Middle Bit: TAI and IowaBio hosting two forums this fall with Iowa gubernatorial candidates.

The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) and IowaBio will host two forums this fall with Iowa’s Democrat and Republican gubernatorial candidates.

The candidates will participate on separate dates this – one with Fred Hubbell on Sept. 21, and one with Gov. Kim Reynolds on Oct. 3 – in Cedar Rapids from 10 to 11 a.m., both at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.┬áDuring each Forum, the candidates will answer questions from a panel of five experts: three from bioscience and two from technology.

The forum will allow leaders in bioscience and technology to discuss ideas for future industry policy with the gubernatorial candidates, prior to the general election in November.

The panelists who will be at the forums are:

  • Erin Rollenhagen, Founder of Entrepreneurial Technologies and 2018 TAI Board Chair
  • Laura Smith, CIO at UnityPoint Health
  • Ryan Schaap, CIO at Wells Enterprises and 2019 TAI Board Chair
  • Abby Parta, Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Boston, Massachusetts; Chair of IowaBio
  • Dr. Wendy Srnic, Global Leader, Integrated Field Sciences at Corteva, Johnston, (Sept. 21st forum)
  • Dr. Keri Carstens, Senior Manager, of Integrated Product Research & Stewardship, DuPont Pioneer’s Seed Treatment Enterprise, Johnston, Iowa (Oct. 3rd forum)

Both forums will last approximately one hour and be moderated by TAI’s Brian Waller on September 21st and Iowa Bio’s Joe Hrdlicka on October 3rd.

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