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GABIO eNewsletter Archive [June 2013] [6/3/13]
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In This Issue

  • Letter From the President
  • Governor Deal to Keynote Summit
  • Fort McPherson is Getting Ready for Business
  • Education & Workforce Update
  • Upcoming Events

Champion Sponsors

Welcome New Members

Aquila Solutions, LLC
CBIZ Insurance Services, Inc.
CiDrep LLC
Gary G Altman
Gayatri Chandra
Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.
Hellerstein Consulting
Jack Capponi
John Morgan Barker
Julie Schaetzel
Meredian Inc.
Newton Seating Company, Inc.
Nycom Inc.
Phigenix, Inc.
Pritchard & Jerden
Southern Polytechnic State University
University Community Development Corporation

 Purchasing Program

New services and products coming soon.

Your job is to manage your company’s resources wisely, and our job is to help your organization save money. Georgia Bio has partnered with the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the international association for the biotech industry, to offer GaBio members discounts and other benefits on products and services from industry-leading suppliers through BIO’s cost-savings program, BIO Business Solutions.  This partnership provides GaBio members excellent discounts and special benefits on such products and services as laboratory products and equipment, clinical trials liability and other lines of commercial insurance policies, news distribution services, office supplies, computer and technology products and more.

GaBio's Purchasing Program will save your organization time and money

Many members have saved over the years, here are just some who take advantage and save!  Learn more at

  • Alimera Sciences, Inc.
  • Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Encompass Pharmaceutical Services
  • Extreme Laboratory Consulting Services, Inc.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia State University Research Foundation
  • MiMedx Group, Inc
  • Neurop Inc.
  • P3 Laboratories, LLC
  • Peachtree Bioresearch Solutions, Inc.
  • Porex Corporation
  • RayBiotech, Inc.
  • REACH Health, Inc.
  • RFS Pharma, LLC
  • SaluMedica
  • Sero-Immuno Diagnostic Inc.
  • Theragenics Corporation

Policy Matters

Policy. Partnership. Action.

Georgia Bio is the state’s leading advocate for advancing the life sciences.  Through advocacy work in Georgia and Washington D.C., Georgia Bio conducts programs, provides leadership and advocates for life science companies and university research essential to improving the health and economy of Georgia.

Donate to the GBO

Sustaining the lobbying efforts of Georgia Bio requires additional resources.  Make a donation to help us educate our elected officials about the significance of the life sciences industry.  Contact for details.

Letter From the President

By: Russell Allen

As we approach the mid-year mark for 2013, I wanted to highlight for you some of the exciting activities and plans for Georgia Bio.  I will further outline the Board’s vision and strategy for the organization at our breakfast on June 19th and I hope you can join me there.

From our recent member survey, you told us that networking was the most important aspect of your membership.  We are putting plans in place for significant enhancements to our networking programs and opportunities to meet potential partners, investors & clients at events like the Life Sciences Summit.

Tina McKeon of Kilpatrick Stockton and Georgia Bio Program Committee Chair, is working with us to develop a robust calendar of programs for the remainder of this year and to finalize an event calendar for 2014.  Along with our Bio Leaders breakfast series, BioBash events and ELN activities, we plan a return to our regular member breakfast meetings, starting with the program on June 19th.  Keep an eye on our comprehensive online calendar for these and other industry-related events.

Our sister organization, the Georgia Biosciences Organization, completed a busy legislative year and enjoyed numerous priority success, including passage of the Angel Investor Tax Credit, Invest Georgia Venture Capital Fund and funding for our research and commercial infrastructure through programs like those at the Georgia Research Alliance and Georgia Department of Economic Development  The GBO, led by Chris Lepore of J&J and our counsel at Brock Clay, continued to attract participation and support from several organizations and I’d like to thank the following companies for their support this year:  Amgen, Baxter, BIO, CSL Behring, Genentech, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Millennium, and UCB.

Business Support
One of our chief objectives is to help Georgia bioscience companies succeed.  To that end, we are establishing sector networks to help us address the needs of all members.  Look for more information soon on how to join these networks: Health & Bio IT Network; Ag & Industrial Biotech Network; Manufacturing and Logistics Network, and the Medical Device Network.

We are implementing numerous other programs and enhancing our education & workforce programs (see article below) to better serve our members directly.  Our Life Sciences Summit features a robust online platform along with one-to-one onsite meetings; we’re speaking with big pharma and device companies about holding dedicated Partnering Days in the state; and later this year, we will kick off an effort to develop a comprehensive online clearinghouse to provide you a one-stop shop for Georgia bioscience information and resources.

Marketing & Promotions
Bill Kitchens from Arnall Golden & Gregory chairs our Industry Marketing Committee, designed to support economic development efforts of our partners.  As the voice of Georgia’s bioscience industry, we will continue to work towards a strong business climate and develop the tools for success here in the state. 

Georgia Bio is ready to lead this industry through the strength of our members.  Your support and active involvement helps us to coalesce into one of the nation’s strongest bioscience communities.  Thank you for being a part of our efforts.

Governor Nathan Deal to Keynote Georgia Life Sciences Summit

Georgia’s life sciences industry is growing and the scope of this success along with the opportunities and challenges facing innovative companies in the U.S. and across the globe will be among topics featured at the 12th Annual Georgia Life Sciences Summit, Oct. 9, 2013, at the Georgia International Convention Center.

Georgia Bio is pleased to announce the Honorable Governor Nathan Deal as the morning session keynote speaker for the Georgia Life Sciences Summit.  Governor Deal has long recognized the significance of the life sciences industry to Georgia’s future and championed the growth of the local industry.  He recognizes the importance of improving K-12 science education, ensuring that Georgia students take advantage of rewarding life sciences careers.

As many as 800 CEOs, senior executives, investors, university scientists, physicians, and public policy experts are expected to attend the day-long Summit. In addition to keynote speakers, The Summit also will feature panel discussions highlighting the full range of bioscience innovation in Georgia including topics related to scientific research, product development, financing, business development and public policy. Details are available on the Summit website
This year’s theme is Innovation for Global Health and will focus on challenges, opportunities, and new models for the life science industry in the efforts to discover, develop and market new therapies, devices and diagnostics to improve health care in the U.S. and across the globe.  The Summit also serves as the only life sciences exposition in Georgia with an exhibit hall featuring the latest research, technology and services at companies, universities and other organizations.

The annual Georgia Life Sciences Summit is the one time each year bioscience professionals have the opportunity to showcase their innovation in Georgia, discuss trends and issues, and network with peers.  Don’t miss this opportunity!  Visit to learn more about the program, sponsorship opportunities and new for 2013…1:1 Meetings.

Fort McPherson is Getting Ready for Business

Guest Writer: Stacy Williams Shuker PhD, Down South Innovation

Georgia Bio has graciously allowed me to start a new network for manufacturing and logistics professionals, so I visited Fort McPherson this week to see if this retired Army base could play a role. "Fort Mac,” as it’s been known by Atlantans for decades, is located near the intersection of Interstate Highway 85 and Langford Parkway.  The McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment is the authority responsible for the redevelopment of the property. The LRA has been actively involved and supportive of Georgia Bio’s programs.   The staff has moved their offices to the old library at Fort McPherson and often have community and organizational meetings at this location.  
Fort McPherson closed in September 15, 2011 as a part of the 2005 Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC). Planning what to do with 488 acres of land in the south side Atlanta has been a multi-year process that has involved community outreach, governmental cooperation, relationship building and tours – lots and lots of tours. 
Fort Mac is right between the airport and downtown – about three and a half miles each way. The vision for this spot has been to transform it into a live, work, play setting for the high tech community. Because of its location, it is uniquely suited to serve global companies that need a convenient location for face-to-face collaborations. This is a place where people can fly in from all over the world, get on MARTA and be at the facility two stops later without ever renting a car.  It is a beautiful piece of property and presents an opportunity to change the future of Atlanta that will never come again.
Until now, the future of Fort Mac has been just a plan.  The Local Redevelopment Authority anticipates the conveyance of the property to the LRA from the Department of Defense in the late fall.  This means that companies will be able to buy land or rent buildings before the end of 2013.  The Authority has always been a proponent of this property becoming a biotech hub.  The news they want to get out to the life science community is that they want to start talking to companies about the opportunities there now.  They are looking for companies with cutting edge technologies who need inventive and flexible solutions for space to grow their companies with convenient access to a global airport and a major metropolitan city.
If you want to know more, contact Darlene Hawksley of the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority at or 404-477-6252.

The Down South Innovation Network is a virtual community of  almost 1000 life science professionals in the Southeastern US.  Visit to expand your network today.

Education & Workforce Development Update

The Georgia Bio Education and Workforce Development program has had a busy 2013.  The purpose of the program is to strengthen bioscience education, workforce and entrepreneurship in Georgia.  Some recent program highlights include:

Visiting Scientist Program - Scientists from 4 companies have visited Georgia schools to share their stories about science from an industry perspective with students.  Willing to reach out to students and teachers about science, careers and your profession? Click here to register in our visiting scientist resource bank

2013 BioGENEius Challenge - Georgia Bio has named two finalists and two runners up in the 2013 Georgia BioGENEius Challenge, the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research in biotechnology.   These students competed against students from across the country in the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge at the BIO International Convention in Chicago in April.  Chick here to read the press release.

Teacher Workshop at BIO International Convention - Member companies participated in a workshop for educators at the BIO Convention providing interactive presentations about their company's technology. The program emphasized the interdisciplinary nature of biotechnology education and modeled teaching that exemplifies the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and 21st century skills.

Industry Roundtable on Talent Development through Internships and Cooperative: The 2013 Georgia Bio Education and Workforce Development Forum will welcome Human Resource professionals, executives and post-secondary institutions in a roundtable discussion focusing on talent development through internship and cooperative partnerships with post-secondary institutions.  After a presentation on Successful Talent Development by Colleen Perry, Internship & Co-Op Coordinator, University Career Services at Georgia State University the group broke out into small working groups to discuss individual needs. This program answered questions such as:

  • How can my company create, sustain or expand a co-op or internship program?
  • What talent is coming out of various post-secondary institutions to benefit my company’s need for talent? 
  • How to utilize internships and cooperatives to help with research, innovation or shelved projects at my company

To learn more about these and other Georgia Bio education and workforce development programs, please visit the GeorgiaBioEd website at or email

Upcoming Events

June 4, 2013

Women In BIO-Atlanta: Summer Networking Evening
June 13, 2013

SouthEastern Association of Shared Resources Meeting
June 13-15, 2013

Georgia Bio Meet & Greet Breakfast feat. Russell Allen
June 19, 2013

Member Appreciation Luncheon feat. the Purchasing Consortium
August 13, 2013

Translational Research in Genomic Medicine - 2 Day Course
August 15-16, 2013

ELN Happy Hour at Einstein's
August 22, 2013

BioBash - Final Summit Countdown
September 10, 2013

AdvaMed2013-The MedTech Conference
September 23-25, 2013

Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine Congress / Cell Culture World Congress USA / World Cord Blood Congress
September 30-October 1, 2013

Georgia Life Sciences Summit
October 9, 2013

Congratulations to the Kindle Fire Winner!

Congratulations to Richard Brauckman of member company Theragenics for being randomly selected as the winner of the Kindle Fire.

Richard's feedback along with many other's has been vital to Georgia Bio's ongoing strategic planning process. We appreciate everyone who took the time to complete the Georgia Bio Membership Survey.  Keep an eye out for many more events and educational activities stemming from your feedback.

GaBio's Online Career Center

Find the people and careers driving innovation.

Our Career Center is the resource for life science jobs in Georgia.

One of Georgia Bio’s top priorities is to help recruit, retain and train the talent needed to grow life sciences in Georgia. We are driving to connect an innovative workforce to our emerging and dynamic organizations committed to better health solutions.

The GaBio Career Center offers simple and easy-to-use tools to make searching for career opportunities and finding qualified candidates fast, efficient and successful. 

This job board is custom tailored for the Life Science industry, which means we attract the most qualified professionals in Georgia. Create an Employer Account and post your Life Science jobs today!

Click Here to visit the Career Center today to post a job or find your next job in the life sciences sector.

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