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BioKansas Announces New BIO Partnership

Tuesday, May 12, 2020


BioKansas Partners with National Industry Trade Organization BIO to Promote Student Engagement Through Specialized Professional Development Programming 

BioKansas partners with BIO to provide specialized professional development programming for bioscience students and trainees. The new partnership will broaden understanding of bioscience careers by expanding accessibility of resources and industry visibility. 


BioKansas, a life science nonprofit committed to preparing students for careers in the biosciences, is pleased to announce their partnership with the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). Through this partnership, BioKansas will be hosting professional development sessions for students and trainees during BIO Digital, June 8 - 12. This virtual gathering of the global biotech industry provides access to key partners via BIO One-on-One Partnering, critical education ranging from policy to industry trends, breakthrough therapies, and patient access.

While traditionally focused on professionals, BIO aims to extend valuable industry specific educational and networking opportunities to students interested in connecting with and learning more about the bioscience industry. This year’s virtual platform provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral trainees from around the world to gain exposure to thousands of companies that span the biotechnology landscape. Many of these companies are leading the development of breakthrough treatments and cures or providing critical technology and services to support research and innovation.

“Early career scientists report substantial barriers in knowing how to transition into industry careers after their training. The opportunity for students interested in industry careers to engage with BIO’s international member companies is unmatched by traditional conferences. Combining BIO’s level of access with BioKansas’ expertise in career and professional development training will greatly enrich the student experience while also integrating them into the BIO community earlier in their careers,” said Sonia M. Hall, PhD; President & CEO of BioKansas. 

The student focused programming includes a pre-conference webinar where attendees will learn from BioKansas member companies how discoveries move into the commercial marketplace as well as how companies interface with the biotechnology landscape. During BIO Digital, students will gain industry insights, networking tips, and professional development skills with a specialized focus on steps to transition into industry careers. Embedding this learning opportunity within the virtual conference will allow attendees to immediately leverage resources within the BIO community to build professional networks and strengthen their career preparedness.  

Undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs from scientific and business disciplines are encouraged to apply here by June 4. Please visit Digital BIO to learn more.  


About BioKansas: BioKansas is a non-profit life science organization and voice of the bioscience community in Kansas and the surrounding region. BioKansas’ members span the private, academic, government, and non-profit sectors. Their unique programs and events are designed to strengthen connections between private, academic, government, and non-profit organizations to support the success, growth, and visibility of the bioscience industry in the heartland of the United States. Learn more at www.biokansas.org


About BIO: BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world.



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