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Atlanta Science Festival

: March 15th-25th, 2017
Location: Atlanta, GA
WebsiteClick here to learn more.

The Atlanta Science Festival is an annual public celebration of local science and technology. Curious people of all ages will explore the science and technology in our region and see how science is connected to all parts of our lives. Scientists and educators from museums, local schools, universities, and companies will uncover mysteries and explain discoveries in a variety of hands-on activities, facility tours, stimulating presentations, and riveting performances to expand our community of science enthusiasts and inspire a new generation of curious thinkers.

Atlanta Science Festival's EXPLORATION EXPO will take place Saturday, March 25, 2017, 11am-4pm at Centennial Olympic Park. Atlanta's biggest interactive science event is FREE and open to adults, families, and children of all ages and interests. The Exploration Expo promotes science exploration, discovery and innovation with more than 100 interactive exhibits, hands-on experiments, mind blowing demos and performances!

BIO-Europe Spring® 2017

Date: March 20–22, 2017
Location: Barcelona, Spain
WebsiteClick here for more information.

BIO-Europe Spring® is the springtime counterpart to EBD Group’s flagship conference, BIO-Europe®, and continues the tradition of providing life science companies with high caliber partnering opportunities. Featuring EBD Group’s sophisticated, web-based partnering system, partneringONE®, the event enables delegates to efficiently identify, meet and get partnerships started with companies across the life science value chain, from large biotech and pharma companies to financiers and innovative startups.

SEMDA PitchRounds-Atlanta

Date: March 21, 2017
Location: Atlanta, GA
WebsiteClick here for more information.

The SEMDA PitchRounds Road Show will be scouring the Southeast in search of innovators and entrepreneurs who are building the reputation of the region as a world-class destination for MedTech. The SEMDA PitchRounds Road Show will be pulling into Atlanta on March 21, 2017.


Join us at the Roam – Buckhead Garage from 5:30 – 8:00 pm to network and hear pitches from local startups. There’s no charge to attend.


The deadline to submit your application to pitch is March 7th.

RAPS Atlanta Chapter: 2017 Southeast Region Regulatory Career Day

Date: March 30, 2017
Location: Atlanta, GA
WebsiteClick here for more information.

Resolutions and goal setting cross everyone’s mind when a new year begins. If one of your to-do list items for 2017 is to seek opportunities in regulatory affairs, register today for the 2017 Southeast Region Regulatory Career Day. On 30 March 2017, Georgia Institute of Technology will host this interactive workshop full of presentations and panel discussions from seasoned professionals on how best to advance your career in regulatory.

Whether you want to transition into regulatory affairs, are an experienced regulatory professional, or a student looking for a new and exciting career, this is the career event for you. Come prepared to ask questions and gain insight from hiring representatives from medical device, pharmaceutical and biotech companies from the region.

This event is sponsored by the RAPS Atlanta Chapter and is intended to promote engagement among the local regulatory community. A light meal will be available.

Click here to register.

World Orphan Drug Congress USA 2017

Date: April 19-21, 2017
Location: Washington, DC
WebsiteClick here to learn more.

Over its 7-year history, the shape of the World Orphan Drug Congress USA has changed from a small conference focused on the US market, to a 4 track event, with over 1,000 global attendees, coming together to discuss the latest trends.

In 2017, World Orphan Drug Congress USA is bringing together the worlds of Scientific Innovation and Commercialization, with 2 tracks in the main conference. By exploring trends in Digital Health, Biosimilars, Gene Therapy, and more, we will uncover the next scientific breakthrough. Examinations of Mergers, Commercialization, Marketing and the Regional Markets will provide insight into this billion-dollar business.

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.

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.

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.

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

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