New summit targets biomedical, biotech and bioscience entreprenuers

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Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 7:07 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Release) - Advance Casper, the Natrona County Economic Development Organization, announced today that they will be hosting the first annual WYO BIO Innovation Summit on August 12 and 13, 2021 at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. The Summit is a joint project between the University of Wyoming, Advance Casper, Impact 307 and Casper College, as well as many other partners throughout Wyoming.

Held over two days, the event includes speeches from Wyoming’s federal delegation and a keynote by Edie Weiner of The Future Hunters, as well as a robust list of guest speakers, such as Carol Stewart of Tech Parks Arizona and Penelope Shihab, Ph.D., founder of SKINUE and MonoJo Biotech.

“It’s hard not to be excited at the lineup for the WYO BIO Summit. Keynote Speaker, Edie Weiner, is a global bestselling author and the President and CEO of The Future Hunters, a consulting firm specializing in future global trends, adapting and welcoming change in a quickly changing world, and how change impacts the economy,” said Justin Farley, President, and CEO of Advance Casper. “I think her presence will be insightful for business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs. You won’t want to miss her.”

The WYO BIO Innovation Summit is designed to provide opportunities to showcase entrepreneurs and introduce them to resources, while also facilitating introductions to investors. In addition, the Summit is aligned with the Wyoming Innovation Network’s (WIN) vision of enabling innovation hubs around the state that support existing and emerging industries.  The Summit will serve as an example of how local economic development leaders can partner with the University of Wyoming and the state’s community colleges to bring industry stakeholders together to advance innovation and entrepreneurial activities that support the state’s economic development agenda.

The speakers will discuss the future of healthcare and BioSciences in Wyoming, including international success stories and exciting resources available to entrepreneurs in the industry. In addition, the Summit will host two expert panels discussing the opportunities and challenges Wyoming entrepreneurs face, their take on the future of BioSciences, and the numerous resources/organizations available to support entrepreneurship across all industries in Wyoming.

The Summit will include a networking event, on Thursday, August 12 from 5:30  - 7:30 p.m. at The Lyric, located in beautiful downtown Casper. The networking event will provide the chance for BioScience and BioMedical entrepreneurs to connect with business leaders and investors, with the potential to collaborate or gain a mentor in the industry. Friday’s session will kick off at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast, followed by additional remarks from outstanding industry leaders.

“Our objective with the Summit is to introduce entrepreneurs to skilled business leaders and surround them with supportive individuals. We expect to show how beneficial the entrepreneurial landscape is in Wyoming and to help diversify our economy toward the BioSciences, BioMedical and tech industries. It’s a large order, but we are supported by phenomenal partners who believe in our mission,” said Stephen Hanlon, Director of University of Wyoming’s Health and Bioscience Innovation Hub.

The WYO BIO Innovation Summit is open to all, with a registration fee of $55. Students will be provided a discounted rate of $25. Rooms are available at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1150 N. Poplar St., and the Hampton Inn, 1100 N. Poplar St. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. To register or see the full schedule of events and speakers, visit

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