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GABIO eNewsletter Archive [February 2013] [2/28/13]
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In This Issue

  • Letter From the President
  • Take the 2013 Georgia Bio Membership Survey
  • AdvaMed Guest Article: Advocacy & Emerging Company Growth
  • What's Up the Workforce Pipeline?
  • Upcoming Events

Champion Sponsors

The Stephen B. Thacker Fund

We are saddened to inform you of the death of Maria Thacker's father, Dr. Stephen B. Thacker.  He died peacefully at home from complications of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease on February 15.  Members have inquired about the memorial details and outreach to Maria during this time.  Details can be found at Additionally, The Thacker Family has established the Stephen B. Thacker Fund at the CDC Foundation to honor Dr. Thacker's life and service to public health as well as his passion for the Epidemic Intelligence Service.

Click Here for Details.

 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.
  • Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Aruna Biomedical, Inc.
  • BioCure, Inc.
  • C.R. Bard
  • Femasys, Inc.
  • FOB Synthesis, Inc.
  • Geovax Labs, Inc.
  • Iconic Therapeutics, 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 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

Returning to Georgia’s bioscience community is an exciting opportunity and I thank you for welcoming me back.   As I complete my first month with Georgia Bio I continue to be amazed by the progress and accomplishments in our bio industry.  I extend my congratulations to the award recipients at our Starry Night gala held at the Fox Theater last month who represent those accomplishments.  With your contributions and leadership we are poised to be a world leader in the development of life-improving and life-saving technologies.

Georgia Bio has been busy kicking off the year with planning for the Life Sciences Summit (October 9th), a busy session with the Georgia General Assembly, fighting for repeal of the medical device tax in D.C. and long-term strategic planning for our organization.  To help me guide that plan I ask that you take a few minutes to complete our member survey so we can be sure to address the needs and priorities of your organization.

Be sure to check the Georgia Bio calendar to the right and on our website as there are many opportunities to network and learn through our programs.  We are also working on enhancements to our member management system and are putting plans in place for an online resource clearinghouse.  We’ll be launching new networks and committees to serve the needs of all of our members, so keep reading our newsletter and website to learn about your opportunities to engage and serve.

Our education and workforce programs are improving STEM education and directly assisting member companies with hiring, training and other HR needs.  With our HR Network we can help you access salary reimbursements for your new hires while they go through training.   And we are seeking member leadership for our Visiting Scientist and Training for Teachers programs at local high schools.  Scroll down to learn more about these programs and how to get involved.

I am honored to serve as your new president and CEO and look forward to working together in support of Georgia’s bioscience industry.

Georgia Bio Member Survey

Georgia Bio wants to hear from you! Please complete our new Membership Survey, which is only a click away and will take just 10 minutes to complete. The survey is completely online and the results will immediately go to Georgia Bio. Your feedback is anonymous and will help assist us with a new strategic plan to drive the organization forward.still

Why a membership survey? Here are just a few benefits:

  • Obtain an unbiased quantitative measurement of member opinions on key issues
  • Identify issues, programs and practices that are most important to members, and most in need of improvement
  • Gauge the effectiveness of proposed and existing member programs and communications
  • Boost member morale and feelings of connection to the organization and its goals and needs

Thank you in advance you for feedback and participation.  We look forward to hearing from you.  CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY.

AdvaMed Guest Article: Advocacy & Emerging Company Growth

By: Carrie Hartgen

AdvaMed State and Federal Advocacy
Leaders of the State Medical Technology Alliance (SMTA), a consortium of state-based medical technology trade associations led by AdvaMed, including Georgia Bio, recently canvassed Capitol Hill with important industry messaging. The Feb. 5-6 event included 24 individuals from 20 different SMTA member organizations representing 17 states who visited congressional offices to discuss key issues legislation to repeal the device tax, and the importance of considering the impact of proposed policies on the medtech industry and patients during deficit reduction and tax code reform discussions.

In conjunction with the fly-in, AdvaMed and SMTA also unveiled a new State Medical Technology Competitiveness Agenda aimed at preserving America’s global leadership in medical innovation. The agenda proposes specific recommendations under three broad policy areas, including tax policy, business development, and reimbursement policies. Among the recommendations, which would provide assistance to start-up companies as well as established firms, are that states have a tax credit for research and development as well as consider some type of tax credit to provide manufacturers with some relief from user fees paid to the federal government for product approvals or the federal medical device excise tax, which was included in the Affordable Care Act. Other sections of the Agenda address the need for a well-trained workforce and access to capital. AdvaMed will work with state associations like Georgia Bio and legislators to build support for Agenda components.  Full details of the AdvaMed State Medical Technology Competitiveness Agenda can be found here.

AdvaMed Emerging Growth Company Council Update(EGCC)
AdvaMed’s Emerging Growth Company Council (EGCC) is committed to addressing the needs and challenges of the medical technology industry’s emerging and early-growth enterprises – the drivers of life-changing innovation, job creation and economic expansion. In 2012, AdvaMed reaffirmed that commitment by inaugurating a reorganized and expanded EGCC governed by its own Board of Directors composed of CEOs from small companies. Under a strategic plan approved in December, AdvaMed’s EGCC is committed to a culture of inclusivity that recognizes the diverse nature of its members and the importance of each member’s viewpoint.

The strategic goals, supported through the establishment of an EGCC Center of Excellence in early 2013, include providing EGCC members with tools to help them better navigate changing regulatory, reimbursement and compliance requirements that are most critical to their success – Georgia Bio members will have access to a number of these tools as they are developed and implemented. In addition, the EGCC will contribute to the development of policies favorable to smaller manufacturers and that stimulate innovation, with a particular emphasis in 2013 on tax reform. The EGCC looks forward to engaging with Georgia Bio members on both a local and national level in these efforts.

What's Up The Workforce Pipeline?

It has been an exciting start to the year for the Georgia Bio Education and Workforce Development program. From the first-ever Teacher of the Year award handed out at the Starry Night dinner on January 24, to the multiple companies participating in the Visiting Scientist program, the outreach for this year is looking to be the best-ever.  Continued participation from scientists throughout the industry are encouraged and we thank companies such as CardioMEMS, Merial and Arbor Pharmaceuticals for helping the Visiting Scientist program in particular get off to a great start.

Georgia Bio is committed to improving the workforce in Georgia, and to help achieve this we are helping to align the current and future workforce in Georgia with the needs of its life sciences industries.  One way we are achieving this is through teacher trainings and partnership trainings.  Learn how you can help by providing only a hour of your expert time at the next Biotech Cluster Meeting Workshop or by participating in the Federal on the Job Training Q&A with the Atlanta Regional Commission on March 11 where you can learn about a 90% salary reimbursement.  Your participation is the highlight of the day for teachers, so help us in this important component to workforce development.

For more details on each program mentioned in this article click here.

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


Upcoming Events

Product Recalls - How They Affect Your Organization
February 28, 2013

Extraordinary Female Leadership: Vision is the Differentiator
February 28, 2013

Medical Devices Summit
February 28–March 1, 2013

Federal On the Job Training Q&A
March 11, 2013

BIO-Europe Spring 2013
March 11-13, 2013

37th International Good Manufacturing Practices Conference
Monday, March 11, 2013 - Thursday, March 14, 2013

Southeast Venture Conference 2013
March 13-14, 2013

Georgia Tech Graduate Career Symposium
March 14, 2013

Regenerative Medicine: Technologies Enabling Novel Therapies
17th Annual Hilton Head Workshop

March 20-23, 2013

One Health Symposium: Breaking Barrier and Crossing Scales
March 21-23, 2013

BIO's Semiannual IP Counsels Committee Conference
March 25-27, 2013

Glycoscience Resources in Georgia: Opportunities for Translational Research
March 27, 2013

Southeast Venture Philanthropy Summit
April 4, 2013

World Orphan Drug Congress USA 2013
April 9-11, 2013

Georgia Bio Leaders Breakfast featuring EndoChoice's Mark Gilreath
April 18, 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...

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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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