Annual Member Meeting

BioForward’s largest member-only celebration


Join BioForward on April 27th for a lunchtime event of networking, and celebration at our largest member-only event!

This is a BioForward Members Only Event. Please verify your company is listed in the BioForward Membership Directory if you are unsure.

It has been a defining year of growth, achievement, and exciting product and collaborations development for BioForward and our members!

Now it is time to reflect AND CELEBRATE. This is a great chance to network with other members. Enjoy lunch, an update from BioForward, and our featured Keynote Speaker, Amy Kind, from the Center for Health Disparities Research. You won’t want to miss it.








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Sold out!  Please contact Rissa Guffey at [email protected] if you have already made arrangements to attend but have not officially registered yet.


  • Check-in starts at 11:15 a.m.!
  • Networking either inside the ballroom, in the lobby, or on the beautiful veranda overlooking the lake- see colleagues and peers from BioForward member companies, plan collaborations, or have a little fun at one of our selfie-stations
  • BioForward Year-End Review– an update on the state of BioForward, the successes of our members, and about what is coming up next
  • Keynote Presentation- Dr. Amy Kind, Founding Director for the UW Madison Center for Health Disparities Research, will be introducing members to the UW Center from Health Disparities Research, a unique research effort examining how an individual’s environment and social circumstances affect their health in order to identify new therapies and interventions to eliminate health disparities. Find out how your company can benefit and how to get involved!

The cost is $80 per ticket and includes a gourmet meal from the kitchen of the Edgewater hotel. Buy a table of 10 for $675 (a 15% per ticket savings) and use the seats to reward staff and customers.

Menu options:

  • Sliced sirloin of beef, potato puree, fennel pollen roasted carrots
  • Miso marinated salmon, ginger-scented bock choy, and forbidden black fried rice
  • Seasonable vegetable cavatappi with marinara and grated pecorino

Annual Member Meeting 2022 at the Edgewater Hotel

The Edgewater Hotel

About the Speaker

Dr. Amy J.H. Kind, MD, Ph.D. is the inaugural Associate Dean for Social Health Sciences and Programs at the University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Medicine and Public Health.  In this role, she oversees, creates synergies, and guides the growth of the school’s current and future initiatives, policies, and programs that are designed to study and eliminate health disparities. She works closely with leaders in research, education, clinical, and public health realms to build capacity and ensure the advancement of health equity research.  Dr. Kind also serves as a resource for connecting basic and clinical scientists with social scientists to facilitate discoveries in social exposome research, a key area in mechanistic health disparities inquiry.  As Associate Dean, Dr. Kind serves as Executive Director of the $480 million Wisconsin Partnership Program philanthropic endowment, Director of the UW Center for Health Disparities Research, and provides oversight to the Milwaukee-based Center for Community Engagement and Health Partnerships.  In addition, Dr. Kind is a Professor of Medicine and serves as Leader of the Care Research Core of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

Dr. Kind is an international leader in the fields of social determinants of health and mechanistic health disparities research, leading the team that developed the Neighborhood Atlas, a free first-of-its-kind data democratization tool that quantifies socioeconomic disadvantage for every neighborhood in the US including Puerto Rico. The Atlas has been accessed nearly one-half million times since its public launch and has found widespread application including in the US Congress, state policy, NIH, CDC, health systems, and industry.  Most recently the Neighborhood Atlas has been used to inform COVID resource allocation across a number of US States as a direct means toward mitigation of health disparities.  Dr. Kind’s work has had a far-reaching policy impact, has been actively promoted by the NIH, and published in top journals including The New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Dr. Kind has earned multiple honors including the NIH/NIA Beeson Award, the American Geriatrics Society Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation, election as a Member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), and membership on a White House Task Force on Aging and Technology. Dr. Kind currently leads an NIH research funding portfolio of over $40 million in active grants and is routinely asked to advise state, federal and international entities. Her most recent NIH grant is a 22-site national consortium (“The Neighborhoods Study”) which will provide a novel window into the mechanisms underlying social exposome exposure and Alzheimer’s Disease neurobiology.

About the UW Center for Health Disparities Research

Launched in April 2021, the center investigators will focus on how physical environment and social conditions intersect to influence an individual’s health. Researchers will aim to identify new therapies, precision medicine approaches, and other interventions. Learn more.

2022 Annual Member Meeting
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