First Merial-Georgia Bio Research Exchange Held
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Posted by: Angela King
Duluth was the scene for the first ever Merial-Georgia Bio collaborative research exchange on November 13, aimed at increasing awareness of local expertise and capabilities in the field of biotechnology. Merial, a world-leading animal health company, hosted the event in partnership with Georgia Bio, a non-profit organization that promotes the interests and growth of the life sciences industry in Georgia. Members of Georgia Bio include companies, universities, research institutions, government groups and other industry associations involved in discovery and application of life sciences products and related services.
The 42 attendees heard presentations from Merial on potential partnership opportunities in animal health, and from Emory University, Mercer University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia State University, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the University of Georgia on their specific areas of expertise and innovation in the life sciences. According to Bob Nordgren, recently appointed Head of External Innovation at Merial and a member of the Georgia Bio Board of Directors, Merial is more focused than ever on developing creative partnerships with the biotechnology community. “The network of academic centers of excellence here in Georgia is extensive and diverse,” said Nordgren. “The scope of presentations given was very exciting, and the event has already led to requests for one-on-one meetings with several presenters with opportunities for further growth.”
Merial maintains one of the industry’s foremost research and development programs and has a strong record of collaboration with universities, public and private research institutions, and biotechnology companies that has enabled them to consistently bring ground-breaking and best-in-class products to the market. An increase in interactive alliances with Georgia universities, together with the Merial Veterinary Scholars program, illustrate the importance Merial places on partnerships with these key allies.
“Merial has been an influential member of the life science industry in Georgia for many years, and this meeting takes their leadership role to the next level,” said Stacy Williams Shuker, Director of Partnership Development for Georgia Bio. “I also applaud all of the academic institutes for finding their best talent to attend this event and make it a success. I look forward to seeing further opportunities develop based on interactions like this one.”
Based on positive feedback received after the event, and strong endorsement from all the participants, Merial plans to make the Research Exchange an annual event.