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About BIOforward

Who is BIOforward?

BIOforward, a member-driven state association, is the voice of Wisconsin’s bioscience industry, a state chapter of the national Biotechnology Industry Organization, and with affiliations to PhRMA, MDMA, MITA, and AdvaMed.

Founded in 1987, we advocate actively on our members’ behalf for public policy that supports the industry, save our members money through our Select Savings group purchasing program, and provide a variety of opportunities for connections to funding, partners, customers, and employers and employees through our events and online resources.


What does BIOforward do?

BIOforward brings together the collective strength and experience of Wisconsin’s
Life Science Innovators, providing them with the resources to create,
develop, and deliver products to improve the lives of people around the

Advancing Wisconsin’s position as a leading Life Science community, BIOforward:

  • Advocates for members, both locally and nationally,
  • Delivers access to capital and resources for growth,
  • Attracts, develops, and retains a talented workforce,
  • Facilitates effective education, collaboration and networking.


BIOforward was founded in 1987, as the Wisconsin Biotechnology Association, a partnership among leaders in Wisconsin’s emerging biotechnology industry. The association joined forces in 2002 with the medical device manufacturers, and became the Wisconsin Biotechnology and Medical Device Association. The organization was rebranded in 2009 as BIOforward. Over the past decade our membership has grown to include key players across a broad cross-section of bioscience specialties including drug development, medical devices, research tools, biofuels, food and agriculture.