Marshall University sponsors regional biotechnology conference

Monday, February 21, 2011

OVALS logoHUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University is one of the organizers of the ninth annual Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences (OVALS) conference to be held April 14-15 in Cincinnati.

With the theme “Startups and the Innovation Ecosystem,” this year’s conference will bring together the region’s research institutions, federal agencies, industry, investors and service providers to discuss biotechnology innovation and commercialization opportunities.

The target audience includes university researchers, technology transfer professionals, corporate scientists, business development professionals, state and local economic development officials, attorneys, investors and entrepreneurs.

According to Jennifer Kmiec, Marshall’s associate vice president for economic development, the conference will provide a forum for exposure to the thinking of national leaders, opening up strategic dialogues, expanding opportunities and networking.

“We are encouraging anyone interested in commercialization of biotechnology, collaboration opportunities and creating economic impact to attend the OVALS conference,” she said. “The organizers have an exciting line-up of speakers, and the agenda really complements Marshall’s strengths in biotech research and focus on innovation.”

She added that representatives of Marshall spin-out company Progenesis Technologies LLC will be making a presentation during a session highlighting promising new venture opportunities in the region.

Other conference sponsors include the University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Ohio University, BioOhio, Bluegrass Business Development Partnership, CincyTechUSA and Edison Biotechnology Institute.

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Contact:  Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304.746.1964.