BionorthTX Welcomes New President, Board Members

The life science industry association has more than 70 North Texas companies and 20 individuals or job seekers within its membership.

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BionorthTX recently announced that Harold Strong will be its new president and CEO.

Strong will help further develop the burgeoning life science trade association, which currently has more than 70 North Texas companies and 20 individuals or job seekers within its membership.

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Harold Strong

The organization has also added new members to its board of directors including François Fournier, president of North America Advanced Wound Care at Smith & Nephew; Duane Dimos, vice president for research at The University of Texas at Arlington; and Maxwell Lea, vice president of corporate development and corporate finance at Fort Worth-based DFB Pharmaceuticals.

As a former Director of the University of North Texas Discovery Park and Technology Transfer and Executive Director at the Texas A&M University Research Park, Strong has experience working with entrepreneurs and researchers as well as aligning strategies to boost economic growth in the sector.

“We view this as an opportunity to have better reach and deeper reach into the community,” said bionorthTX Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Kay Tieman.

Tieman, who has led bionorthTX since its founding in 2014, will remain active with the organization. 

From health care providers and medical device companies to clinical research and contract manufacturing, North Texas runs the gamut in the life science market. 

“It’s a robust community, we just need to bring awareness to everything that’s happening, and that’s what we’re trying to do” 

Kay Tieman

But, the diversity and geographic spread of industry players makes it more difficult for people to discern what the region has to offer, Tieman said. 

For almost two years, bionorthTX has worked to enhance the profile and connect members of the North Texas life science community through its resource offerings, educational programming, and networking opportunities. It will host its second annual iC3 Life Science Summit Oct. 26 at UTA’s College Park Center.

“It’s a robust community, we just need to bring awareness to everything that’s happening, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Tieman said. 

IF YOU GO

iC3 Life Science Summit

When: Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by a welcome presentation at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 26

Where: The University of Texas at Arlington’s College Park Center, 600 S. Center St., in Arlington

What to expect: BionorthTX’s second annual iC3 Life Science Summit will include presentations and panels from life science industry professionals and networking opportunities. Among those speaking will be, Tom Kowalski, president and CEO of Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute, and John McWhorter, COO of Baylor Scott & White Health System. This year’s event is expected to draw about 300-400 attendees.

More Info: bionorthtx.org


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