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2013 Utah Life Science Summit Features Top State and National Leaders, Unrivalled Networking Opportunities

BioUtah (www.bioutah.org) today released the agenda for the 2013 Utah Life Science Summit, Utah’s premier life science event, which will be held all day, November 6 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The 2013 Utah Life Science Summit is presented by BioUtah, Utah’s official life science association, which was launched at the 2012 Summit. BioUtah is the state’s exclusive independent industry association, representing organizations focused on medical device, diagnostics, biotech, pharma and healthcare.

“BioUtah is delighted to present the 2013 Utah Life Science Summit,” said Kimball Thomson, president & CEO of BioUtah. “The Summit has become established as the quintessential annual event for the state’s life science community, and offers irreplaceable networking and learning opportunities. The caliber of the content and people involved is exceptional, across the board.”

The fourth annual Summit will feature four simultaneous tracks—Entrepreneurial, Regulatory, Strategic Pillars (mature companies) and State of the Sector. Every track consists of highly respected experts in their particular fields of endeavor. In addition, all participants will attend three plenary sessions: a breakfast keynote session, lunchtime awards ceremony and closing funding panel. The agenda and registration information for the Summit is available on a dedicated section of the BioUtah website, http://bioutah.org/2013-summit/.

The breakfast keynote session will feature two prominent global life science leaders: medical device expert Peter Fitzgerald, director of Stanford University’s Center for Cardiovascular Technology, serial entrepreneur and venture partner of Latterell Ventures; and one of the nation’s most successful biotech investors, Sofinnova Ventures general partner James Healy. Governor Gary Herbert will participate in the luncheon Awards session, highlighted by the presentation of the fourth annual Willem J. Kolff Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Kolff Award recognizes extraordinary creativity, innovation and service to humanity. Past recipients include engineering and robotics legend Stephen Jacobsen, University of Utah Nobel Laureate Mario Capecchi, and late medical informatics pioneer Homer Warner. Other Summit awards will honor public service on behalf of Utah’s life sciences community and outstanding performance from a team member to one’s organization.

On November 7, BioUtah is partnering with BioUtah sponsor MPR, a leading national life science engineering services firm, to present a special bootcamp for current and prospective life science entrepreneurs. The six-hour event will be free for participants of the Utah Life Science Summit.

Pricing and Sponsorship

The cost of the Utah Life Science Summit is $200 for BioUtah members, academics, non-profit and government employees; $275 for non-members; and $100 for students. In addition, the Summit will feature 21 exhibitor booths, showcasing innovative products and services, available for $750 each. Exhibitor booths sold out for the 2012 Summit.

Major sponsors of the 2013 Utah Life Science Summit include Zions Bank, Merit Medical, Nelson Laboratories, Crocker Ventures, the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, Intermountain Healthcare, Biomerics, PathWise and Myriad Genetics. Other significant sponsors include MPR, Brinks Gilson & Lione, Stoel Rives and Workman Nydegger. A small number of additional sponsorship opportunities are still available.

About BioUtah

BioUtah, the state’s exclusive, independent life science association, was created to elevate the stature and influence of Utah’s life science community on the national and global stage. Launched in 2012, the organization serves Utah’s medical device, biotech/pharma, diagnostics and healthcare industries through networking, advocacy and education programs. BioUtah creates value for its members through events, legislative initiatives and communication outreach. We foster collaboration within and between industry, government and education to provide growth opportunities through funding, talent acquisition/development and strategic collaboration.

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