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GABIO eNewsletter Archive [September 2012] [09/27/12]
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Special 2012 Summit Program Issue

  • Only 7 Days until the Georgia Life Sciences Summit
  • How Can Georgia Compete? A Candid Discussion with Georgia Leaders
  • Learn about BioCareers and SBIR Funding at the Summit
  • 2012 Life Sciences Summit Exhibitors

New Member Highlight: McNeary, Inc.

The new Georgia Bio Newsletter

McNeary, Inc.  is a privately held insurance brokerage firm consisting of healthcare specialists serving the insurance and risk management needs throughout the southeast for over 50 years.  To learn more about McNeary, Inc. and its services in commercial insurance offerings from clinical trials and employee benfits to product recall and cyber liability, CLICK HERE or visit

Network & Learn at the Summit

Purchasing Program

Services to help you grow.  Resources to help you thrive.

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

  • Abeome Corporation
  • Aderans Research
  • Alimera Sciences, Inc.
  • C.R. Bard
  • Geovax Labs, Inc.
  • Mikart
  • SJ Pharmaceuticals, LLC

Onsite Registration Available

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 requirse additional resources.  Make a donation to help us educate our elected officials about the significance of the life sciences industry.  Contact for details.

Only 7 Days until the Georgia Life Sciences Summit

Onsite Registration is Available

Alex Gorsky

There's just one week left until the 11th annual Georgia Life Sciences Summit, Oct. 3, 2012, in Atlanta. Don’t miss out on the excitement. This is the only opportunity of the year to network with your peers from across Georgia and the nation. More than 800 professionals are expected to attend. And that’s not all.

Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky will deliver the luncheon keynote speech on the topic of "Future Forward: New Directions in Meeting Global Health Needs.” Mr. Gorsky is the leader of one of the largest health care products and pharmaceutical companies in the world. Johnson & Johnson also has a significant presence in Georgia with subsidiaries Noramco and Ethicon, which recently announced a $185 million expansion in Athens. Together the two companies employ 1,000 professionals in our state.

The Summit also will provide you with a chance to welcome Baxter Healthcare’s Brien Johnson, Vice President, Program Manager, Plasma Bioscience, and learn first-hand the full impact of Baxter’s decision to build a $1 billion biomanufacturing plant in our state with 1,500 employees.

In addition, more than 70 speakers, including senior executives and scientists from multi-national corporations, universities and emerging companies, will explore trends and issues in 12 panel sessions throughout the day focused on medical technology and devices; changing landscape of the pharmaceutical industry; therapeutics, diagnostics and vaccines; and new and exciting science at Georgia’s universities. See the complete Summit Program with speaker bios.
The Summit, which will be held in the Georgia International Convention Center, also will include a BioCareer Resource Center, a sold-out Exhibit Hall featuring the latest advances in products and services, a special presentation of SBIR opportunities, and a closing gala reception. Here is a link to the Summit website with complete information.
See you at the Summit!

How Can Georgia Compete? A Candid Discussion with Georgia Leaders

Georgia is home to more than 360 Life Science Companies responsible for more than 100,000 jobs; and the industry is growing. The 11th annual Georgia Life Sciences Summit, October 3, 2012, will open with four Georgia bioscience leaders discussing the opportunities and challenges of growing a medical device, pharmaceutical, and vaccine company.

The plenary session, from 8:30 am to 9:15 am, will focus on the topic of How Can Georgia Compete? A Candid Discussion with Georgia Leaders and feature the following speakers:

  • Thomas Callaway, M.D., M.B.A., Chair, Georgia Bio; Founder & President, Life Science Partner
  • David Dodd, 2012 Summit Chair; CEO, VaxyGen
  • William A. Hawkins III, President & CEO, Immucor Gamma
  • Edward J. Schutter, Vice Chair, Georgia Bio; President & CEO, Arbor Pharmaceuticals  

Don’t miss this opening discussion of what promises to be the best Summit ever. The day-long Summit will be held at the Georgia International Convention.  Here is a link to the Summit website for complete information and registration.

Learn about BioCareers and SBIR Funding

One-On-One Meetings with NCI, SBIR Still Available, Apply Today

The 11th annual Georgia Life Sciences Summit, October 3, 2012 is your place to hear the latest advice on BioCareers and find out about SBIR funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

The Summit’s Biocareer Resource Center opens at 8 am and will feature an interactive conversation with some of the most accomplished professionals in the biosciences community in Georgia. Learn from their experiences and knowledge what makes a stand-out candidate for hire or the next Vice President. See details here. Panelists are:

  • Margot King; VP of Recruiting Solutions,  ZeroChaos, (Moderator)
  • H. Lee Herron, DVM; Vice President of Commercialization, Georgia Research Alliance
  • Beata D. Kochut; Research Analyst, Selig Center for Economic Growth, Terry College of Business, University of Georgia
  • Teshome Mebatsion; DVM, Ph.D.; Sr. Director of Vector Vaccine Research, Merial Bio R&D
  • Harriet L. Robinson; Ph.D.; Chief Scientific Officer, GeoVax
  • Phil Van Trump; Director, Process Development, Meredian

The Summit also will welcome NCI SBIR Development Center Program Director Ming Zhao, PhD, at 10:30am.  Dr. Zhao will provide updates on new initiatives, funding opportunities, and how investors and strategic partners can benefit from the SBIR program.  In addition, NCI will provide valuable tips on applying for funding through the program. Learn more here. Following this workshop, those companies who were preselected will have private meetings with Dr. Zhao and Andrew J. Kurtz, PhD, Lead Program Director of the NCI SBIR center.

2012 Life Sciences Summit Exhibitors

Georgia Life Sciences Summit attendees consistently tell us how much they learn from and enjoy their time in the exhibit hall. We also host the closing reception in the exhibit hall and multiple break areas are strategically placed throughout the hall for small meeting purposes. Make sure you don’t miss out! The 2012 exhibit hall is already a sell out!

AHA Consulting Engineers
Alston & Bird
Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
CDC Federal Credit Union
Emerging Leaders Network
Emory University
Encompass Pharmaceutical Services
Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine
GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services
Georgia Bio
Georgia Health Sciences University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University

Georgia Trend
Innovation Crescent Regional Partnership
Johnson & Johnson
Jubilant Clinsys
Kilpatrick Towsend
King & Spalding
McNeary, Inc.
Morehouse School of Medicine
Piedmont Heart Institute
RFS Pharma
Rees Scientific
Rx Sample Solutions Inc.
Smith & Howard
Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
University of Georgia
University of Georgia College Pharmacy
William Gallagher Associates


Georgia Bio Events

Georgia Life Sciences Summit
October 3, 2012

Keeping Treatment in Reach - Public Forum
October 10, 2012

Legal & Regulatory Affairs Network Reception
October 17, 2012

ELN Volunteers with the Atlanta BeltLine
October 20, 2012

MVA Scientific Consultants Industry Tour
December 11, 2012

Industry Events

AdvaMed 2012
October 1-3, 2012
Georgia Bio Member Code: SUPPAR235

The 6th Peptide Engineering Meeting
October 2-5, 2012

Georgia Tech Bio Industry Symposium
October 8-9, 2012
GaBio Member Discount Code $100 Off: GeorgiaBio

Influenza Congress USA
November 12-13, 2012

Cell Culture World Congress USA
November 12-13, 2012

November 12-14, 2012

Medical Devices Summit Europe
November 13-14, 2012

Drug Development Boot Camp
November 14–15, 2012

World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2012
November 29-30, 2012

4th Annual Medicare Advantage Strategic Business Symposium
December 4-5, 2012

World Drug Repositioning Congress USA
December 4-5, 2012

Biotech Showcase™ 2013
January 7–9, 2013

Stop by the Poster Session at the Summit

Did You Know...

Georgia Bio can help you recruit the talent needed to grow your organization?

1. Visit the online Career Center
2. Select Create an Employer Account
3. Post jobs today!

Your destination for exciting Life Science job opportunities is just a click away?

1. Visit the online Career Center
2. Select Search for Jobs
3. Post your resume today!

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









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