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SEMDA 2017 Annual Conference

Date: April 26, 2017
Location: Atlanta, GA
WebsiteClick here to learn more.

SEMDA’s annual conference is the premier medical device forum fostering business and educational opportunities for investors, medical device companies, medical entrepreneurs, and related industry professionals in the southeast.

UGA GRADS Industry Night 2017-Seeking Companies

Date: April 27, 2017
Location: Athens, GA
WebsiteClick here to learn more.

GRADS (Graduate Research Assistants Diversifying STEM) is holding a STEM Industry Night and invites your company to attend. This will be an excellent opportunity to recruit diverse and highly qualified Masters and PhD graduates spanning all STEM disciplines. Last year this event was a great success and candidate interest exceeded capacity.

Industry Night is a way for companies to interact with our members and affiliates to build professional relationships in a business casual setting. Résumé books for all attending candidates will be handed out to company representatives. GRADS is seeking employers to attend. Details available here.

Raise Forum

Date: April 28, 2017
Location: Washington, DC
WebsiteClick here to learn more.

RAISE rises once more! We taking applications for the 4/28 Forum. Please send us the best companies you've seen (must be post-revenue) by March 15, 2017. Click here for more details.

Proven Faculty Entrepreneur Training Course--Kauffman FastTrac® TechVenture™

Date: May - June, 2017
Location: Emory University
WebsiteClick here to apply. (Deadline: April 25, 2017)

The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), along with the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute (ACTSI), will be offering the Kauffman FastTrac® TechVenture™ entrepreneur training course again in 2017. This is a six full-day course (over seven weeks) designed to train faculty entrepreneurs who plan to create a start-up company to commercialize their inventions. The course has been conducted at Emory six times since 2012 and it was well received by faculty participants.

Eligibility: All faculty members at the ACTSI partner institutions (Emory, Georgia Tech, Morehouse School of Medicine and The University of Georgia) are eligible to apply for the course.

How to Apply: Click here.

Ag Biotech Entrepreneurial Showcase 2017

Date: May 10-11, 2017
Location: North Carolina
WebsiteClick here to learn more.

Do you know of crop biotech or animal health startups that are seeking investors or strategic partners? North Carolina is the AgBio[sphere] - the complete ecosystem for agricultural biotechnology, featuring tremendous commercial and research assets driving the development of new innovations. The North Carolina Biotechnology Center will leverage these resources by holding the 5th annual Ag Biotech Entrepreneurial Showcase on May 10-11, 2017 in Research Triangle Park. The Showcase continues to be the ideal event to convene ag biotech investment firms, global ag biotech companies, university research labs, technology transfer offices, and support organizations for information sharing, networking, and partnering. For more information about this event, please visit

2017 Georgia Logistics Summit

Date: May 16-17, 2017
Location: Atlanta, GA
WebsiteClick here to learn more.

Created in 2009 as an event to bring together all aspects of the logistics industry for lunch, the Georgia Logistics Summit has grown over the last eight years from 400 attendees in its first year to nearly 1,500 in 2016. Each year, the Summit brings together nearly 50 speakers from prominent shippers in the industry, leaders in the state’s infrastructure and economic development community, and a keynote speaker from large corporations like Caterpillar, The Home Depot, and Walmart.

RARE on the Road

Date: May 13, 2017
Location: Atlanta, GA
WebsiteClick here to learn more.

RARE on the Road will bring critical education and insights to rare disease patients, advocates and caregivers, while collaborating in an interactive and engaging environment.

Building on the successful 2016 Everylife Foundation regional Legislative Conferences, RARE on the Road will focus on an expanded agenda that includes topics from Capacity Building to the Patients’ Role in Drug Development, including breakout sessions and hands-on workshops.

These free regional events will provide patients and advocates the opportunity to engage more broadly with other rare advocates and benefit from connecting with other disease advocacy leaders. RARE on the Road is working to help advocates learn, grow and become independent activists for their rare disease community.

Sponsorship flyer | RARE Agenda

Cell & Gene Exchange 2017

Date: May 22-23, 2017
Location: Washington, DC
WebsiteClick here to learn more.

The Cell & Gene Exchange brings together leaders from patient advocacy groups, industry, academia and government to network, exchange ideas and explore partnership opportunities. This partnering conference will facilitate conversations among patient groups and key stakeholders to advancing potentially curative therapies for life-threatening diseases.

ChinaBio® Partnering Forum 2017

Date: May 31 - June 1, 2017
Location: Zhuhai, China
WebsiteClick here to learn more.

Access a world of opportunities through life science partnering in China ChinaBio® Partnering Forum is the premier life science partnering event in China. To be held May 31–June 1 in Zhuhai, close to Hong Kong, the event will attract biotech and pharma leaders from around the world along with hundreds of China-based developers of novel technologies for two days of productive partnering.

Expected to attend are over 900 delegates from more than 460 companies and at least 22 countries, making it the largest partnering conference in China. The 2017 edition promises attendance from pharma and biotech companies as well as leading researchers from China's top universities and institutes.

The conference also features partneringONE®, the gold standard partnering platform enabling delegates to efficiently identify, meet and network with companies from across the life science value chain.

BIO International Convention

Date: June 19-22, 2017
Location: San Diego, CA
WebsiteClick here to learn more.

There’s no better place to connect with biotech’s top people and most innovative technologies than at BIO 2017. The ideas shared here go beyond professional development. Experience powerful business partnering, benefit from invaluable education sessions and network with 15,000+ of the industry’s brightest. This event covers a wide spectrum of life science and application areas including drug discovery, biomanufacturing, genomics, biofuels, nanotechnology and cell therapy. 


  • 29,000+ BIO One-on-One partnering™ meetings with 3,100+ companies
  • Hundreds of Company Presentations from the industry’s leading innovators
  • World-renowned speakers leading Keynotes, Super Sessions and Fireside Chats
  • 16+ Session tracks covering timely issues featuring hundreds of speakers
  • 1,800+ exhibitors from all fields—from Digital Health and Diagnostics to Bioprocess

Join the global biotech community in San Francisco and see how the everyday becomes extraordinary at BIO 2016. Register now at

KSU's 24-Hour Lab Safety Short Course (Lab Safety BootCamp)

Date: August 7-10, 2017
Location: Kennesaw, GA
WebsiteClick here to learn more.

24-Hour Lab Safety Short Course is LSI’s most comprehensive coverage of the essentials of lab safety and effective safety programs.This course will help you learn to identify and manage common laboratory hazards – and some that you may never have considered. You will discover how federal, state and local environmental, health and safety requirements apply to the laboratory environment, and how to improve regulatory compliance, reduce liability exposure, and most importantly convince others to care more about health, safety and the environment.

BioPharm America™ 2017

Date: September 26-27, 2017
Location: Boston, MA
WebsiteClick here to learn more.

BioPharm America™ is where biotech industry partnerships get started. This two-day conference provides a proven and highly productive format for establishing new business relationships. The event brings dealmakers from the life science ecosystem together to engage and de-risk the enormous task of drug development. Meet face-to-face with biotech and pharma executives from around the world to identify and enter strategic relationships. Equipped with partneringONE®, the world’s leading web-based partnering system for the life science industry, BioPharm America is the only event in North America based on the same reputable formula as EBD Group’s acclaimed European events BIO-Europe® and BIO-Europe Spring®. In 2016, BioPharm America attracted 850+ delegates from over 525 companies who participated in 2,350+ scheduled one-to-one meetings.

World Vaccine Congress

Date: October 10-12, 2017
Location: Fira Center, Barcelona
WebsiteClick here to learn more.

Make sure you are at the forefront of the vaccines industry. No matter where your interest lies, at the 18th annual World Vaccine Congress we have content, networking and potential partners for you.

By bringing experts from the whole value chain under one roof, you get to choose the sessions which are the most applicable to help your business plan for the future of vaccine research, development and manufacture.

Take just three days out of the office to meet with 450+ potential customers who need to find solutions to challenges around the commercial and scientific issues in manufacturing, trials, strategy, regulation, veterinary, immune profiling, respiratory, therapeutic and emerging diseases vaccines.

The World Vaccine Congress Europe is a place where collaborations are founded and scientific innovations are sparked. For more information, please visit

World Orphan Drug Congress Europe

Date: November 13-15, 2017
Location: Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos Barcelona, Barcelona
WebsiteClick here to learn more.

The 8th annual World Orphan Drug Congress is the marketplace for orphan drug professionals looking at the complete value chain of orphan drug development, from clinical development and R&D to corporate development and market access.

Being Europe’s largest Orphan Drug Congress, this event will provide a platform for you to showcase your thought leadership and expertise pharma, biotechs, payers, regulators and patient advocates.

Join us in November and make sure you are at the forefront of the orphan drug industry. Regardless of whether your interest lies in research, clinical development, patient access, global pricing and reimbursement or just to engage with patient advocacy groups more intimately, we have content, networking and potential partners for you!

Take just three days out of the office to meet with 400+ potential customers who need to find solutions to challenges around the commercial, regulatory and scientific issues in orphan drugs. Through strategic keynote plenaries, themed tracks and dedicated networking sessions, you have the chance to really tailor the event to the needs of your day-to-day role. For more information, please visit

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