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CHIentist: Connections MATTER


Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CDT)

CHIentist: Connections MATTER

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Event Details

CHIentist is proud to present our 1st annual networking event, CHIentist: Connections MATTER. The goal of this event is to build a stronger life science community by providing a platform for professionals from different niches of Chicago's Biomedical Ecosystem to communicate with each other and foster new connections.

The event will start with a keynote address by Mr. Tim Walbert, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Pharma. Mr. Walbert joined Horizon Pharma in June 2008 as the president and chief executive officer and has served as chairman of the board of directors since 2010. Prior to joining Horizon Pharma, he served as president, chief executive officer and director of IDM Pharma, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company which was acquired by Takeda America Holdings, Inc., or Takeda, in June 2009. Mr. Walbert also serves on the board of directors of XOMA Corporation, Egalet Corporation, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO), ChicagoNEXT.; and he is a member of the Illinois Innovation Council.

After the keynote address, the night will be followed by both structured and freestyle networking.



6:00-6:30pm - Reception

6:30-7:00pm - Introduction and Keynote Address

7:00-7:40pm - Structured Speed Networking (4 rounds/10 mins each)

7:40-8:30pm - Freestyle Networking

Light appetizers, local beer and wine will be provided.


This will be an excellent opportunity to explore the diversity of Chicago's Biomedical Ecosystem and to strengthen your social and professional network.

To ensure diversity among attendees, we kindly ask you to RSVP in your respective category. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at this event!

Have questions about CHIentist: Connections MATTER? Contact CHIentist

When & Where

222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza
Suite 1230, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654

Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CDT)

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CHIentist is a graduate student and postdoctoral fellow led initiative which seeks to build community and foster new connections among life scientists in the Chicago area. Our organizers include representatives from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Chicago. We aim to provide a means for Chicago scientists in academia and industry to meet, connect and communicate with like-minded individuals through regularly held social and networking events. By providing a platform for virtual and in-person networking opportunities, we hope to strengthen the local life science community, thereby further solidifying the City of Chicago as a major biomedical hub and superior center for science and innovation.


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