2020 SUMMIT PROGRAM

Amazing breakthroughs are happening all around us, from human and animal health to agriculture.
Collaborate with us on how we can continue breaking through the barriers of deploying these new technologies to heal, fuel and feed a growing world.

SOUTH DAKOTA BIOTECH
For over 13 years, this nonprofit organization has dedicated itself to developing biotechnology through expanding research, advocacy, funding, education, infrastructure development and promotion.
 
Headquartered in Sioux Falls, S.D., South Dakota Biotech strives to create an expansive bio-based economy in all areas of the life sciences, including human health, food and agriculture, and renewable energy biotechnology, to drive innovation to heal, fuel and feed a growing world.

SCHEDULE
DAY 1 MONDAY, SEPT 28
11:00-11:05
Welcome from Joni Johnson, SD Biotech Executive Director

11:05-12:00
SBA Keynote
“Growing Opportunities through SBIR/America's Seed Fund”
Brittany Sickler, Senior Innovation Policy Advisor, Office of Innovation and Technology,
Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration

Keynote
“SBIR Grants – A Case Study”
Sue Lancaster, SD Biotech Board President and Vice President of Corporate Development for South Dakota Innovation Partners

12:00-12:15   
Biotransformation Update

12:15-1:15
BIOSCIENCE PANEL
“Bioscience Post COVID-19: Opportunities & Challenges in Feeding, Fueling, and Healing Industry Sectors”
Eddie Sullivan, Ph.D.. SAB Biotherapeutics
Joe Jump. Senior Scientist, Novozymes
Alan Berry, Ph.D., Senior Director of Microbial Development, Novozymes
MODERATOR: Steve Lewis, VP Technology & Innovation, POET

DAY 2 TUESDAY, SEPT 29
11:00-11:05
Welcome from Sue Lancaster, SD Biotech Board President

11:05-12:00
NASA Keynote
“Supplier Fraud and the Loss of Two Taurus XL Rockets. NASA Lessons Learned.”
Wade A. Krieger
– Special Agent, NASA Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

12:00-12:15   
USD Discovery District Update

12:15-1:15  
Meet South Dakota Manufacturers Specializing in the Life Sciences.
MANUFACTURING PANEL
Kyle Bender
, Director of Manufacturing Technology, Falcon Plastics
Gary Larson, President, Electronic Systems Inc. (ESI)
Ryan Carlson, Manager, Quality & Regulatory Affairs, Spartronics
Dani Mason, Marketing and Sales Director, B9Creations
MODERATOR: Mark Brown, Ph.D., President, USD Discovery District

Sue Lancaster

MONDAY KEYNOTE

“SBIR Grants – A Case Study”
Sue Lancaster, SD Biotech Board President and Vice President of Corporate Development for South Dakota Innovation Partners

Brittany Sickler

MONDAY KEYNOTE

“Growing Opportunities through SBIR/America’s Seed Fund”
Senior Innovation Policy Advisor, Office of Innovation and Technology, Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration

Brittany Sickler serves as Senior Innovation Policy Advisor for the SBA’s Office of Investment and Innovation. Her primary duties support the advancement of the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/ STTR) programs, which enable small businesses to explore their technological potential and profit from its commercialization. She oversees initiatives to increase understanding of SBIR/STTR opportunities with SBA offices and partner networks across the country, as well as manages the agency’s Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program. Brittany spent almost four years in SBA’s North Dakota District Office as an Economic Development Specialist, building and strengthening connections throughout the state, particularly with regional startup networks and rural communities. She also served as Special Advisor in SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development, advancing strategic initiatives and coordinating SBA’s first Virtual Conference.

Prior to SBA, Brittany served in Guatemala as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Volunteer Leader in the Sustainable Community Tourism program, a combination of economic development and environmental conservation. She was a Masters International Fellow, completing a Master’s in International Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. She also holds degrees in Business Administration and Spanish from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her career in economic development started in Southern Florida with microlender ACCION USA, providing small business loans to individuals who could not access traditional credit.

Wade A. Krieger

TUESDAY NASA KEYNOTE

Special Agent, NASA Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
“Supplier Fraud and the Loss of Two Taurus XL Rockets. NASA Lessons Learned.”

Special Agent (SA) Krieger is a career criminal investigator with 30 years of experience serving two federal law enforcement agencies. For the past 20 years, SA Krieger has worked for NASA OIG at Kennedy Space Center, FL, and has handled numerous successful white-collar criminal and civil investigations to include product substitution, theft of trade secrets, grant fraud, lease fraud, conflicts of interest, conspiracy, embezzlement, theft and various other procurement-related cases.  He has been a regular guest instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Product Substitution course since 2008 and is a 2019 graduate of the FBI National Academy, Class 276.  

SA Krieger began his law enforcement career as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) in 1989 after graduating from Memphis State University and receiving a US Air Force commission via Air Force ROTC.  While on active duty, SA Krieger served tours in Arkansas, Guam, Panama, and Florida. He commanded the Panama Jack Task Force, a unique tri-service, counter-smuggling unit based in the Republic of Panama from 1993 to 1995 and commanded AFOSI Detachment 419, Tyndall AFB, FL, from 1995 to 1998. While serving the Air Force, SA Krieger conducted and supervised cases involving narcotics distribution, smuggling, illegal weapons, counterfeit currency, counterintelligence matters, rape, aggravated assault, armed robbery, child abduction / abuse and homicide and has coordinated successful prosecutions with state, federal, military and foreign prosecutors in numerous locations. In 1999, SA Krieger transitioned from active duty and became a reserve AFOSI Officer. He is an Air Command and Staff College graduate and retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2010 as a Lieutenant Colonel.  

 

BIO

PRESENTING SPONSOR

BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative health care, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. The  key areas of focus for BIO are: health care, emerging companies, intellectual property, industrial & environmental, food & agriculture, public policy and international policy.

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PhRMA

PRESENTING SPONSOR

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested more than $900 billion in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $79.6 billion in 2018 alone.

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Fisher Scientific

GOLD 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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SAB Biotherapeutics

GOLD

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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SD EPSCoR

GOLD 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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Fredrikson & Byron

SILVER SPONSOR

Fredrikson & Byron was founded in Minneapolis in 1948. Since then, we’ve grown into an international firm of over 280 attorneys in over 35 practice and industry areas, serving clients from seven offices worldwide. We serve a broad variety of publicly and privately held businesses, financial institutions, municipalities, professional corporations, limited liability companies, nonprofits, trade associations, partnerships and individuals. Clients include new ventures, small and medium-sized companies, family businesses, and national and international companies traded on world stock exchanges.

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SD Manufacturering & Technology Solutions

ADDITIONAL SPONSOR

SD MTS is a business transformation services company, offering a host of services designed specifically for South Dakota manufacturers.

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