Cultivation Corridor, IowaBio to announce Biotech Leadership Award, honor Ted Crosbie

Corridor and Iowa Bio

The following press release was distributed on January 23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joe Hrdlicka (515) 327-9156-office (515) 250-9798-mobile joe@iowabio.org

DES MOINES — Jan. 23rd, 2017 – Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio) Executive Director Joe Hrdlicka and Cultivation Corridor Executive Director Brent Willett announced they are collaborating to name a Cultivation Corridor Iowa Biotech Leadership Award recipient at this year’s Partnering For Growth forum. Additionally, special recognition will be awarded posthumously to former Monsanto executive and industry leader Ted Crosbie who passed away suddenly this past summer.

The award will be presented to an individual who in the past year has demonstrated the following traits and commitment to advancing Iowa’s biotech industry:

Leadership – The individual has a leading role in their organization and within the industry.
Innovation – The individual has consistently demonstrated an ability to bring innovative biotechnology products and/or services to the marketplace.
Advocacy – The individual works effectively with other business and public policy leaders to promote and advance the biotech industry in Iowa.

The recipient is determined by a committee of individuals with roles in Iowa’s biotechnology industry. Dr. Chris Nelson of Kemin Industries was last year’s honoree. The recipient will be named at a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. to close out IowaBio’s Partnering For Growth event to be held Tuesday, March 21st. NOMINATIONS FOR THE AWARD WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS LINKhttp://www.cultivationcorridor.org/leadership-award/ THROUGH FRIDAY, FEB. 17th.

The selection committee unanimously agreed to recognize Crosbie in addition to this year’s award designee based on his contributions to the industry over a career that featured work at ICI Seeds USA and Garst Seeds in addition to his work at Monsanto. Crosbie’s wife, Rowena, will accept the award on his behalf.

IowaBio’s Partnering For Growth forum is the state’s “biotechnology summit” targeted to senior leaders in biotech who have funding, human resources, issues management, business development and research in their areas of responsibility. The event also attracts public leaders who lead programs assisting the biotech sector from a funding, regulatory or economic development perspective. Partnering For Growth features a series of educational presentations, track sessions and networking activities aimed at sharing best practices and opportunities for collaboration within the industry.

The event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21st and 7:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22nd at the FFA Enrichment Center located at the DMACC campus in Ankeny at 1055 Southwest Prairie Trail Parkway. Interested participants may register www.iowabio.org/pfgregister.

About IowaBio
Since 1994, the Iowa Biotechnology Association has provided benefits and services to promote the interests and growth of the life sciences industries in Iowa. We are a non-profit, membership-based organization with a diversified membership including industry companies from all segments of biotechnology, universities & colleges, state & federal associations, as well as numerous service & support companies. Our Association seeks to promote the success and growth of biotech-based business in Iowa, ultimately securing our strong biotech economy while growing our business & increasing our influence nationally and around the globe. For more information, visit IowaBio.org.

About Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor
Focused on further developing and marketing the world-renowned bioeconomy in Central Iowa, Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor is building on a rich history of innovation to accelerate value-added agriculture business development by attracting companies, talent and capital from across the globe to the state. Representing a diverse public-private coalition of stakeholders including the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Ames Chamber of Commerce, Iowa State University, non-profits and private sector companies from across the region and state, the Cultivation Corridor is one of the nation’s foremost cluster-based economic development organizations. For more information, visit CultivationCorridor.org.

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