and recruit biotech businesses to relocate in New Mexico.
I’m heading to Los Alamos later this week to tour the New Mexico Consortium and meet some of its new tenants, including Innate Immunity LLC, an exciting firm that will be joining the NMBio family of companies. The founder is Dr. Goutam Gupta, who recently retired from LANL. Dr. Gupta is an internationally recognized expert and scientist on innate principles and methods and therapies for disease resistance in plants and humans. He is currently the lead PI/Program Manager for the USDA/NMC project on developing disease resistance to the devastation impacting the citrus crop in Florida and grapes in California. This is the initial beachhead for the startup.
If you have news that you’d like to share with our members and leaders in the bioscience and health care communities, please contact me. Our newsletter is distributed to two groups. The first goes to 150 individuals and includes members, prospects, local media and VIPs working in or serving the life science sector. The second list is broader and reaches more than 650 individuals in and outside of New Mexico.
Enjoy the rest of your summer; I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at next week’s tour of the Lobo Rainforest building.
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