5 Can’t Miss Q4 Events for Biotech Professionals
in 2021

What’s up, everybody?  My name’s Jake Greenwood and if you’re not aware, I have a weekly segment on LinkedIn called #WannaGoWednesday where I highlight upcoming Life Sciences industry events in the BioHealth Capital Region and beyond.  Very often I’m looking at BioBuzz to see what those upcoming events might be.  Well, the good folks leading the community at BioBuzz have invited me to invade their platform and share the can’t miss events for the remainder of 2021. 

TL;DR version 👇

First up on the list (with no bias whatsoever) is the BioBuzz 2021 Community Celebration.  I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s been over a year since the last BioBuzz Monthly Networking event took place. Well, no more! **Update** On Wednesday, September 29th, you can join the rest of the Maryland life sciences community at Brookeville Beer Farm in Brookeville, MD.  This is a beautiful outdoor venue with incredible gourmet pizzas as if you needed more reasons to come out and have a beer with us, so don’t let this event pass you by.  Finally, a big shout out to CRB, Maryland’s premier Architecture, Engineering, and Construction firm, for sponsoring the triumphant return of BioBuzz networking events!

Some of these events are coming up a bit sooner, like the 7th Annual BioHealth Capital Region Forum.  On Monday, September 13th, and Tuesday, September 14th, you will have the opportunity to hear from some of the biggest names in biotech.  With an astonishing lineup of speakers, this virtual event is not your run-of-the-mill webinar.  I know people are starting to feel zoomed-out, but we are all getting better at deciding which virtual events are worth our time.  If you want a chance to both watch and interact with speakers like Secretary Kelly Schulz, Rich Bendis, Joel Marcus, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, then this event is definitely worth your time.  I hope to see your name on the list.

I know work and education are important, but if you are like me, so is golf!  The local Chesapeake Bay Area Chapter of ISPE is hosting its annual golf tournament on Tuesday, September 21st.  We will be at Whiskey Creek Golf Course in Frederick, MD teeing off at 9 AM.  This is your chance to enjoy an exceptional spread of food for both breakfast and lunch, have drinks at the clubhouse and on the course, win some prizes, and see some truly mediocre golf performances.  There is still time to get signed up for this casual, captain’s choice style tournament.

Moving back to in-person events, Maryland Life Sciences, a division of the Maryland Tech Council, will be welcoming hundreds of local professionals to the 2021 Bio Innovation Conference on October 4th and 5th.  After 18 months of downtime, I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about walking the showroom floor, popping in to hear different speakers, seeing old friends, and making new connections.  I look forward to having you join me at Bethesda Country Club for 2 days of biotech bliss.  Now for those that aren’t quite ready to return in person, this event will be produced virtually as well.  So, no excuses!  Either get out or stay in, but this is your chase to be an active participant in our amazing life sciences community.

And for our last event – [insert drum roll here] –  The Multiplex Immunofluorescence in Immune Oncology Symposium and Workshop, November 6-9, presented by AstraZeneca, Akoya Biosciences, and Bio-Trac. A deep dive educational event and hands-on experience to ensure you start 2022 ahead of the curve! This four-day program is divided into a two-day symposium with lectures presented by world-class scientists in the field of immuno-oncology and with representation by all the main multiplex platforms for IO (Akoya Biosciences Phenoptics, Cell IDx, CODEX, CyTOF, MIBI, Ultivue), and two days of hands-on workshop laboratory performing a real multiplex immunofluorescence staining panel using the Opal™ method, multispectral image acquisition with a Polaris™ scanner, and immunophenotyping analysis using InForm™ and HALO™ software. The event is right in our backyard at Montgomery College’s Bioscience Education Center.

Well, there you have it, ample opportunity to meet new people, learn new things, see new technologies, and lose some golf balls.  Thank you to BioBuzz for allowing me to spread the word about some of the remaining 2021 events I’m most excited about.  I will continue to bring you events both big and small every Wednesday on LinkedIn, and if you ever have an event that you think I should be talking about please do not hesitate to contact me.  Hope to see you soon!

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I've been working in the biotechnology field since 2008. Spending a decade working in the lab as both a technician and a manager prior to my career in business development gives me a diverse understanding of customer needs. Being able to convey project details from both the bench-level and the 30,000-foot view has helped me develop connections with small startups as well as large organizations.

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