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The Mountain State's biological sciences industry is gathering in Charleston for its third annual conference on the state's growing industry.

The event is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28. It is being hosted at the Town Center Marriott Hotel in Charleston.

"This conference will highlight the role and impact of the bioscience industry in West Virginia, showcase research and commercialization efforts taking place at state universities and private companies, and discuss policies and programs to help nurture the industry," said Derek Gregg, chairman of the Bioscience Association of West Virginia (BioWV). "Biotech is an important field for our state, and it will become an economic cornerstone in the years to come."

Gregg said the industry has been successful in the state, but more could be done to grow the sector.

According to a news release from BioWV, the event will focus on clinical trials taking place in the state and the societal and economic importance of those programs.

For professional economic developers, the WV Bioscience Summit qualifies for five professional development credit hours. The cost to attend the event – which includes a reception on Feb. 27 and lunch on Feb. 28 – is $25 for members, $50 for nonmembers and free to students.

Speakers at the conference include Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (invited); Fritz Bittenbender, vice president, alliance development and state government relations, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO); Jeff May, vice president of product strategy of Mylan North America; Dr. Paul Hill, chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; Dr. Brady Reynolds, University of Kentucky, Appalachian Translational Research Network; and Jeff Trewhitt, senior director of communications and public affairs, PhRMA.

Additional speakers will also present on various panels at the summit.

To register for the event, visit www.biowv.org and click on the "events" link.