For Immediate Release
Please contact: Kristin Jones, IHIF
(317) 524-4769 or email@example.com
INDIANAPOLIS (May 6, 2014)– The Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF), the state’s trade association for companies in the health science sector, today celebrated the organization’s 20th anniversary at the group’s Annual Meeting, held in Indianapolis. Formed in 1994, IHIF was among the first organizations dedicated to building the state’s health and life science business community. Membership currently stands at over 118 businesses and organizations, including large companies and entrepreneurs across several sectors including: healthcare, medical device, pharma/biotech, digital health, education, and support services.
Today’s Annual Meeting began with the 2014 business meeting, featuring release of the 2013 Annual Report and recognition of current and past leadership and board members. The organization made several awards and recognitions. IHIF and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) recognized Representative Ed Clere and Senator Brandt Hershman as Legislators of the Year for their work in passing SB 262, a bill allowing for the substitution of biosimilar drugs in this year’s legislative session. IHIF also awarded a $500 prize to the student team winning the first Indiana High School Biotechnology Consortium (IHBC) research contest. IHIF additionally presented a new program, Momentum, designed to better tie industry, our research community, and our entrepreneurs together.
The event program featured several breakout panels on four topic tracks. The keynote luncheon speaker was Steve Ferguson, Chairman of Cook Group and one of the founders of IHIF in 1994. Ferguson shared his memories of Forum milestones including development of the Biotechnology Associates’ Degree Program used by Indiana University and Ivy Tech, creation of the 21st Century Fund which began the State of Indiana’s investment in Indiana’s life science economic development efforts, and highlighted recent projects such as the development and implementation of the Life Science Asset Map and Statewide Strategic Plan for Indiana’s Health Science Sector.
IHIF President, Kristin Jones, remarked, “It is always a special opportunity to celebrate such a milestone and see that the Forum is as relevant and needed now as it was 20 years ago. We are grateful to our members and members of the greater business community who joined us today to mark the occasion and we are looking forward to the next 20 years and beyond with the programs and initiatives announced today”.
Today’s program was sponsored by Cook Medical, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, BioStorage Technologies, Inc., BIO, VWR International, Commissioning Agents, Inc., Cogent Professionals, Infuse, Curvo Labs, Hylant, Iotron Industries USA, and Biologics Modular.
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. IHIF is the Indiana affiliate of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). To learn more, please visit www.ihif.org