Why attend the 7th Annual BioSciences Forum

For the 7th year in a row, the NC State Jenkins Graduate School’s BioScience Management Initiative is hosting a bioscience forum at the NC Biotechnology Center. It will be held on Friday, October 28th.  I encourage all that are able to attend, as it is sure to be an informative event full of networking possibilities. As if that is not enough, three compelling reasons you should attend the forum are:

1) To Learn: Four experts in the bioscience industry are scheduled to speak on various topics. Each of their personal experiences and knowledge in the business will bring unique perspectives and insight.  These individuals will be able to answer questions and offer advice. Three invitees have accepted invitations to date:

Harry Reynolds:

Harry Reynolds is currently the director of Health Industry Transformation for IBM Global Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry. Previously, Harry was a vice president and Information Compliance Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Mark Augusti

Mark Augusti is presently the President of Smith and Nephew’s Biologics Division.  Mr. Augusti has also served as vice president at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from 2000 to 2003 and held various positions with GE Medical Systems from 1987 to 2000.

Chris McDonald

Chris McDonald is the site director Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics in Holly Springs NC.  It is the largest vaccine bio-manufacturing plant in the US.  Previously he was global head of Manufacturing Strategy, Novartis Vaccines, and prior to that was senior director of Operations, Sandoz.

2) To connect: Attending the forum will be over two hundred biotech visionaries. This event is an excellent way to network and connect with faculty and students of the BioSciences Management Initiative at the Jenkins School of Management, Poole College of Management, NCSU. These individuals represent professionals with years of experience in bioscience and the future industry leaders. Also attending will be some of the key participants from the Poole College of Management’s executive education center, Business Collaboratories. The partners that make up the Business Collaboratories network bring powerful research, tools, and assessments to the college. Specifically, the Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS) brings useful insight to the application of innovation in professional environments, which is advantageous even in the bioscience industry.

3) To discuss: Big and small companies will be able to share their wants and needs. Whether you are coming from a large corporation or a small company, your concerns and needs will be heard at the forum. Managers of big companies can express their needs and wants to small companies and academia. Similarly, managers of small companies and academic researchers can to explain how their solutions can match the needs and wants of the current industrial climate.

These are only three of many reasons to attend the Bioscience Forum. We hope to see as many of you out there to drive conversation and work towards common goals in our industry.

Learn more about the forum and to register, here!


Richard Kouri, Ph.D.
Executive Director, BioSciences Management Initiative
Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Jenkins Graduate School of Management
Poole College of Management, NC State University


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