Past Event – Annual Member Meeting

2019 Annual Member Meeting

Event Summary:

2019 was a year of achievement and immense growth for BioForward, our members, and the biohealth industry of Wisconsin. We celebrated this growth by hosting over 250 members at our lakeside, members-only Annual Member Meeting luncheon. There were great opportunities for member-member networking, a review of the past year’s successes & upcoming initiatives, and an exciting keynote & insightful fireside chat from Silicon Valley Bank and WARF. Plus, through registration BioForward was able to donate $2500 on behalf of its members to Morgridge Institute’s Rural Summer Science Camps, an important STEM education program.

Lunch Sponsor

Silver Sponsors


Edgewater Hotel

Madison, WI


April 25th

Keynote Speaker

Joe Hammer, Managing Director, Healthcare Corporate Finance—Silicon Valley Bank

An experienced biohealth executive and previous BioForward board chair, Joe Hammer leads Silicon Vally Bank’s Healthcare Corporate Finance practice throughout the United States and Canada. Based in Boston, he focuses on the development and expansion of relationships with medical device, biopharma, diagnostics, and digital health companies. Joe will discuss emerging industry trends and how our industry fits in the future state of healthcare.

Click here to read SVB’s most recent Trends in Healthcare Investments and Exits, Annual 2019 Report.

Fireside Chat

Michael Partsch, Chief Venture Officer – WARF Ventures

Our keynote presentation starts with Joe Hammer, Managing Director, Healthcare Corporate Finance, Silicon Valley Bank presenting on national life science trends now followed by a fireside chat with WARF Ventures Chief Venture Officer, Michael Partsch. Their conversation will be centered on the global life science trends analysis and opportunities for changing the investment landscape in the Wisconsin and the Midwest.
WARF Ventures works to advance UW-Madison and Morgridge Institute for Research technologies by investing in startup companies within the UW Community. Mike is a veteran venture capitalist and startup CEO with extensive operational experience in early-stage university based startups.


11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Arrive and Networking

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Welcome and Review of Year from BioForward

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Lunch and Networking

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM: Keynote Presentation on Healthcare Investments & Trends

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM: Networking

Supporting STEM Education in Wisconsin: $2500 Donated to Morgridge Institute's Rural Summer Science Camps

BioForward is excited to donate $2500 of all event proceeds to the Morgridge Rural Summer Science Camp Program. We believe all children should have opportunities for science education, and keeping our tradition of supporting STEM education, this year we will be donating to this wonderful initiative. Learn more about the program here!