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The headline tech conference of the Forward Festival, the Forward Technology Conference (FTC) is geared toward startup founders, tech geeks, and those wanting to build successful technology companies. Whether you’re thinking about launching a startup business or you’re an experienced entrepreneur, you’ll find this conference relevant and insightful.

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Laura Strong

I am a biotechnology executive with more than 15 years of operational as well as strategic experience. At Propagate Health, I am building a core network of advisors and entrepreneurs across healthcare, life sciences, and technology to enable problem-oriented innovation. During my time at Quintessence Biosciences, I leveraged my knowledge of drug development into experience bringing a biologic through an oncology Phase I clinical trial. The capital efficient environment in Madison allowed me to hone strategy development skills that balance risk and cost. At HealthMyne, I applied my existing skills in oncology drug development to the parallel market of radiology software. In both roles, I developed strong connections with a focus on partnerships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. As faculty in the Masters in Biotechnology program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I provide leadership as the students bring the scientific and business concepts they have learned together in their final thesis project. I am actively involved in the growth and support of the entrepreneurial community in Madison through a variety of initiatives and organizations. I have a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and am an author on 19 peer-reviewed publications and inventor on 10 issued US patents.