About Symposium

Midwest Taiwanese Biotechnology Association (MTBA) and St. Louis chapter of North America Taiwanese Engineering & Science Association (NATEA) are pleased to announce and invite you to join our first Midwest Taiwanese Biotechnology Symposium in Chicago on 9/8 and 9/9, 2018. This symposium proposes to facilitate the communication between Taiwanese biotechnology communities in the Midwest United States. This meeting will cover discussions including trending technology, career development, and workplace challenges. Professionals from both academia and industry will join us to share their precious experience. Our event also includes networking opportunities to help participants build their connections.

To celebrate the establishment of this new platform, this symposium presents two keynote speeches given by Dr. Wen-Hsiung Li, the Balzan Prize awardee and Academicians of Academia Sinica, and Dr. Hsinjin Edwin Yang, the President of Pioneer Scientific Solutions, LLC. to share their thoughts and experience learned from their career. Following the keynote speeches, we prepare three panels covering (1) how to succeed in applying for faculty positions (2) how to join the biotech/pharmaceutical industry (3) how to succeed in the industry. Moreover, young participants will have chances to promote their research during the lightning talk and the poster session.

Through this symposium, we believe that it will be a great opportunity for scientists in the Midwest to foster stronger connections and help them move forward to the goal. Please join us. We are looking forward to seeing you in Chicago.

About MTBA

The MTBA is a professional organization initiated in the summer of 2017 by a group of young scientists across cities in the Midwest United States, including Ann Arbor (MI), Chicago (IL), Columbus (OH), Kansas City (MO), Madison (WI), St. Louis (MO), Indianapolis and West Lafayette (IN).

The concept was first initiated by the St. Louis chapter of NATEA and later elaborated to become a formal, independent organization. The goal of MTBA is to provide a platform for professionals to exchange information and promote dialogue in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, the medical science. The first mission of MTBA is to hold the first Midwest Taiwanese Biotechnology Symposium in Chicago in the fall of 2018. MTBA is looking for active members who would like to join and organize events, including symposia, webinars, and regional meetings. Please contact us for more information.


Day 1: Sep 8, 2018 (Sat)

8:00 - 8:30 Registration / Poster Setup
8:30 - 8:50 Opening Remarks
8:50 - 9:40 Keynote Speach I
Dr. Wen-Hsiung Li
9:40 - 10:00 Coffee Break
10:00 - 10:25 Introduction to Science and Technology Division
TECO in Houston
Dr. Tiffany Yu
10:25 - 11:45 Panel Discussion I
Come Together
How to join and survive in a biomedical company?
11:45 - 12:00 Introduction to BioGroup
Dr. Chau-Ti Ting
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch and Roundtable Discussion
13:30 - 14:20 Plenary Lecture
Dr. Heng-Chi Lee
14:20 - 15:40 Panel Discussion II
Don't Stop Believin'
My first step as principal investigator
15:40 - 16:00 Bubble Milk Tea Break
16:00 - 17:00 Lightning Talk
Judge: Dr. Richard Liang
17:00 - 18:00 Poster Session



Auditorium (Room 1103)
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
The University of Chicago
900 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637

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