2017 Bio Industry Summit ... Nov. 2 ... Marriott ... Fargo, ND


Join leaders from industry, academia, and government at the 2017 Bio Industry Summit being held at the Delta by Marriott Hotel in Fargo on November 2nd. 

The Summit will focus on technology commercialization in bioproducts, bioenergy, bioproducts, biomaterials, biotechnology, and agriculture with speakers, a research showcase, and networking opportunities.


9:30 to 10 a.m.             Registration/Refreshments

10:00 a.m.                   

10:10 – 10:50 a.m.      Experiences of a Local Life Science Company

Michael Chambers, Founder and CEO, Aldeveron, Fargo, ND

Aldeveron provides high-quality plasmid DNA, proteins, enzymes, antibodies, and other biologicals to help our partners achieve ground-breaking science throughout a variety of life science applications.

10:50 - 11:30 am       BioIndustry Opportunities in the Region

Joni Johnson, Executive Director, South Dakota Biotech

South Dakota Biotech serves a membership which includes business, universities, service providers and state-wide economic development entities to expand the bioscience industry.

11:30 – 11:45 am      Networking Break

11:45 am                    Lunch Served

12:00 - 12:40 pm      Experience in Growing a Snack Food Company & Assistance Available for Businesses from the Commerce Department of North Dakota

Jay Schuler – Director, North Dakota Commerce Department, Giant Snacks 

Giants Snacks focusses on customer-service and “the best of the best quality.” They’re the only US company that contracts directly with hometown farmers.

The mission the Commerce Department of North Dakota is to lead North Dakota's efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. They target five industries to broaden the state's economic base, create new wealth and generate quality jobs for our people.

12:40-1:00 pm          Networking Break

1:00 – 1:40 pm         Experience of Innovation Successes and Disappointments, Wahpeton, ND

Jim Albrecht, President and Business Development Manager, ComDel Innovation, Wahpeton, ND.  ComDel Innovation delivers innovation by providing solutions for customer’s challenges using technology and tenacity.

1:40 - 2:20 pm         BioIndustry in Agriculture – the Indigo Experience, Boston, MA

Kevin Kephardt, Head of Industry Relations, Indigo Ag Inc.

Indigo’s seed treatments are based on the microbes that have evolved in conjunction with plants over millions of years to optimize their health and maximize their productivity.

2:20 – 3:00 pm         Opportunities with Sanford Health

Ben Forred, Translational Research Project Manager, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD

Clinician scientists take information from the basic science laboratory and apply to the care of their patients, in what is known as translational research. This translational research is performed within well controlled, ethical protocols.

3:00 pm                     Conclusion and Networking

The Bio Industry Summit is sponsored by the NDSU Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, the NDSU Bio Energy and Products Innovation Center, the Bioscience Association of North Dakota, and US Bank.  

Full registration is $75; $50 for members of the FMWFD Chamber, ND Bio, NDSU Faculty & Staff, government and higher education, and $25 for students.

For more information, contact David Ripplinger at 701-231-5265 or david.ripplinger@ndsu.edu or Ken Hellevang at 701-231-7243 or kenneth.hellevang@ndsu.edu