BioNorthTX Holds Inaugural Board of Directors Meeting

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BioNorth Texas (BioNorthTX), an independent, non-profit 501(c)(6) trade association serving and representing the life sciences industry in northern region of Texas, held its first Board of Directors meeting at The Foundry in Dallas on April 27, 2015.

Changing Lives Through the Convergence of Science and Industry

BioNorth Texas (BioNorthTX), an independent, non-profit 501(c)(6) trade association serving and representing the life sciences industry in northern region of Texas, held its first Board of Directors meeting at The Foundry in Dallas on April 27, 2015. The inaugural meeting of the organization brought together a broad spectrum of biotech professionals from the North Texas region, and underscored the organization's early successes in partnering with key life sciences organizations both locally and throughout the state.

BioNorthTX is seeking to fill a major gap in the North Texas biotech and life sciences industries by promoting the convergence of life science research and supporting industries. The Board of Directors, in conjunction with the organization's Executive Committee, have worked toward achieving this mission by networking with key partners in North Texas and in other important biotech organizations throughout Texas. These efforts have led to a close partnership with other non-profit biotech commerce organizations throughout the state, such as the Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute (THBI).

The organization is also closely aligning itself with the UT System's FreshAIR initiative to help advance their efforts to foster productive partnerships between researchers and biotech business stakeholders -- a shared goal between FreshAIR and BioNorthTX. Other key partnerships BioNorthTX has established on the state to the regional level include Tech Fort Worth and We Work for Health. These relationships and partnerships are providing valuable reciprocal benefits for biotech entitles in North Texas, such as marketing and advertising opportunities, as well as the ability to bring research and industry together.

In order to put these partnerships into action, BioNorthTX has planned a series of upcoming events and initiatives. The organization's upcoming calendar includes Board of Directors meetings, investment workshops, regulatory events and talent committee meetings as well as support of larger events held by Health Wildcatters, TECH Fort Worth, BioHouston and Texas FreshAIR, and Life Science Nation’s RESI Conference. The next event scheduled is a "BioNorthTX is Open for Business" Industry Update and Networking Event on June 10th. Registration information for the event is available at http://bionorthtx.org/event/bionorthtx-open-for-business/

The first Board of Directors meeting was led by JJ Spegele, President and CEO, BioNorthTX, and included a broad range of biotech and life science professionals representing leading organizations in the North Texas region. Attendees included Chris Comish, President, BioNews Services, Inc. and Kay Kirk Tieman, Vice President, Life Science Practice Leader, Risk Consulting Partners -- both Co-founders of BioNorthTX.

Notable biotech business professionals and board members attending the meeting included Frank Grassler, J.D., VP of Technology Development at UTSW, Vipin Garg, Ph.D., CEO of Neos Therapeutics; Debbie Hutchinson, President of Wound Management Technologies, Inc.; Art Clapp, CEO of BioDeal Ventures/Science Cosmetique, Inc.; Mike Pine, Owner of Williams and Company CPAs, PLLC; Jaime Walkowiak, J.D., VP Research Operations & Business Development at Baylor Research Institute, Paul Herchman, CEO of ThermiHealth and Robin Frink, Ph.D., a Postdoctoral Fellow at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Marketing and Research Associate at BioNorthTX.

Other active Directors include Melissa Krauth, Principal, Life Science Investments, 2M Companies; Jorge Varela, Assistant Director, Tech Fort Worth; David Foster, Ph.D., J.D., Partner, Roberts Foster LLP, Co-founder & CEO, Tuevol Therapeutics, Co-founder and Interim CEO, FPRT Bio, and Co-founder, BioNorthTX.

BioNorth Texas is an independent, non-profit 501(c) 6 trade association serving and representing the life sciences industry in northern region of Texas. Our Mission is to encourage the development of a rich ecosystem that allows for the growth and success of North Texas life science companies, as well as strengthening the economy of our local communities. Our members include organizations and individuals engaged in, or supportive of, research, development and commercialization of life science technologies.

For questions, contact Kay Tieman, Co-founder and Membership/Marketing Board Liaison at kay@bionorthtx.org or visit http://www.bionorthtx.org

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