Unlocking the Power of Wisconsin’s Biohealth Industry

BioForward’s annual Biohealth Summit serves as a platform for Wisconsin’s biohealth community to celebrate our successes and collaborate on what’s next for our booming industry. Last year we had over 400 attendees, kicked off a women’s initiative, hosted a professional development track, and welcomed two keynotes from the technology industry that highlighted the shift in healthcare innovation. We’re in the works of planning another exciting event to connect biohealth companies statewide, highlight our industry’s strengths, and announce several national initiatives BioForward has actively been working on.


  • Full-day event built with our attendees in mind, including dedicated networking time, business development opportunities, industry career fair, and insight into where the biohealth industry is going
  • Two keynote speakers from the health and technology industry speaking on the future of healthcare followed by question and answer sessions
  • Chances to meet and network with industry peers, executives, investors, and researchers from organizations such as GE Healthcare, FUJIFILM, UW-Madison, Illumina, Blood Center of Wisconsin, Covance, Medical College of Wisconsin, Promega, Advocate Aurora Health, Exact Sciences, UW Health and more!
  • Five Panel Sessions covering topics from emerging trends in health technology, Wisconsin success stories, professional development, to biomanufacturing
  • Afternoon Networking Reception with networking, signature cocktails, and hors-d’oeuvres!

Hear from Industry & Research Leaders

Keynote & panel presentations from experts in the biohealth field throughout the day

Dedicated Networking

Connect with summit attendees over dedicated coffee & networking breaks, as well as our exclusive afternoon reception.

Interactive Attendee Experience

Not your average keynote session. Join in for an interactive experiment during our morning keynote!

Afternoon Career Fair

Learn about the career opportunities in Wisconsin’s biohealth industry.

Global Biohealth Trends

Gain insight into where the biohealth industry in going next in the new healthcare revolution.

Connect at Wisconsin's Largest Biohealth Event Exploring the New Healthcare Revolution


10:30-10:45 AM Networking & Coffee Break
10:45-11:45 AM Morning Breakout Sessions

What’s Next? Exploring the Impact of Gene Editing on Medicine, Research, and the Next Generation

10:45-11:45 AM – Capitol Theater

The media and research community has been buzzing with discussions on CRISPR, gene engineering, and what the technology means for the future of medicine and humankind. This session will bring together experts to discuss gene editing, hot topics surrounding the technology, and particularly, what it means for you



Aron Geurts, Associate Professor of Physiology, Medical College of Wisconsin

Jill Wildonger, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dietram Scheufele, John E. Ross Professor in Science Communication and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison and in the Morgridge Institute for Research


Moderated by:

Tom Foti, Vice President & General Manager, Aldevron

Strategies to Pivot Current Products to New Market Success (with a Little Bit of Luck!)

10:45-11:45 AM – Promenade Hall 

Good business necessitates staying nimble, but forays into new markets require extra ingenuity and a disciplined strategy. Hear from three Wisconsin companies who found unique opportunities to market their expertise and products outside of their originally targeted customer base. Learn how systematically exploring unexpected markets allowed these local companies to form new partnerships, build their businesses, and grow Wisconsin’s biohealth ecosystem.



Nicolas Paris, CEO of Gilson

Garrett Peterson, Chief Strategy Officer at Yahara Software

Amanda Baltz, CEO of Spaulding Medical

Navigating the Road to Success: How Diversifying and Empowering Women in Biohealth Builds a Better Leadership Team

10:45-11:45 AM – Wisconsin Hall

Research shows the most effective teams are those that are diverse. Encouraging broad-based team participation of women is often fostered by women in leadership positions. However, in the biohealth industry there continues to be room for improvement when it comes to opportunities for women within executive level leadership. Join panelists for a discussion on how organizations and executives can make an active effort to elevate women to the top and how diversity amongst their leadership team has positively impacted their organization.  Panelists will also share some of their personal experiences on finding a seat at the table, including insight into tough topics, such as advocating for yourself and being assertive.


Tammy Turek-Etienne, Vice President of Operations, Exact Sciences

1:30-2:30 PM Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Examining the Economic Impact of Wisconsin’s Biohealth Industry: What the Numbers Tell Us and What the Future Holds

1:30-2:30 PM – Capitol Theater

The 2018 Wisconsin Biohealth Industry Economic Impact Report will be released at this year’s 2018 Biohealth Summit. Taking a first look at the new numbers, Wisconsin Biohealth leaders that represent our industry’s key sectors will take a deeper dive into the data related to jobs, economic output, wages, expansions, and the interconnectivity of our companies and Wisconsin’s supply chain. Hear from our industry’s leaders on what the future holds discussing topics from talent attraction to public policy that recognizes our industry’s contribution to the state.



Brian Riley, Vice President of Operations, Catalent Pharma Solutions

Michael Tendick, Market Sector Vice President – Healthcare/Life Sciences, Plexus

Additional Panelists TBA


Moderated by:

Matt Williams, Vice President of State Government Affairs, AbbVie

Wisconsin's Biomanufacturing Center of Excellence

1:30-2:30 PM – Promenade Hall

We build things in Wisconsin. We are good at it. Wisconsin has become a Biomanufacturing Center of Excellence that’s dedicated to building biomanufacturing innovation and industry in the state. Hear from the those behind this new charge on what’s next for the Biomanufacturing Center of Excellence and how your company can get involved in this initiative.



Bill Murphy, Director of Forward BIO Institute and Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jessica Eckerly, Co-Founder of Forward BIOLABS

Final Panelist TBA


Moderated by:

Lisa Johnson, CEO of BioForward Wisconsin

2:30-2:45 PM Networking & Coffee Break


2018 VENUE:

201 State Street, Madison, WI 53703
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Exclusive Insights

Hear from industry leaders on what’s next for integrated health solutions throughout our keynote and panel sessions

Dedicated Networking

Connect with summit attendees over dedicated coffee & networking breaks, as well as our exclusive afternoon reception.

Global Biohealth Trends

Gain insight into the big picture of biohealth and what’s next for the industry at a global level.

Speakers from Industry & Research

Connect with and learn from keynote & panel speakers ranging from world-class researchers to biohealth executives.

Interactive Attendee Experience

Not your average keynote session. Join in for an interactive experiment during our morning keynote!

Career Fair

Learn about the career opportunities in Wisconsin’s biohealth industry.



Early Bird Registration Rates Available Now!

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Get your message in front of Wisconsin biohealth leaders! Learn more about the different sponsorship opportunities at this year’s Wisconsin Biohealth Summit.

  • Complimentary & discounted registrations
  • Table and career fair table opportunities
  • Digital and event marketing
  • Logo recognition on all materials
  • And more! Learn more here.

Career Fair Opportunities:

Join us for our first career fair at the Wisconsin Biohealth Summit! Interested in representing your company & connecting with Wisconsin’s talent? Learn more here.

  • A table at afternoon career fair
  • Dedicated time to connect with top talent
  • Enjoy a reduced rate for table attendees
  • Convenient set-up and take-down schedule
  • And more!  Learn more here. 


Questions on the Event, Registration, or Sponsorship? Contact Kate Rodgers at krodgers@bioforward.org!

Questions on the Career Fair or Membership? Contact Brian Moeller at bmoeller@bioforward.org!

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