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Coming from one of the leading business schools in the nation, CBLS has established a vehicle for you to learn from and interact with life sciences industry experts. The proof? Twenty-four conferences organized since 2006.

Life Sciences Human Capital

November 19, 2010
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Cook Medical World Headquarters
750 Daniels Way, Bloomington, IN

Parking available at BioConvergence next to Cook with shuttle service, please park on EAST side of BioConvergence parking lot.

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According to the new Battelle/ BIO Report “State BioScience Initiatives 2010,” Indiana is one of only five states with specialized bioscience employment in three of the four subsectors – Agricultural Feedstock & Chemicals, Drugs & Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices & Equipment, and Research, Testing & Medical Laboratories.  This conference will explore how Indiana can continue to respond and adapt to the growing and changing human capital needs of the life sciences industry.  Industry representatives will discuss the types of employees they currently seek and expect to be seeking in the future.  Educators and representatives from state government will then discuss how their institutions intend to help meet those needs.  Participants will leave with a better understanding of the importance of human capital to the growth of the industry in Indiana and with concrete ideas for strengthening the state’s life sciences human capital base.

*K-12 educators are eligible to receive Professional Growth Points from the State of Indiana by attending this conference.  Certificates will be mailed after the conference. 

8:00am-9:00amRegistration and Breakfast
9:00am-9:15amWelcome and Overview of the Day
 Kem Hawkins, President, Cook Group, Inc.
9:15am-10:15amKeynote Speaker

Introduction- Ron Thieme, PhD, Chief Information Officer, AIT Laboratories 

Opening Keynote - Assessing Indiana's Position in the Biosciences: 2010

Walter H. Plosila, PhD, Senior Advisor, Battelle Technology Partnership Practice

10:30am-12:00pmDemand Panel

E. Mitchell Roob, Secretary of Commerce, State of Indiana & Chief Executive Officer, Indiana Economic Development Corporation 


Larry Gigerich, Managing Director, Ginovus, LLC

Kay Kuenker, Vice President for New Business Platforms, Dow AgroSciences LLC

Vicki Neddenriep, Vice President, Human Resources, Covance Central Laboratory Services, Inc. 

Brad Bishop, Executive Director, OrthoWorx


Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Neal R. Roach, Partner, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP

Keynote – Preparing Indiana’s Next Generation Workforce

Scott Jenkins, Education Policy Director, Office of Governor Mitch Daniels 


1:30pm-3:00pmSupply Panel


Steven E. Bryant, Executive Director, Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington


John R. Whikehart, PhD, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington

Andrew O. Brightman, PhD, Assistant Head, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University

Karen Hanson, Executive VP and Provost, Indiana University

William A. Kline, PhD, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 

William A. Kline, PhD, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 

3:00pm-3:15pmClosing Remarks
 George M. Telthorst, Director, IU Kelley, Center for the Business of Life Sciences