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June 29th, 2011

Minnesota's Spirit of Collaboration


This is a personal observation -- and one I've made before, though not in this space. Being again at the international biotechnology conference reminded me of it. The people involved in medical research and related science in Minnesota -- including those who support and advocate -- are great collaborators. The Minnesota Partnership is just one example. Over two dozen of us show up every year at BIO to communicate, promote and network for our own institutions, but also to join together to promote Minnesota. We learn about each other's organizations so we can provide effective referrals for each other. We support the state in developing materials and events. We encourage each other. If one is successful, all of us succeed. I could list all the groups partnering here to tell Minnesota's story, but these posts are to be brief. In addition to Mayo and the University of Minnesota, LifeScience Alley, the   BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, and most of the local economic development groups in the state are here supporting the Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Dale Wahlstrom and Dr. Eric Wieben represent Minnesota at BIO

Many bioscience companies fill out the delegation.  We have become friends as well as colleagues. In these less than certain times, may I say it's good to know these knowledgable and talented people are working on the same team.

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