Upcoming Local Events in Life Sciences

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Frederick's location within one of the nation's leading BIO clusters allows ready access to incredible mind-power on a year round basis. 

This time of year, however, always seem to have a particularly high concentration of local events focused on bringing together these world-leading experts of the life sciences.

Here’s our list of some of the pivotal BIO-focused opportunities we’ll be making sure we RSVP yes to!


BIO International Conference

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June 3 - 6

For over a quarter of a century, the BIO International Convention (BIO) has attracted the world's top biotechnology and pharma leaders to one location for a week of in-person networking and partnering.  Last year, a staggering 17,000+ individuals — from a wide spectrum of life science and application areas, such as drug discover, bio-manufacturing, genomics, biofuels, nanotechnology and cell therapy, were recorded to have attended.

Although Frederick always sends a strong delegation of representatives to the event, this year our City will benefit from the close proximity of the conference — which is to be held in Philadelphia. Learn how to participate in BIO 2019 here.


National Cancer Institute and Frederick National Laboratory’s 2019 Technology Showcase

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June 12

The third annual Technology Showcase will be hosted at NCI and Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR) to encourage startup company formation, technology licensing, and collaborations. The event will bring together hundreds of technology development stakeholders from across the region, and include networking opportunities throughout the afternoon. Learn more here.


Bio Beers: Frederick Meet-Up

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“Where great minds drink alike”

June 12

Bio Beers is a nation-wide MeetUp that provides "a platform where like minded bio-preneurs gather to share ideas, cultivate business relationships and build life-long friendships." Founded in 2010, the FrederickCoBio Chapter currently has over 900 members and regularly hosts casual, industry-specific networking events - rotating through venues such as the NCI, FITCI, and local college campuses. The next event will be held directly following the 2019 Technology Showcase.

Explore the Meet-Up here.


Imaging Science and Cancer Biology Symposium


June 21 - 23, 2019

The Imaging Science and Cancer Biology Symposium--the first in the Frederick National Laboratory-Hood College Life Sciences Symposium Series--will showcase the latest technologies and advances in imaging science across the spectrum from molecules to man. The symposium comes when revolutionary advances in imaging technologies offer new and powerful tools to elucidate cancer biology. These technologies hold promise for unprecedented insights into cancer biology and molecular therapeutics.  Read on here.


Society of Physician Entrepreneurs


June 19th

The Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE) is a global biomedical and healthcare innovation network with membership open to all healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs and industry stakeholders. This June, SoPE will be coming to Frederick. 

Whether you have a medical device, diagnostic, health IT app, or therapeutic, if you have to obtain FDA approval to commercialize your product, you should attend this event! Learn about the obstacles, opportunities, draft guidances and new pathways you must consider when creating a regulatory strategy. In this ever-changing environment, the key to success is both transparency and a keen understanding of the options available for your regulatory pathway. Learn more & register here.



May 2020

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In honor of its 15th anniversary, FITCI held a tech showcase in AOPA’s Community Center on May 15th. The well-attended event showcased the technologies being developed by FITCI clients & graduates, honored critical players in FITCI’s history, and introduced the inductees into FITCI’s “The EDGE” — a newly created accelerator program.

Weren’t able to make it out this year? Fortunately, the event was marketed as the ‘1st annual FITCI Fest’ so keep an eye out for future events!