Minnesota Made: Growing the bioeconomy

November 04, 2021

Hear from an expert panel with deep roots in biotechnology and industry about the future of the bioeconomy in Minnesota and beyond. Submit questions before or during the live event.

Gold background with three white icons - a computer screen with a DNA structure, a microscope and a Petri dish.  Word below read “Minnesota Made: Growing the Bioeconomy”


Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, November 4
  • Time: 12 - 1 p.m. CT
  • Location: Online - RSVP for Zoom Link
  • Price: Free


This event is organized by the College of Biological Sciences in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research and the BioTechnology Institute.


Event Description 

With the bioeconomy expected to represent $4 trillion in economic activity in the next decade, the opportunities to translate cutting-edge research into bio-based products that are more sustainable and durable than existing options are abundant. Minnesota is positioned to play a leading role given investments in infrastructure and a critical mass of expertise. Several new developments at the University of Minnesota promise to address this critical need and position the College of Biological Sciences squarely at the center of an emerging nexus of biomanufacturing innovation and activity in the region.


Leza Besemann - Senior Manager, Technology Commercialization, Office for the Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota


  • Pamela Contag - CEO and President, BioEclipse Therapeutics
  • Michael Sadowsky - Director, BioTechnology Institute; Distinguished McKnight University Professor
  • Mike Smanski - Associate Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
  • Jill Zullo - Vice President, Bio-Intermediates, Cargill