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About BIOforward

Who is BIOforward?

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 world.

Additionally, BioForward is a state chapter of the national Biotechnology Industry Organization. Our members include bioscience companies, universities, non-profits, service providers, and government agencies.


What does BioForward do?

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.