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GABIO eNewsletter Current [September 27, 2013] [9/26/13]
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In This Issue

  • Letter From the President
  • Atlanta Science Festival
  • Preparing for the Summit with the Hallway Track
  • BioCollaborative
  • Chubb-A Breakthrough in Life Sciences Insurance
  • Upcoming Events

Champion Sponsors

Welcome New Members

More than 35 new members have joined GaBio in 2013!

Akash Naik
Amnion Laboratories LLC
Aquila Solutions, LLC
Barbara Chalef
BCS Laboratories
Better Walk Inc.
Bioreactor Sciences
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Caprico Biotechnologies
CBIZ Insurance Services, Inc.
Central Georgia Technical College
Clearside Biomedical
Down South Innovation
Gayatri Chandra
Guy Holden
Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.
Health Systems Innovations LLC
Hellerstein Consulting
Imperial College London
John Barker
Joshua Boutwell
Launch Valley
Meredian Inc.
MPI Research
Newton Seating Company, Inc.
Nycom Inc.
Osmotica Pharmaceutical
Phigenix, Inc.
Pritchard & Jerden
Red Bag Solutions
Sero-Immuno Diagnostic Inc.
Southern Polytechnic State University
Troutman Sanders
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.
  • Biological Consulting Services
  • Encompass Pharmaceutical Services
  • Extreme Laboratory Consulting Services, Inc.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia State University Research Foundation
  • Metaclipse Therapeutics
  • MiMedx Group, Inc
  • Neurop Inc.
  • Otogenetics
  • 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

It's that exciting time of year again — schools are back in session, the Braves are in the playoffs and your Life Sciences Summit is around the corner!  If you have not yet registered or were unsure if you would attend this year, I would like to personally ask that you join us on October 9th.  The value of the Summit is in its attendees.  That means that I need you there to bring your expertise to the other delegates, to network and find your next partners and employees, and to learn from our outstanding sessions organized by your peers.  Our Summit chairman, John Richard, and his team of volunteers are delivering an enhanced program that should not be missed.

If you have never attended the Summit, or attended in the past and didn't plan to return, I'd like to tell you a few great reasons for you to be there this year:

  • The best networking event for our industry with hundreds of industry executives
  • A new focused investment track with 6 companies presenting in the "Shark Tank" and over a dozen investors in attendance
  • One-to-one partnering meetings scheduled via our new online platform
  • Outstanding speakers and keynotes including Governor Deal and John Ratliff, President and COO of Quintiles
  • Learn about the new enhanced value of your Georgia Bio membership

So, here is your homework assignment:

1.  Complete your conference registration today! Click here.
2.  Consider a last-minute sponsorship or exhibit to maximize value for your company.  Packages are still availble.
3.  Encourage your employees and colleagues to attend.

At the Summit there is truly strength in numbers and we hope to count you among those making this one of the country's best life sciences conferences.  See you in October!

Atlanta Science Festival Accepting Proposals for the Exploration Expo!

The first Atlanta Science Festival, a celebration of local science and innovation, will be held throughout metro Atlanta, March 22-29, 2014. From toddlers to science professionals and everyone in between, thousands of people are expected to participate in this inaugural event.  The Festival’s Exploration Expo! alone is expected to draw up to 20,000 people!

What is the Exploration Expo!? It is the largest, most extensive daylong celebration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the region! On Saturday, March 29, 2014, people of all ages and backgrounds will experience the excitement and wonder of scientific ideas and investigation first hand through dozens of fun interactive booths, mind boggling hands-on activities, and engaging performances.  This FREE event will be held from 11 am – 4pm in the heart of downtown Atlanta—Centennial Olympic Park.

According to the Atlanta Science Festival Director, Jordan Rose, David Terraso and other steering committee members, "The Atlanta Science Festival's Explorations Expo! is a huge science party for kids and adults alike. Come and let the public experience how science is fun and relevant to their lives by giving them opportunities to participate in hands-on activities that show off your organization's passion for science and math.”

The Atlanta Science Festival Exploration Expo! Committee is currently inviting proposals for exhibits, performances, and or activities that are engaging, exciting, and promote science, technology, and or mathematics.  Anyone interested in sharing their passion for science through hands-on experiences with families with children aged 0-13 and broad public audiences is encouraged to submit an Exploration Expo! proposal online by December 13, 2013.

For questions or additional information, please visit the Atlanta Science Festival website, or email

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Preparing for the Hallway Track

Guest Writer: Jonathan Bray, Pathable

Many of the most important sessions at the Georgia Life Sciences Summit are not given in meeting rooms. In fact, they’re not listed in the program. They’re happening in the hallways.
One of the top reason people come to Georgia Life Sciences Summit is to meet new people and to reinforce and build relationships with the people they know. And all that networking is happening in the hallway. It’s the Hallway Track.
With some pre-conference planning, you can optimize your networking experience:
1.     Make Your Hit List: Who do you want to meet? From which companies? Take a moment to jot the names and companies of people you would like to meet. Now, use the conference community to see what they look like and to start conversations with them.
2.     Session Serendipity: Which sessions are people from your hit list likely to attend? Maybe you should attend those, too. And get their early.
3.     Profile Me: The pre-conference online community is the secret sauce to a networking strategy, so pay close attention to building out your profile. Choose a picture that resembles you. While it’s tempting to use a glamor shot, or a picture of your child, those won’t help people recognize and connect with you. Upload a recent, professional close-up. When completing your bio and interests, avoid salesy pitches, but be sure to include key words that someone looking for you might use in a search.
4.     Connect Early: The beauty of a pre-conference online community is that it allows connections to be made and discussions to take place without the large crowds and gatekeepers some attendees have at conference. So start conversations before the event starts, either individually, or as a group.
5.     Easy Tiger: However, avoid direct sales pitches (e.g., "I would like to talk to you about buying my product”)! It can be as big a turnoff at a conference as it is in a singles bar. Instead, offer insight or knowledge, or better yet, ask a question or pay a compliment. Building relationships takes time and patience.

Once you’ve made a connection online, don’t be too shy to suggest a meet-up. It’s all a question of timing.
You’ve done your homework, you’ve made it to the show, you’ve got your best duds on and a mint in your mouth. It’s game time..

Georgia Bio Introduces BioCollaborative to Georgia's Industry

Georgia Bio would like to introduce its newest partner, the BioCollaborative.

The BioCollaborative provides the BioTech and MedTech sectors with a broad offering of industry-vetted eLearning certificate programs designed to get you, or your team, up to speed in such as domains as Life Sciences. The Life Science Immersion Program is crafted to teach the non-scientist all of the fundamentals required to foster a better understanding of both the business and the science side of the life science industry.

One of the most recent courses launched by the BioCollaborative is MedTech Immersion, comprised of 30 core courses, with video vignettes,  and 17 optional courses, including "Introduction to Medical Device Technology,” "Wireless: Intersection of Mobile and Medical Device,” "Real World Project & Process Perspective,” and more. This program is designed to provide an understanding of this rapidly-growing sector as well as the business environments surrounding it.

There are currently two other BioCollaborative immersion programs Biotechnology Immersion and Leaderology.  In addition there are four shorter focus programs:  Business Essentials for Scientists; Industrial Life Science 101; Advanced Project Management; and Imagine. Inspire. Innovate.

Certificates of Achievement and 120 Professional Development Units (PDUs) are granted upon completion of Immersion Programs, while the shorter track programs grant a Record of Development certificate and 60 PDUs when completed.

Details of all BioCollaborative programs can be found at, or contact them directly at Special pricing is available for all Georgia Bio members on all programs.

Chubb-A Breakthrough in Life Sciences Insurance

Members Can save with Chubb and many other vendors with the GaBio Purchasing Program

Your passion is to develop lifesaving or life extending products to prevent, treat or cure disease. Our passion is to support your company’s development by delivering specialized insurance and risk management solutions that minimize loss potential, and protect your bottom line from the financial consequences of an insured loss or lawsuit, such as:

  • The FDA places a clinical hold on your trial due to serious adverse events sustained by three participants.  
  • A salesperson in the operating room provides inappropriate advice to the physician using your implantable medical device. 
  • You are sued for invasion of privacy when a patient specific test result is inadvertently made public.

Since 1995, Chubb has had a dedicated team of underwriting, loss control and claim staff focused exclusively on your fast-paced industry. Our leadership is evident in Chubb’s products and services, and has earned us the recognition of both the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) as their BIO Business Solutions endorsed property casualty insurer and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA).

Save on:

  • Property and Casualty Insurance
  • Clinical Trials Liability Insurance
  • Errors and Omissions Liability Insurance
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Products Liability Insurance 

Click Here For More Details or contact Dan Jackson 404-266-4029 |

Upcoming Events

Georgia Life Sciences Summit
October 9, 2013

WIB-Atlanta - Paths to Success: Entrepreneurship
October 17, 2013

NanoFans Forum: Nano-Immuno Engineering
October 18, 2013

Venture Atlanta
October 22-23, 2013

Georgia Bio Leaders Breakfast fea. John "JJ" Spegele of Quintiles
October 23, 2013

How to Win at the Partnering Game presented by ShareVault
October 23, 2013

Osmotica Pharmaceuticals Industry Tour
October 30, 2013

Southeast BIO Investor Forum
November 5-7, 2013

FDA/UGA Medical Device Conference
November 6, 2013

A Different Kind of Networking
Joint Women In Bio & Georgia Bio Program
November 12, 2013
Details coming soon

Starting and Growing Life Sciences Companies in Augusta: Chasing the Dream
November 19, 2013

Georgia Bio Leaders Breakfast fea. Jeff Wren of UCB
November 20, 2013

Clinical Research in Georgia
December 4, 2013

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.

National Life Sciences Partners

Did You Know...

You can update your profile & view the members only directory at our members center?

1. Go to and select Member Center, Update Profile from the top navigation panel
2. Sign in using your email address as the user name and password ('gabio' is a default password, or email to request one)
3. Look for the View/Edit Profile link under your name on the page that opens
4. Here you can edit your profile, even load a picture
5. Scroll to the bottom left for the member directories




Georgia Bio Launches the Georgia BioEd Institute

GaBio Focusing on Advocacy; Institute Focusing on Education Efforts

Georgia Bio today announced the launch of the Georgia BioEd Institute.  Georgia Bio will continue to focus on the improvement of business conditions in the industry and advocacy as a trade association, and the Georgia BioEd Institute will focus on life science education and workforce development efforts in Georgia.  The Georgia BioEd Institute will be a division of Georgia Bio and be overseen by a Board of Advisors, which will report to the larger Georgia Bio Board of Directors.

Georgia Bio and the Georgia BioEd Institute will collaborate on activities that support the life sciences in the state. "This is a major step for more than just the organization," said Russell Allen, President & CEO of Georgia Bio.  "This represents the maturation of the Georgia life science community as we meet increasing demands from our growing companies."  

Keep Reading

Legislators Tour Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon Facility

Hosted in conjunction with Georgia Bio

In an effort to reach out to our state legislators the Georgia Bio Government Affairs committee helped organize a tour of Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon manufacturing facility in Cornelia, GA.

Johnson & Johnson has two manufacturing facilities in Georgia, one in Cornelia and in Athens. The Cornelia facility employs roughly 600 people and the Athens facility employs just over 200 people. Johnson & Johnson also has approximately 200 field employees in the state and around 1,000 retirees living in Georgia. 

Following the tour, legislators participated in a "Biosimilars 101" tutorial led by Susanne Hollinger, PhD, JD, CLP, Director, License and Patent Strategy at Emory University's Office of Technology Transfer.


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