I hope this email finds you well in the new year. 2021 is going to be an exciting year for iBIO and our community. 

It’s hard to believe, but iBIO will be celebrating our 20th anniversary this year. I can’t think of a better year to celebrate our community’s growth and impact on patients and the economy. 

We have a lot planned this year to celebrate our 20th anniversary and showcase our community. 

Promote: Our iBIO NewsBrief reaches thousands of life sciences professionals every morning. It is perfect for our members to share company news, thought leadership on issues, and promote programming and services. In 2021 we will create more original content in our NewsBrief featuring companies, researchers, and community news.We will also release a 20-year retrospective chronicling the community’s growth, highlighting the community members who helped us grow and detail a path forward for our community’s continued growth.

Connect: Our Business Solutions program with BIO continues to grow, adding more vendors and services to provide our members with even more savings. In 2020, iBIO members saved over $3 million on lab supplies, office products, and services needed to run a life sciences business. In 2021, we will have more programming to connect our membership, including our Frontier Healthcare Innovation Showcase in late spring (stay tuned for more details). 

Engage: It’s hard to stay engaged while remaining socially distanced, which is especially true for keeping students interested in STEM. Last year we announced our $2.7 Million DOD STEM Grant with Goshen Education. We expanded our STEMGirls Summer STEM Camp to a virtual platform attracting over 500 registrations from more than 22 states. Building on that success, in 2021, we will host our Virtual Family Summer STEM Camp for STEM students nationwide, and we will soon announce a new STEM program and major partnership to keep kids engaged in STEM and STEM Careers. 

The growth of our community would not be possible without the support and leadership of our member companies. We will be looking for community members to help us with our programming this year, including pitch judges, STEM career profiles, and scientist features. If you are interested in engaging in our programming this year, please feel free to contact me. 

If you have not renewed your membership for 2021, you can visit our website to renew your dues or request an invoice. 

We plan to celebrate this year, and I hope you will join us.