bionorthTX 2nd Annual Life Sciences Summit Highlights Regional Innovation and Economic Growth

Life-sciences expansion means more local high-paying jobs for area

DALLAS & FORT WORTH, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The 2nd Annual iC3 Life Sciences Summit, hosted by bionorthTX, attracted 400 business, academic and government leaders who emphasized the significance of life sciences economic development for the region and highlighted its leadership in health care innovation.

bionorthTX iC3 Summit Draws 400 at UTA

“The success of this Summit reflects the tremendous progress being made by our companies and universities, with support from community leaders, in improving people’s health and well-being here and across the globe,” said new bionorthTX President and CEO Harold Strong. “Summit attendance was up 50% from our first year, demonstrating a strong local commitment from these professionals to work together in promoting the growth of our region’s life sciences ecosystem. I want to thank all of our speakers, attendees, sponsors and volunteers for making the Summit a huge success.”

The 2016 iC3 Life Sciences Summit featured 32 expert speakers commenting on the themes of Innovation, Collaboration, Capital Formation and Commercialization. The day-long event also included an exhibit hall with 25 companies and industry supporters and poster presentations from academic researchers promoting their science and start-up companies seeking funding.

Among the highlights was a panel discussion with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams discussing the positive impact of the life sciences industry not only in creating high wage jobs, but in fostering improvements in secondary education to ensure the region’s students can compete for these high-tech positions.

The Summit, held Oct. 26 at the University of Texas Arlington College Park Center, also included panel discussions on scientific progress in cancer research, advances in delivery of health care to patients, and state legislative efforts to support life sciences innovation. Click here for details on the Summit agenda and full line-up of speakers.

This year’s Helix Award, which recognizes contributions to the growth of the region’s life sciences industry, went to Dr. Dennis Stone, Chief Scientific Officer of Remeditex and longtime promoter of life sciences in the North Texas region. The award was presented to Dr. Stone’s family members including Dr. Helen Hobbs and their son Dr. Lang Stone. The presentation of the award was made by Dr. Kern Wildenthal, president emeritus of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and president of the Children’s Medical Center Foundation in Dallas.

“This award could not have been given to a more appropriate person. Dennis’ contributions to medicine, science and the community will result in a legacy his family can be very proud of,” said Dr. Wildenthal.

“The Summit is the one place each year our industry, academic and government professionals can come together to network and discuss issues directly related to the success of their endeavors and economic health of our region,” said Strong. “We look forward to building on the momentum of this year’s conference, and a full calendar of more targeted events, to make next year’s Summit an even bigger success.”

North Texas is home to 1,000 life science and medical technology related companies, six major universities and more than 26,000 industry professionals. For information on membership in bionorthTX and upcoming events visit www.bionorthtx.org.

About bionorthTX

bionorthTX is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(6), member-driven trade association serving and representing the life science industry in North Texas. Member companies range from North Texas’ largest employers to emerging start-ups, universities, research institutions, hospitals, investors, students, individuals and vendors who provide products and services to the life science industry.

bionorthTX was created to accelerate the growth of the diverse and balanced life science ecosystem in North Texas, which spans the value chain of healthcare, life sciences, research, the vendor community, and talent and capital resources. bionorthTX bridges these stakeholder relationships to catalyze partnering and propel commercialization forward at a faster rate than what these entities could do on their own in such a large region.