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Entrepreneurship, Equity, Innovation, Collaboration, and Smart Policy to be Discussed at Annual Conference

17 Sep 2020 1:22 PM | Deleted user

Federal and State Leaders to Address Alabama’s Bioscience Community

BIO Alabama, the leading advocate for Alabama’s bioeconomy, today announced that Federal and State leaders will address Alabama’s bioscience community at BIO Alabama’s virtual annual conference this fall, October 5-9. 

On Monday, October 5 at 1:05 p.m. CST Senator Doug Jones will greet conference attendees during a fireside chat. The conversation will center around reshoring and Alabama’s biopharma manufacturers contributions to the global supply chain. Jones will also address his position on entrepreneurship and share his thoughts on how we continue to encourage and support inclusionary initiatives. 

“Our bioscience companies have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. It’s an industry rooted in innovation,” said Senator Jones. “While large gatherings look very different, I’m thrilled that BIO Alabama is bringing our bioscience community together to start and continue important conversations around growing and diversifying our bioeconomy to solve some of the biggest health challenges we face.”

Senator Richard Shelby’s office will also be represented by Legislative Assistant Andrew Burnett. Burnett will be joined by Carter Wells of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology for a conversation focused on coronavirus legislation, reshoring efforts, and drug pricing. We will also learn more about specific ideas and focus areas coming out of Senator Shelby’s office. This conversation is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6 at 1:00 p.m. CST.

In addition to Federal leaders, BIO Alabama virtual annual conference attendees will hear from Representative Bill Poole, Senator Greg Reed, and Representative Anthony Daniels on a session moderated by BIO Alabama immediate past chair, Peggy Sammon. This panel discussion will focus on Alabama’s newly appointed Innovation Commission. In July, Governor Kay Ivey established the Alabama Innovation Commission with the purpose to review and develop recommendations tailored for growing Alabama's innovation economy and tech-related industries. Join this panel discussion to learn more about the Alabama Innovation Commission, how our State leaders are prioritizing innovation and tech-related industries such as bioscience, and how collaboration and smart policy can enhance Alabama's entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

Additional speakers, organizations, as well as sponsors, can be found on the official conference website. Up-to-date information on the agenda and thought leaders presenting can be found on the conference website. Event registration is now open

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