2023 South Dakota Biotech Summit & Annual Meeting:

BIOTECH'S NEW TECH FRONTIER

 

October 12, 2023  |  7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. |  Minnehaha Country Club • Sioux Falls, SD

Get inspired and network with national, regional and local thought leaders providing insight and breakthroughs in the biotechnology field.

The biotech industry is rapidly evolving – and South Dakota is positioning itself to meet that future.

Increasingly, that means harnessing data and using it to help advance what is quickly becoming an information-driven industry.

The 2023 South Dakota Biotech Summit & Annual Meeting will equip you and your organization with the knowledge and relationships needed to succeed and partner with this next-generation industry.

Topics covered at the Summit will bring together national, regional and local thought leaders who will provide you with the insight you need in a field that will impact all of our futures.


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Dr. Markus Horn

SANFORD UNDERGROUND RESEARCH FACILITY UPDATE

Research Scientist, Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF)
Dr. Markus Horn has been a research scientist with SURF since 2016. Horn has worked with experiments searching for the Universe’s “missing matter” in underground facilities in France, the United Kingdom, and the United States for more than 15 years. Originally from Germany, his academic career took him to London, Oxford, Yale, and Berkeley, before he came to work at SURF.


 

CONSTANCE WALTER, Communications Director, SURF

SANFORD UNDERGROUND RESEARCH FACILITY UPDATE

Constance Walter is the Director of Communications for the Sanford Underground Research Facility, which hosts world-leading science experiments. She oversees media and community relations, and strategic communications and marketing.
She was a journalist for eight years before moving to public relation in 1999. She has a BA in English and an MS in Organizational Management.
 

José-Marie Griffiths, Ph.D.

2023 FIRESIDE CHAT KEYNOTE

President of Dakota State University, Madison, South Dakota

Dr. José-Marie Griffiths has served as president of Dakota State University since 2015 and has led DSU into transformational growth and advancement including in enrollment, academic programs, philanthropy, facilities, applied research and development and public-private partnerships. She earned her undergraduate degree in physics, her Ph.D. in information science and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in computer science and statistics at University College, London.
 
Griffiths has served in presidential appointments to the National Science Board, the U.S. President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, and the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. She is a member of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and has led projects for over 28 U.S. federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation and NASA, with major corporations such as AT&T Bell Laboratories, IBM and Apple, and has worked with seven major international organizations, including NATO and the United Nations.

Mike Rounds, United States Senator

2023 FIRESIDE CHAT KEYNOTE


On January 6th, 2015, Senator Marion Michael “Mike” Rounds was sworn into the United States Senate.

Senator Rounds serves on five committees: Senate Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs;
Indian Affairs; Veterans’ Affairs; and the Select Committee on Intelligence.
Rounds previously served as the 31st governor of South Dakota from 2003 – 2011, easily winning reelection in 2006. From 1991 to 2000, he was elected five times to the South Dakota State Senate. In 1995, his colleagues selected him to serve as Senate Majority Leader, a position that he held for six years.

During his time in state government, Rounds was committed to growing the economy, keeping taxes low and strengthening South Dakota families.

A lifelong South Dakotan, Senator Rounds was born in Huron, the eldest of 11 children. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from South Dakota State University. In the private sector, Rounds built a successful insurance and real estate business with offices throughout the state. He resides in Fort Pierre and is the proud parent of four grown children and 10 grandchildren.

Jodi Schwan

2023 FIRESIDE CHAT HOST

Owner of SiouxFall.Business and Pigeon 605
Jodi Schwan is the founder of Align Content Studio, which launched in 2017 and provides content marketing strategy, production and distribution for clients in a wide range of industries. She also develops and oversees Align’s original digital media brands, including www.SiouxFalls.business and Pigeon605.com, along with providing business news and analysis to Dakota News Now and KELO-AM. Jodi is a former editor, broadcaster and columnist who also served as chief of staff for the city of Sioux Falls from 2006 until 2010. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and is a native of Cleveland, Ohio.

 

Technology’s Impact in Healthcare

Professional Panel

PANEL
JON OH, Vice President of Data and Analytics, Avera Health
JARED ANTCZAK, Cheif Digital Officer, Sanford

 

Technology’s Impact in Agriculture

Professional Panel

MODERATOR
CHRISTOPH BAUSCH, Ph.D., MBA
EVP & Chief Operating Officer, SAB Biotherapeutics

PANEL
KIT BARRON, Head of Automation & Artificial Intelligence, Farmer’s Business Network, Inc.
ALAN YOUNG, Chief Technology Officer, Medgene Labs LLC
CHAD YAGOW, Project Manager for Technology Alliances at the John Deere Technology Innovation Center 
            

 

Biotech Entrepreneurs: Trials and Tribulation from Seasoned Biotech Professionals

Professional Panel

MODERATOR
MEL USTAD, President South Dakota Biotech

PANEL
EDDIE SULLIVAN, CEO SAb Biotherapeutics
JIM ROBEL, Retired Biotechnology Executive & Professor


 

How are Universities Preparing the Workforce of the Future?

Professional Panel

PANEL
CARRIE OLSON-MANNING, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Augustana University
SCOTT WOOD, Associate Professor of Nanoscience & Biomedical Engineering at South Dakota Mines
ADAM HOPPE, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at South Dakota State University
GREG BERTSCH, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, USD

 

Fisher Scientific

2023 PRESENTING SPONSOR

Fisher Scientific offers customers convenient access to a complete portfolio of laboratory equipment, chemicals, supplies and services used in scientific research, health care, safety and education markets.  A global network of direct sales professionals, industry-specific catalogs, e-commerce capabilities and supply-chain management services enables Fisher Scientific to offer a broad mix of products manufactured by Thermo Fisher Scientific and third parties.

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Ballard Spahr

2023 PLATINUM SPONSOR

Responsiveness counts. That’s what clients tell us, and that’s what we’re known for. It shows in everything we do: devising forward-thinking solutions to get the best results, respecting and meeting clients’ service needs, anticipating the impact of national events and legal developments on clients’ interests, and taking action to keep clients agile and informed. With more than 600 attorneys in 15 offices, we can respond wherever and whenever our clients need us. We provide results-driven counsel and exceptional service in Business and Transactions, Finance, Intellectual Property, Litigation, and Real Estate.

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SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY (SDSU)

2023 PLATINUM SPONSOR

South Dakota State University is the state’s leader in the creation and dissemination of knowledge through research, development and innovation. Whether it’s through in-house R&D or partnerships with industry leaders designed to give students hands-on experience, SDSU ensures graduates will make an immediate impact on the rapidly evolving biotech industry.

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McGough Construction

2023 GOLD SPONSOR

It takes the effort of hundreds and sometimes thousands of people to bring together the vision, expertise and materials to build any structure. McGough is proud of our role in that process – and we’re proud of the results. As a respected general contractor, we bring six generations of experience to prominent, distinctive and complex construction projects. Our people and their expertise in planning, development, construction and facility management power our success.

From new construction to renovation – with world-class architects and trusted subcontractors – McGough has a history of collaboration and partnership that leverages the power of people and the advantage of cross-functional expertise. We have worked in diverse spaces including corporate, industrial, healthcare, institutional, housing, education, worship, performing arts and retail.

Whether your project is large or small, start with confidence from the ground up.

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Dakota BioWorx

2023 GOLD SPONSOR

Dakota BioWorx is a pilot scale-up and bioprocessing hub in Brookings, SD. Dakota BioWorx connects innovators and researchers with fee-to-use access to bioreactors, lab space, downstream processing, and engineering support. We help transform ground-breaking ideas into sustainable, plant-based biotechnology solutions that can change the lives of millions around the world.

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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA (USD)

2023 GOLD SPONSOR

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POET

2023 GOLD SPONSOR

As the world’s largest producer of biofuel and a global leader in sustainable bioproducts, POET creates plant-based alternatives to fossil fuels that unleash the regenerative power of agriculture and cultivate opportunities for America’s farm families. POET is headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and operates 34 bioprocessing facilities across eight states. Today, POET holds more than 80 patents worldwide and continues to break new ground in biotechnology, yielding ever-cleaner and more efficient renewable energy.

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Avera Health

2022 SILVER SPONSOR

No matter where you live across the Upper Midwest, count on Avera Health, an integrated health system based in Sioux Falls, SD, for the same top-quality health services you’d find at major medical centers and regional referral facilities. Avera serves South Dakota and surrounding areas of Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota through six regional centers in Aberdeen, Mitchell, Pierre, Sioux Falls and Yankton, SD, and Marshall, MN. We serve you through 37 hospitals, 215 primary and specialty care clinics, 40 senior living facilities in addition to home care and hospice, sports and wellness facilities, home medical equipment outlets and more. You’ll benefit not only from the highest quality expertise and technology, but also from an emotional and spiritual connection with Avera caregivers.

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First National Bank

2023 SILVER SPONSOR

The First National Bank in Sioux Falls began its long-term commitment to the Sioux Falls area in 1885. The oldest bank founded in Sioux Falls owes its longevity to a combination of service, stability, innovation, and family involvement.
For nearly 140 years, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls has worked diligently to promote the growth and vitality of our city and the surrounding area. The Bank strives to continually be recognized as a community leader by reinvesting financial resources back into the communities it serves and encouraging active employee involvement in community volunteer organizations.

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Sanford Health

2023 SILVER SPONSOR

Sanford Health, the largest rural health system in the United States, is dedicated to transforming the health care experience and providing access to world-class health care in America's heartland. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization serves more than one million patients and 220,000 health plan members across 250,000 square miles. The integrated health system has 47 medical centers, 2,800 Sanford physicians and advanced practice providers, 170 clinical investigators and research scientists, more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations and world clinics in 8 countries around the globe.

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South Dakota Chamber

2023 SILVER SPONSOR

Startup funding is essential to entrepreneurs. Applying to the Giant Vision competition can help get your business off the ground. As a competitive opportunity for South Dakota entrepreneurs to explore their business idea and compete for cash prizes of up to $20,000 in the open competition and up to $5,000 in the student event, Giant Vision applicants also benefit from expert advice.

Details at southdakotagiantvision.com

 

South Dakota EPSCoR

2023 SILVER SPONSOR

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.

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ILS Innovative Laboratory Systems

2023 BRONZE SPONSOR

Established in 1989, Innovative Laboratory Systems, Inc. is a full-service laboratory furniture and equipment company.  ILS provides services ranging from preliminary design, procurement, and installation to ongoing preventative maintenance agreements.  Our team members are here to assist clients build state of the art laboratory facilities and maintain them.

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SAB Biotherapeutics

2023 BRONZE SPONSOR

SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc. (SAB), is a biopharmaceutical company on the leading edge of innovation, developing natural technologies that have the potential to transform the treatment and prevention of diseases from cancer to Ebola, and diabetes to influenza. SAB's first-of-its-kind therapeutic production platform holds the promise of treatment of rare conditions, long-term diseases and global pandemic threats.

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SOUTH DAKOTA MINES

2023 BRONZE SPONSOR

South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. The university fosters a culture of discovery and innovation through research and entrepreneurship, developing solutions to some of society’s greatest challenges. One example in the area of biotechnology is the discovery of corn stalk residue stabilizing next-generation battery chemistry to nearly double the charging capacity of current technology, putting Mines at the forefront of innovation in the green energy space.

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Research Park at SDSU

2023 LUNCHEON SPONSOR

The Research Park strives to establish itself as a physical environment that can deve​lop, attract and retain technology companies that are aligned to the talent and sponsored research conducted at SDSU. ​

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South Dakota First Capital Group LLC

2023 VIP DINNER SPONSOR

South Dakota First Capital Group LLC is focused on driving economic growth in South Dakota through investments in established businesses across a diverse range of industries from technology to manufacturing to national security. We support early-stage South Dakota-based health and wellness, science, finance, technology, and sustainable/ renewable energy companies through investments of time and money to establish and accelerate their businesses. We are proud to be first for South Dakota

Dakota State University (DSU)

2023 NETWORKING BREAK SPONSOR

Dakota State University (DSU) is located in Madison, S.D. Founded in 1881, DSU offers undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs through its colleges of arts and sciences, business and information systems, computer and cyber sciences, and education. DSU has a special focus on the development, application, implications, and impacts of computing, information technologies and cyber security in all areas of human endeavor. DSU has received multiple Center of Academic Excellence designations in education, research and regional resource development from the U.S. National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DSU is home to the Madison Cyber Labs (MadLabs®), a cyber R&D hub with labs and institutes that explore and advance technology application, workforce development, business expansion, economic growth, and policy improvement across multiple disciplines and fields.


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