Small Business Scholarship Program

Thank You to Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's International Division BioForward is able to provide Small Business scholarships to Wisconsin Biohealth companies based on need.

Small Business Scholarship funding is provided through the support of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and is a benefit of BioForward membership. Due to current Covid-19 virus, and conferences moving to a virtual setting, the match requirement has been waived on this scholarship program.

BIO 2020 Applications Open!

This year we are able to support the 2020 BIO International Convention. For 2020, the BIO International Convention will transition to a new, virtual event format, BIO Digital. This virtual gathering of the global biotech industry provides access to key partners via BIO One-on-One Partnering, educational resources to help drive your business, and the insights you need to continue critical research and development.

With support from WEDC, BioForward is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for BIO 2020 Scholarships. These scholarships provide access to partnerships and virtual collaboration with its BIO One-on-One Partnering system allowing attendees to schedule virtual meetings using their preferred method—whether that is a teleconference system, video meeting service, or another medium—to maximize their business development and licensing potential.

The new format will also include expert-level educational content focused on the most pressing industry topics including COVID-19, infectious diseases, vaccine development, digital health, business development, and the latest therapeutic advancements in biotech. Panels will run across four days, mixing live and on-demand sessions.

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Eligibility and Award Requirements

  • Company must have operations in Wisconsin.
  • Application should be submitted by a company executive.
  • Companies are limited to apply for up to 2 scholarships. More scholarships may become available depending on number of applicants.
  • Company must complete registration requirements and participate in One-on-One Partnering
  • This is a pre-purchased Partnering Pass.  Small Business Scholarship funding is provided through the support of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and is a benefit of BioForward membership.  No dollar match is required this year, however you must show proof that your participated in partnering

Key Dates

  • Scholarship Application Deadline: May 1, 2020
  • Scholarship Awards Announced:  May 8, 2020
  • Proof of Registration & Proof of Partnering to BioForward: June 26, 2020

BIO 2019 Support

BioForward was able to support 25 scholarships for Wisconsin companies to attend the conference and we’re thrilled to be able to support them financially to make inroads with international partners at BIO 2019.

Companies Awarded:

Agulos Bio manufactures growth media; SimPL: Simulated Platelet Lysate(porcine); a replacement for FBS

Aldevron serves the biotechnology industry with custom production of nucleic acids, proteins and antibodies.

BrainXell provides iPSC-derived human neurons to the pharmaceutical industry and other research organizations for CNS drug discovery and development.

Co-D Therapeutics, Inc. is a preclinical stage pharmaceutical company developing novel and transforming combination therapies with high safety profiles to treat cancer.

DNASTAR provides useful, affordable, accessible genomics software to a broad a range of life scientists.

FluGen is dedicated to improving public health by developing a vaccine that can prevent disease caused by all forms of the deadly influenza virus

Imbed Biosciences is a developing stage tissue engineering company commercializing patented advanced bioresorbable materials for soft-tissue repair and regeneration.

Intuitive Biosciences provides diagnostic solutions to improve workflow and provide the most accurate results, providing the expertise needed to rapidly convert or build new multiplex immunoassays.

InvivoSciences Inc. is a pioneering developer of functional human tissues and award-winning high-throughput phenotype analyzer for drug & biomarker discovery.

Jace Biomedical, Inc. is a pre-clinical stage pharmaceutical company developing small molecules for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Lytic Solutions, LLC provides high-quality affinity reagents and molecular biology tools to the biological science researcher

NeoClone excels at the discovery and development of single chain and single domain antibodies using phage techniques as well as the ability to molecularly modify antibodies.

Protein Foundry is a biotech company focused on the manufacture and sale of chemokines and other cytokines for use in basic research and preclinical testing.

Regenerative Medical Solutions provides pluripotent stem cell-derived pancreatic beta cells throughout the world for use in drug discovery, toxicity, efficacy testing and as a potential therapeutic platform for diabetes.

RPRD Diagnostics offers innovative pharmacogenomics (PGx) solutions from leading-edge testing to supporting services enabling precision medicine.

Scarab Genomics commercializes bioengineered E. coli to produce DNA and protein.

Varigen Biosciences develops revolutionary natural products by pioneering BIGDNA™ meta/genomic tools to explore the vast microbial biodiversity on our planet

Vivid Microscopy, LLC, based in Hartland, WI, has generated two probes that can image and sort cells based on the levels of oxidative stress.

Awards made with Grant Support from WEDC

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