BioForward’s In-Person Annual Wisconsin Biohealth Summit Celebrates Resilience and Creativity of the Wisconsin Biohealth Industry While Stressing COVID-19 Safety

MADISON, Wis– BioForward Wisconsin, the collective voice of Wisconsin’s robust and comprehensive biohealth cluster, representing more than 220 member organizations, is hosting the Wisconsin Biohealth Summit, this year live and in-person on Oct. 7 at the majestic Overture Center for the Arts, celebrating the resilience and creativity of the Wisconsin biohealth industry as it thrived through the challenges of the pandemic.


The annual Wisconsin Biohealth Summit is one of the largest biohealth events in the Midwest. This year’s theme, “Moving Forward Together: How Wisconsin’s Biohealth Industry is Leading, Adapting & Evolving,” will feature sessions including-


Additionally, for the first time, BioForward is inviting local students and postdocs from around Wisconsin to flex their communication muscles in the First Annual Biohealth Communications Competition. BioForward knows that not only is there incredible research going on throughout Wisconsin, but also dynamic and inspiring students ready to discuss their transformational work.


BioForward will also honor the 2021 Wisconsin Biohealth Award winners: Dr. Fred Lee Jr.—Hector F. DeLuca Scientific Achievement Award; Terry Sivesind—Wisconsin Biohealth Business Achievement Award.

“BioForward Wisconsin is excited to return to live events and celebrate the many accomplishments of the Wisconsin biohealth industry,” said Lisa Johnson, CEO of BioForward. “The Wisconsin Biohealth Industry stepped up to every challenge this last year and has done fantastic work to maintain the health and safety of both Wisconsin and the world. BioForward staff and board members look forward to welcoming back the Wisconsin Biohealth Community on Oct. 7!”


BioForward has heard community feedback and knows that the community is ready to get back to networking and in-person meetings as long the event maintains a safe environment.  BioForward, working closely with the staff of the Overture Center for the Arts, has been closing monitoring COVID-19 restrictions in planning the event and will adhere to all CDC recommendations.  In addition to the event venue requiring attendees to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours at event check-in, other safety measures are in place including hand sanitizing stations, contact-less interactions, mask requirements, and reconfigured traffic to allow for social distancing.


The Wisconsin Biohealth Summit sponsors include Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Fisher Scientific, Hausmann-Johnson Insurance, Catalent, Exact Sciences, GE Healthcare, Mallinckrodt, Promega, WARF, Aldevron, Alliant Energy, Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Kraemer Brothers Mirus Bio, Invenra, Strang, Abbvie, Aurora Health Care, Cellular Dynamics, Eurofins, Findorff, Genus, Illumina, Isthmus Project, Kerry, Labcorp, PhRMA, PPD, TeraMedica, University Research Park, Yahara Software, Nexus Pharmaceuticals, University of Wisconsin Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology, Horizon Therapeutics, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison- School of Medicine and Public Health.

To learn more about BioForward’s annual Wisconsin Biohealth Summit, visit the Summit website here.


About BioForward

BioForward Wisconsin is the collective voice of Wisconsin’s robust and comprehensive biohealth cluster, representing more than 220 member organizations across an integrated network of health solution leaders, including research institutions, biotech and biopharma, digital health, medical device and diagnostics and healthcare systems. It is an action-oriented association that focuses on initiatives to strengthen the state’s talent pipeline; collaborations to develop supply chain partnerships; educational and networking events to enhance professional development; and legislative advocacy to highlight the economic and social impact of the biohealth industry on the state, nation, and world. Learn more about BioForward Wisconsin at

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