April 7 marked the beginning of the Institute of Biological Engineering’s annual meeting, which took place through April 9 at the Marriott in Greenville, South Carolina.
The event saw a large gathering of some of the country’s foremost biological engineering researchers along with instructors, students and experts from the field.
During the meeting, researchers revealed data from studies and attendees — including some fledgling biological engineers, some of which were from the Greenville area — had the opportunity to network.
One of the event’s organizers was Guigen Zhang, associate chair for program development for Clemson University’s bioengineering department.
“This conference is unique,” Zhang said. “We exchange ideas from the research lab, but we go beyond that. We also focus on how academia and local startups can work together. We talk about how industry can tap into local universities. That’s key for economic development. Universities create the talent that helps attract companies, and universities very often are a launching pad for entrepreneurs. That’s certainly been true for Clemson.”
The meeting’s special sessions included “BioBusiness Nexus – Entrepreneurship in Science,” featuring panelists Naren Vyavahare, the Hunter endowed chair at Clemson; Michael Gara, director of health care innovation at the Clemson University Bioengineering Innovation Campus, and Steve Johnson of CreatiVasc Medical Inc. and chief operating officer at Brookhaven Medical.
“This will be an excellent opportunity to showcase Clemson’s translational research, entrepreneurial initiatives and our efforts to create jobs,” Martine LaBerge, chair of the bioengineering department at Clemson, who also gave a keynote address at the meeting, said.