2015 Summit Sponsors


A founding member of South Dakota Biotech, the Kimball-based business also is a diversified one, with more than 10,000 acres of corn, soybeans and winter wheat along with a large ranching operation with 12 to 18 employees throughout the year. Christiansen Land and Cattle, Ltd. has served the biotech industry by providing livestock management and biosecurity services.


In 1980, the National Science Foundation (NSF) established the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The EPSCoR program is designed to assist states to establish a self-sustaining academic research enterprise with the competitive capability that will contribute to the states’ economic viability and development. SD EPSCoR’s mission is to strengthen research and education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) across South Dakota to increase science literacy and drive science-based economic development. SD EPSCoR helps build South Dakota’s research infrastructure and increases its capacity to successfully compete for federal funding.


The Governor’s Office of Economic Development expands primary job opportunities in South Dakota by retaining existing businesses, fostering new businesses and recruiting out-of-state companies. Efforts are focused on six key industries, including biosciences. We work with local EDCs to expand and diversify the state’s economy, as well as administer a variety of financing programs.


Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ghana, Israel and Mexico. Sanford Health includes 35 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and 1,360 physicians in 81 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 26,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota.


Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith® P.C. in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, provides legal representation for most any business or personal challenge or opportunity. We value our partnerships established with clients, and work hard to provide value in return. The dedicated attorneys of Woods Fuller® provide insight and guidance across the board. We proudly offer businesses and individuals legal services rooted in the integrity and dedication that launched the firm 128 years ago.


South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU offers more than 175 majors, minors and specializations, including 29 master’s degrees, 13 Ph.D. and two professional programs. The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and through Extension and AES sites across the state. 


The region’s largest health care system with more than 13,100 employees and gross revenue of nearly $1.8 billion. Avera’s system strength brings exceptional health care to 238 locations in 85 communities of the five-state region. Avera’s inpatient and clinic visits totaled upwards of 2.1 million in the past fiscal year, a number equal to more than twice the population of the Avera service area.


Founded in 1885 to provide instruction in the region’s primary industry, mining, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is an exceptional science and engineering research university today, offering a wide variety of bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. We prepare graduates who tackle the most difficult challenges of the twenty-first century. We expect hard work and lots of studying so that our students develop their skills and abilities to meet those challenges.


Patterson Thuente IP helps creative and inventive clients worldwide protect, and profit from, their ideas. Practicing in the areas of patents, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, IP litigation, international IP protection, licensing and post-grant proceedings, the firm’s attorneys excel at finding strategic solutions to complex intellectual property matters. Patterson Thuente IP’s client-base represents a range of industries, including agriculture, aviation, biotechnology, chemical, computer/Internet, defense, entertainment, health care, mechanical technologies, medical device, nanotechnology, optics, retail, software and telecommunications.


SAB Biotherapeutics is a biotechnology company located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota that has developed some of the most advanced molecular genetics and antibody science in the world, and now offers a next generation technology platform in genetically designed cattle for the production of fully human antibody therapeutics.


A leading veterinary contract research organization and microbiology laboratory, established in 1994, the company provides quality services and support, with expertise in vaccinology, microbiology, virology, and nutrition. Specializing in biologicals for food animals, RTI’s clients include several Fortune 500 companies, as well as, multi-nationals, mid-size, and start-up biotech firms. With RTI’s diagnostic reagent area, they offer extensive array of monoclonal antibodies for laboratory needs. The company’s research team strives to stay at the forefront of animal heath advances and improvements while demonstrating leadership in the field of veterinary research and biotechnology.


The University of South Dakota, founded in 1862, is the state’s flagship institution, the oldest university and is designated as the only public liberal arts university in South Dakota. The U. has several research and creative clusters, including the Center for Research & Development of Light-activated Materials, Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence in neuroscience and in cardiovascular, the Center for Detecting Rare Physics Processes at Homestake, Missouri River Institute, and more. The U continues to expand its capacity to collaborate with industry. Researchers participate in sponsored R&D, and serve as consultants to manufacturing and business partners. An expanding portfolio of innovative technologies is available to collaborators and the U is pleased to work jointly with industry to bring these technologies to market.


Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $17 billion and 50,000 employees in 50 countries. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Our world-class product portfolio consists of analytical instruments and equipment, reagents, consumables and software, sold under the Thermo Scientific and Life Technologies brands. This is delivered via our renowned customer channel under the Fisher Scientific brand, along with a broad selection of externally sourced products from leading manufacturers, offering unparalleled choice and convenience. These capabilities are all backed and supported by our comprehensive portfolio of enterprise services under the Unity Lab Services brand.


Elanco has helped shape the animal health industry for more than half a century. Since introducing our first antibiotic for veterinary use in 1953, we’ve grown to a comprehensive portfolio of nearly 300 brands encompassing therapeutics, vaccines, parasiticides, antimicrobials, surgical, enzymes, food safety and more.


Brookings Economic Development Corporation is a private nonprofit 501(c)(6) corporation organized in 1995 as the primary engine for promoting economic growth in Brookings, South Dakota and the surrounding area. The BEDC serves as an advocate for the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of the area’s science and technology infrastructure, optimal business environment, University research resources, high-performance workforce and progressive community.