BioForward seeks Chief Executive Officer

BioForward seeks Chief Executive Officer

BioForward-logo_webBIOforward, the member driven, Wisconsin affiliate of the national Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced it has initiated a national search for a Chief Executive Officer. The Executive Board has decided to elevate the previously titled Executive Director position to a Chief Executive Officer title in response to Wisconsin’s continued growth across the broad cross-section of life science specialties, including drug development, medical devices, research tools, biofuels, food and agriculture. The successful candidate will be accountable to a Board of Directors, which is seeking a new CEO who has experience with change management, growing revenue and advancing a strategic agenda within a trade association, member cooperative or not for profit setting.

Gayle Kirkpatrick, Board President, in conjunction with fellow BIOforward Directors, has selected Board members Joe Hammer, of GE Capital, and Bill Domann, of The Domann Organization, to Co-Chair the Search Committee efforts.

BIOforward provides comprehensive support and solutions tailored to the unique needs of Wisconsin’s life science companies and institutions, delivering tangible value through group purchasing savings, capital access, government affairs & advocacy, networking and best-practice sharing. BIOforward also supports the future of life science innovation through the organization’s work in science education, career development, and entrepreneurship.

All interested candidates for the position or individuals who may have a recommendation should submit their resumes or comments in confidence to Bill Domann at

About BIOforward:

BIOforward was founded in 1987, as the Wisconsin Biotechnology Association, a partnership among leaders in Wisconsin’s emerging biotechnology industry. The association joined forces in 2001 with the medical device manufacturers, and became the Wisconsin Biotechnology and Medical Device Association. The organization was rebranded in 2009 as BIOforward. Members include life science companies, universities, nonprofits, and service providers.

As an advocate for advancing Wisconsin’s position as a lead Life Science community, BIOforward brings together the collective strengths and experience of Wisconsin’s Lifescience innovators, providing the resources to create develop and deliver products to improve the lives of people around the world.