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Local Biotech Pioneer Dr. Feng Zhang Confirmed to Speak at 'Partnering for Growth' Forum in Des Moines

– January 30th -- Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio) Executive Director Joe Hrdlicka announced Dr. Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the group’s upcoming “Partnering For Growth” forum in March. Zhang, a native of Des Moines, is a pioneer in the development of CRISPR-Cas9, a technology that simplified the process of replacing DNA letters in an organism’s genome. He will join other prominent keynote speakers including Dr. Robert Zolynas, Vice President, Research and Development, Bayer Health Care; Dr. Mike Stern, Chief Operating Officer of Climate Corp. and Dr. Robert Baur, Chief Global Economist of Principal Global Investors.

IowaBio’s Partnering For Growth Forum is the state’s “biotechnology summit” targeted to senior leaders in biotech who have funding, human resources, issues management, business development and research in their areas of responsibility. The event also attracts public leaders who lead programs assisting the biotech sector from a funding, regulatory or economic development perspective. Partnering For Growth features a series of educational presentations, panel discussions and networking activities aimed at sharing best practices and opportunities for collaboration within the industry.

Partnering For Growth also features the Biotech Innovation Showcase component of the event providing a platform for biotech leaders in Iowa and beyond to present their innovations to potential investors from throughout the country.

The event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21st and Wednesday, March 22nd from 7:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the FFA Enrichment Center located at the DMACC campus in Ankeny at 1055 Southwest Prairie Trail. 

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