INDIANA HEALTH INDUSTRY FORUM LEADS EFFORT TO BRING LIFE SCIENCE EDUCATION, WORKFORCE TRAINING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP TO THE NATIONAL STAGE

[Boston, MA, June 20, 2012] – The Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) has joined state bioscience organizations in a nationally coordinated effort to ensure America’s leadership in bioscience innovation by delivering industry-led life science education, workforce development and entrepreneurship programs across the county.  IHIF is a member of this newly established group – the Coalition of Bioscience Institutes (CSBI).  The formation of CSBI was announced at the 2012 BIO International Convention, the industry’s global event for biotechnology that is hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization(BIO).“CSBI is leveraging resources across the U.S, including the Indiana Health Industry Forum’s current programs, to speak with a united voice for the biotech industry on life science education, workforce development and entrepreneurship,” said CSBI acting co-chair, Lance Hartford, Executive Director MassBioEd. “We focus on programs that life science industry is uniquely positioned to deliver and can be replicated across many states and scaled-up nationally.”Currently, CSBI is identifying leading state programs for national consideration.  These programs include teacher-training initiatives such as iBIO Institute’s TalentSparks; workforce competitiveness programs including Oregon Bioscience Association’s BioPro and BIOCOM Institute’s BioCollaborative; and BayBio Institute’s Expert Networkstartup resource for entrepreneurs.  CSBI is also designing a web-based clearinghouse of all current state-level programs focused on life science education, workforce training and entrepreneurship.Working together since December 2011, CSBI serves as an umbrella for standard practice sharing, joint fundraising and national initiatives for life science (STEM) education (student education, career exploration and teacher professional development); workforce development (workforce training, incumbent worker professional development, dislocated worker training); and entrepreneurship. CSBI provides the opportunity for state bioscience organizations to share knowledge with the goal of improving bioscience education and innovation, while maximizing industry support. With its focus in these areas, the CSBI complements the life science policy work of the Council of State Bioscience Associations, formed by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in 2002.

CSBI founding  organizations include  BayBio Institute, BIOCOM Institute, the Biotechnology Institute, iBIO Institute, KansasBio, MassBioEd, MdBio Foundation and the Oregon Bioscience Association.   Including the Indiana Health Industry Forum, 41 state bioscience organizations are CSBI members with nine (9) additional groups expected to join.  The Coalition is co-chaired by BayBio Institute Executive Director Lori Lindburg and MassBioEd Executive Director Lance Hartford.  The Biotechnology Institute serves as CSBI’s administrative organization. By partnering, CSBI members bring unprecedented access to programs, facilitate national communication, and connect an extensive network of industry professionals.

ABOUT IHIF

The diverse members of the Indiana Health Industry Forum generate the collective voice of the state’s health and life science industry.  The Forum connects key stakeholders to: enhance business networks, advocate for member interests, develop workforce skills, and provide strategic vision in the interest of growing the state’s health industry economy and reputation.  Our mission is to make Indiana the premier location to start and grow a health science business. IHIF is the Indiana affiliate organization for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

ABOUT THE BIO INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

The BIO International Convention will highlight the latest trends and the newest opportunities for executives, investors, scientists, policy leaders, and media from around the world. Speakers at the sessions will share breakthroughs in medicine, diagnostics, the environment, energy production, business operations, financing, partnerships, policy issues and food and agriculture. The Convention also features the BIO Business Forum, a unique platform for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, academic research institutions, and investors from around the world to gather and discuss strategic opportunities. For registration, conference agenda and exhibitor information, visit 2012 BIO International Convention.

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Members of the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI)

Arizona BioIndustry Association

BayBio Institute

Bio Nebraska Life Sciences Association

Bio New Jersey

Bio Ohio, Edison Biotechnology Center

BIOCOM Institute

BioFlorida Institute

BioForward

Bioscience Association of Maine

Bioscience Association of West Virginia

Biotechnology Institute

Colorado Bioscience Association

Delaware BioScience Association

Georgia Bio

iBIO Institute

Idaho Technology Council

Indiana Health Industry Forum

INDUNIV Research Consortium

Iowa Biotechnology Association

Kansas Bioscience Organization

LifeScience Alley

Life Science Tennessee

Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation

MdBio Foundation, Inc.

MichBio Institute

Mississippi Biotechnology Association

Missouri Institute for Biotechnology and Innovation

Montana Bioscience Alliance

Nevada Biotechnology & Science Consortium

New Mexico Biotechnology & Biomedical Association

New York Biotechnology Association

Oklahoma Bioscience Institute

Oregon Bioscience Association

Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association

Rhode Island BioGroup – Tech Collective

SoCalBio

South Dakota Biotech Association

Texas Healtcare & Bioscience Institute

Utah TECH Workforce Foundation

Virginia Bio

Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association

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