BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA (November 13, 2012) – The Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership (BLSP), an initiative focused on life sciences business growth in the greater Bloomington area, will bring business and academic leaders together today as they host David Johnson, President of BioCrossroads, at the second  “B-town BioLunch” in Bloomington.

The event, co-sponsored by Indiana University and Cook Medical, will feature a discussion on the impact of the life sciences across the state and in the Bloomington metropolitan area. In addition, Johnson will discuss Indiana’s core competencies and future areas of opportunity for business and academic leaders. 

“Indiana’s life sciences industry is both diverse and deep – across the state and in the Bloomington region, and we’re now positioned to do even more,” stated David Johnson. “It is critical that we continue to build from that strength and pursue opportunities to encourage growth, innovation, and support.”

David Johnson was one of the original organizers of BioCrossroads and serves today as President. Through his work at BioCrossroads, Johnson has been responsible for raising over a quarter-billion dollars in philanthropic and venture capital funding for efforts and investments to advance new companies and for promoting innovative research. A longtime business leader and lawyer, Johnson is an honors graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

The BLSP began promoting Bloomington’s life sciences economy in 2004 following a cluster analysis that identified the area’s strengths in medical device manufacturing and pharmaceutical development.  Since that time, the Bloomington MSA has been identified as the top ranking small metro in the U.S. for medical devices and equipment. Earlier this year, the BLSP began a new networking and development series, the B-town BioLunch, as a way to bring area professionals together to discuss current issues and increase networking opportunities between business leaders and those working in academic environments.

“We’re very happy to have David Johnson in Bloomington for the day and to learn more about future opportunities for life sciences growth in the region, as well as what challenges we should be preparing for to ensure the success of our life sciences employers,” stated Ron Walker, President of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, which manages the BLSP.

Also providing comments at the B-town BioLunch will be Bill Stephan, Vice President for Engagement, Indiana University and Dan Peterson, Vice President, Industry & Government Affairs, Cook Medical, Inc.

About BioCrossroads 

BioCrossroads (www.biocrossroads.com) is Indiana’s initiative to grow, advance and invest in the life sciences, a public-private collaboration that supports the region’s existing research and corporate strengths while encouraging new business development. BioCrossroads provides money and support to life sciences businesses, launches new life sciences enterprises (Indiana Health Information Exchange, Fairbanks Institute for Healthy Communities, BioCrossroadsLINX, OrthoWorx and Datalys Center), expands collaboration and partnerships among Indiana’s life science institutions, promotes science education and markets Indiana’s life sciences industry.

About Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership

The Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership (http://bloomingtonlifesciences.com), a program of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), serves as the catalyst for life sciences business growth in the greater Bloomington area and is governed by an advisory council comprised of representatives from private industry, higher education and local government.  The BEDC is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to quality job growth and is funded through memberships and grants from private industry, the City of Bloomington, Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington.

Contact:

Ron Walker

Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership

Office: (812)-335-7346 Cell: (812) 340-3829

rwalker@bloomingtonlifesciences.com

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