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Bioscience conference scheduled for April 2-3

WORTHINGTON — Worthington’s 10th annual Regional Bioscience Conference has been scheduled for April 2-3, 2014. The conference theme will be “Bio-Business Ecosystems — Building Regional Business Support Structure.”

The event is intended to highlight existing core regional competencies and help address gaps in the industry ecosystem. The Regional Bioscience Conference is an annual gathering of industry professionals, research scientists and business leaders.

“This conference is a great opportunity to showcase the region’s health and bio-businesses sectors and provide networking opportunities,” said Jason Turner, chairman of the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp., which coordinates the annual conference, in a press release.

Throughout its short history, the conference has featured international industry leaders such as G. Steven Burrill, Dale Wahlstrom and others. From the start, the conference has been designed to be a meeting place where the scientific, business and entrepreneurial communities can come together for few days, talk shop, plant seeds and build enduring relationships.

“Our work here complements other regions’ research and development,” said Todd Leonard, executive vice president of the Innovation Engine, a St. Louis Park-based organization promoting knowledge-based business growth in the region. “It also enhances the state’s national and international presence in the field.”

The 2014 conference will be at Worthington’s new Event Center, which features state-of-the-art audio video and meeting facilities. The event center is part of the newly opened Comfort Suites Hotel.

In addition to traditional conference offerings, the two-day program will be designed to include activities that engage students and attendees’ families by providing entertainment opportunities and ways to explore Worthington and the region.

A robust Regional Bioscience Conference presence on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter is designed to reach a sizeable audience and keep all informed as conference program takes shape. 2 Smart Women, a social media and strategic marketing firm based in Lakefield, is in charge of marketing.

The conference is also reaching out to educational institutions and research partners in the field to help showcase their work. The exhibit hall will be bustling with vendors, sponsors and conference attendees alike.