This week, Forward Sheridan will host the third annual Wyoming BioTech Conference, two days of discussion regarding biology and genetics, intellectual property and telehealth. Some big hitters in this field from all over the U.S. will be coming here –– representatives from higher education, government and entrepreneurs. Major research universities –– the University of Chicago, Auburn University, Texas A&M University, the University of Kansas, among others –– will be represented.
So why should Sheridan be interested?
There will be discussion on breast cancer genetic research, often heard in the news these days. There will be discussion of genetic treaty issues that directly and indirectly affects the U.S. cattle industry in foreign markets. There will be discussion of genetic modified organisms, which are often found in food products and nutrition. Say, yogurt, for example. This, according to Forward Sheridan’s Jay Stender, whose entrepreneurial skills launched this conference in 2011.
Another reason is economic development. HealthLinkNow decided to choose Sheridan as its Wyoming and Montana headquarters. Bringing these speakers and experts into our city will have a reach into biotech companies throughout the U.S. and Sheridan will have an opportunity to display its considerable values as a center for this industry. More than 60 will attend.
It’ll be at the Edward A. Whitney Academic Center at Sheridan College.
Tickets are $200 per person and includes a keynote dinner, a luncheon, a social and the conference discussions. Space is limited.
Sponsors include: Forward Sheridan, Wyoming Technology Business Center, Ptolemy Data Systems, First Interstate Bank, Lathrop & Gage, LLP, Neltje, Sheridan College, Mila & Jay Stender, Enhanced Capital.
For more information, call Zoila Perry, 673-8004; or, www.wyomingbiotech.com.
One recurring comment, or observation: The Edward A. Whitney Center is a fitting welcome to the visitors who come to Sheridan as part of a convention or conference. The Whitney Center’s atrium is a stunner and provides a valuable venue illustrating Sheridan’s potential. Already the Sheridan County Republican Party has hosted a big event therein; this week, it’s the third annual Wyoming BioTech Conference. Next month, the FAB Women’s Conference, featuring speakers from New York, Montana, Cheyenne. The Whitney Academic Center opened in August. It was built with private and state funds and is mostly classrooms. (Bookstore, reception/info, good coffee, too.)
This week, Neltje is doing a mural –– live –– inside the Whitney Center, adding to its unique appeal.
Week Two of the Sheridan Film Festival features “Unfinished Song,” a story of a grumpy old man, content with his routine and familiar gripes, who is introduced to a local seniors singing group by his wife. New friendships are developed and the film illustrates how life can be celebrated at any age. It’s sentimental for sure, yet features a veteran cast (Vanessa Regrave, Terence Stamp) and a good story.
It’s showing in the comfy confines of the Centennial Theatre, Wednesday, with showtimes at 4:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.