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GABIO eNewsletter Archive [October 2012] [10/31/12]
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In This Issue

  • 2012 Life Sciences Summit Debrief
  • Education & Workforce Development Update
  • ELN is Seeking Advisors
  • Washington Rundown

New Member Highlight: Galectin Therapeutics

The new Georgia Bio Newsletter

Galectin Therapeutics is developing promising carbohydrate-based therapies for the treatment of fibrotic liver disease and cancer based on the Company's unique understanding of galectin proteins, key mediators of biologic function. Galectin is leveraging extensive scientific and development expertise as well as established relationships with external sources to achieve cost effective and efficient development. The company is pursuing a clear development pathway to clinical enhancement and commercialization for our lead compounds in liver fibrosis and cancer. Additional information is available at

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

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.

Georgia Life Sciences Summit a Huge Success In Showcasing Innovation

The 11th annual Georgia Life Sciences Summit, Oct. 3, 2012, was a huge success with more than 600 attendees, 70 speakers and keynote addresses by Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky and Baxter Healthcare’s Brien Johnson, Vice President, Program Manager, Plasma Bioscience.
The Summit also featured the release of the 2012 Georgia Life Sciences Industry Analysis, Shaping Infinity, produced by the University of Georgia’s Selig Center for Economic Growth. Read the report online here. The analysis, the sixth in a series, shows that one out of every 40 jobs in Georgia is tied to the life sciences industry and during the Great Recession employment was stable, helping to offset the decline in jobs across all other industry sectors. The report also includes articles by Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Cummiskey, UCB’s North American Operations President Greg Duncan and Piedmont Heart Institute’s Innovation Center Board Chair Dr. Charles Wilmer.

The Summit featured a variety of elements, including a BioCareer Resource Center, a special session on National Cancer Institute SBIR grants, a sold out exhibit hall, scientific poster contest and 12 panel sessions in four subject tracks: medical technology and devices; changing landscape of the pharmaceutical industry; therapeutics, diagnostics and vaccines; and new and exciting science at Georgia’s universities.  Here is a link to the Summit website for complete information.

Don't Miss the Georgia Trend October Issue Feature:
"A Boost for Bioscience"

Education & Workforce Development Update: Partnerships for Success

Georgia Bio’s mission in education and workforce development is to accelerate the alignment of Georgia’s current and future workforce with the needs of its life sciences industries. In an effort to accomplish these goals, Georgia Bio is focusing on 4 areas: Industry-Education Partnership, Biotechnology Teacher Training, a Human Resource Network, and partnering with the Atlanta Science Festival.  Through these programs, Georgia Bio strives to strengthen the state's bioscience workforce pipeline.

The industry-education partnership is a priority and includes a proposed equipment depot, company  tours for educators and a Visiting Scientist program. The goal of the Visiting Scientist Program is to bring Industry and Education together in a partnership that benefits all parties involved. Visiting Scientists are matched with local biotechnology high school classrooms, to share scientific knowledge and experience with young people.  Companies who have expressed interest in participating include C.R Bard, Merial, Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Quintiles and Dendreon.  Click here to sign up to become a visiting scientist.

To learn more about all elements of the education and workforce development program, contact Melissa Nikolic, Education and Workforce Development Director

In order to sustain the Georgia Bio Education and Workforce development efforts, the 2013 Georgia Bio Awards Dinner will act as fundraiser for the program.

Emerging Leaders Network Seeking Advisors: Sign Up Today

The Georgia Bio Emering Leaders Network (ELN) is seeking a few new seasoned advisors.  The ELN is devoted to promoting networking between emerging and established professionals within the Georgia Life Sciences Community.  The ELN offers young professionals and graduate students who are interested in life sciences the opportunity to connect with each other, as well as with established professionals.  Learn more about the ELN here.

The Emerging Leaders Network is overseen by a small team of seasoned professional advisors.  These advisors play 4 key roles:

  • Coach: The ELN advisor acts as a professional development expert in a specific discipline, such as leadership development, performance management or emotional intelligence, who provides guidance and insight.
  • Partner: The ELN advisor is a partner who challenges an ELN leader to think as a leader.
  • Advisor: The ELN advisor is a confidant and trusted advisor to the ELN leadership team
  • Resource: The ELN advisor is an objective outside resource for the ELN leadership team.

The commitment for an Emerging Leader’s Network Advisor is:

  • Attend ELN Board Meetings (2-4/year)
  • Host an ELN Board Meeting at your office
  • Promote & Attend ELN Events
  • Vote on the winner of the Emerging Leaders of the Year. (Coordinated by the Awards Committee for GaBio)


Washington Update - September 2012

Issues Covered: Continuing Resolution, Sequestration, Farm Bil, Tax Policy & Fiscal Cliff

With two weeks until Election Day, Congress is adjourned for its earliest pre-election recess in modern history.  After a long August recess, Congress briefly re-convened in September to deal with only the most pressing issues. During its brief working session, Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the government but left unresolved other urgent issues while the country continues to move closer to the fiscal cliff and the impending sequestration.

Read the complete Washington Update.


Georgia Bio Events

ELN Networking & Happy Hour at Park Tavern
November 15, 2012

Holiday BioBash
December 4, 2012

Georgia Bio Leaders Breakfast
December 6, 2012

MVA Scientific Consultants Industry Tour
December 11, 2012

Industry Events

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


2013 Awards Dinner
January 24 | Fox Theatre

Submit an Award Nomination Today!



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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