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Last modified: Monday, August 3, 2009

Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conference heads to the 'Orthopedics Capital of the World'

Conference set for Sept. 11 in Warsaw, Ind.

Aug. 3, 2009

EDITORS: A complete program schedule, links to the participants' biographies and directions are available at Media interested in attending need to contact George Vlahakis of IU's Office of University Communications at 812-855-0846 or

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The successful Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conference Series will go on the road to Warsaw, Ind. -- the "Orthopedics Capital of the World" -- for the first of its 2009-10 seminars on Friday, Sept. 11.

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The Orthopaedic Capital Center at Grace College will be the site for the conference.

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Several key executives from medical device makers Biomet Orthopedics, Inc., DePuy Orthopaedics, Micropulse Inc., OrthoPediatrics, Paragon Medical, Inc., PearlDiver Technologies Inc., Symmetry Medical, Inc., and Zimmer will share insights about building a successful life sciences cluster and its role for future economic success in Indiana.

They will be joined by David Johnson, president and chief executive officer of BioCrossroads -- who will present a new report analyzing the industry and its prospects for future growth -- and advisors at Baker & Daniels LLP and its B&D Consulting division.

"This conference will give us a unique opportunity to learn from and see up close a huge success story in Indiana, a life sciences cluster that continues to grow, and which can be imitated elsewhere in the Hoosier state," said Larry Davidson, founding director of the Center for the Business of Life Sciences and the W. Michael and William D. Wells Life Sciences Faculty Fellow in the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

"In addition to hearing from decision makers at these companies, we'll also get the first look at a report that will answer important challenges faced by the orthopedics industry, including what it will take to remain successful in a global marketplace," Davidson added. "Businesses will learn how to pursue opportunity with these firms for mutual success."

The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orthopaedic Capital Center at Grace College at Winona Lake. Registration fee for each conference is $70 or $250 for the entire series. Other events in the series will take place Nov. 13 at Cook headquarters in Bloomington and Feb. 26 and May 14 in Indianapolis.

Registration is available online at or by contacting Roxie Glaze at the Kelley School at 812-855-9210 or

Larry Davidson

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The Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conference Series is presented by the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and its Center for the Business of Life Sciences, BioCrossroads and the IU Office of the Vice President for Engagement.

Following registration and networking from 8 to 9 a.m., Cheryl Blanchard, senior vice president and chief scientific officer at Zimmer, will offer introductory comments. Barry L. Parker, senior vice president of marketing at Symmetry Medical, will introduce the day's morning keynote speaker, Robin R. Young, president and founder of RRY Publications and Pearl Diver Technologies. Young will speak on the topic, "Orthopedics Today: How Innovation and Risk Taking Can Survive in the Modern Era."

A panel, "Opportunities and Challenges of the Device Industry," will follow at 10:45 a.m. and will be moderated by Pat Cross, leader of the Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice at Baker & Daniels. The panel will include Nick A. Deeter, chairman, president and CEO of OrthoPediatrics; Robert E. Durgin, senior vice president for quality, regulatory and clinical affairs at Biomet; and Vicent J. Ventimiglia Jr., senior vice president at B&D Consulting.

Following lunch at 1 p.m., Steve Corbett, director of U.S. operations at DePuy Orthopaedics, will introduce Johnson, who will present BioCrossroads' report, "Warsaw Indiana: The Orthopaedics Capital of the World; An Overview, Analysis and Blueprint for Future Industry and Community Growth."

At 2 p.m., a panel of executives will discuss the BioCrossroads report, introduced by Robert Chew, vice president of Commissioning Agents Inc. The panel will consist of Toby Buck, president and CEO of Paragon Medical; Brian Emerick, president and CEO of Micropulse; David Findlay, chief financial officer and executive vice president of administration at Lake City Bank; David Floyd, U.S. president of orthopaedics at DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.; Ron Manahan, president of Grace College; Jon Serbousek, president of Orthopedics at Biomet Orthopedics and Blanchard Johnson will moderate.

At 3:30 p.m., Floyd will wrap up the day's discussions.

The Sept. 11 conference is sponsored by Baker & Daniels LLP, BioCrossroads, DePuy Orthopaedics and Zimmer, with support from Commissioning Agents, Inc., Paragon Medical, Inc. and Symmetry Medical, Inc.

Other series financial sponsors are AIT Laboratories; Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Beckman Coulter, Inc.; Clarian Health Ventures, Inc.; Indiana University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute; Cook Medical; Eli Lilly and Co.; Ice Miller LLP; the IU Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation; IU School of Medicine; Purdue University; Taft Stettinius and Hollister LLP and the University of Notre Dame.

Brochure and marketing sponsors are Cabello Associates, Inc.; Covidien Imaging Solutions; Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership; Solutions; Indiana Health Industry Forum; IU College of Arts & Sciences; IU School of Informatics; IU Research & Technology Corp.; the Kelley School's Evening MBA Program; Methodist Medical Center of Illinois and the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center.