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October 13, 2022 | Tom Ballard

ETSU releases more details on upcoming bioeconomy symposium

The East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Research Corporation has released more details on its upcoming  event that will bring together leaders in education, government and industry to highlight global bioeconomy opportunities and initiatives in the Appalachian Highlands.

Titled “Growing the Future: Symposium on Innovation and Education for the Bioeconomy,” the event runs from 9 a.m. to 12 noon EDT October 27 in ETSU’s Mary B. Martin Center for the Arts. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required at this link.

“The symposium will showcase the potential of the bioeconomy and a workforce development blueprint,” said David Golden, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Research Corporation. “We have the educational platforms, partners, talent, facilities and focus to drive biobased innovation in the medical, industrial and agricultural sectors.”

According to an ETSU news release, the symposium will feature some of the world’s most innovative thought leaders in the bioeconomy. They include: (1) Bryan Greenhagen of Ginko Bioworks; (2) Thomas Tubon, Chief Workforce Development Officer from BioMADE; (3) Kate Sixt, Principal Director for Biotechnology with the U.S. Department of Defense; and (4) Natalie Kuldell, Founder and Executive Director of BioBuilder and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty member.

Regional education leaders who will be speaking include; (1) Jeff McCord, the newly named President of Northeast State Community College; (2) Nancy Dishner, President and CEO of the Niswonger Foundation; (3) Linda Latimer, Chair of the ETSU Board of Trustees; (4) Brian Noland, ETSU President; and (5) Kimberly D. McCorkle, ETSU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academics.

Industry leaders on the program include philanthropist Scott Niswonger and Rugged American Spirits CEO Scott Andrew.

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