INDIANAPOLIS (April 15, 2019) – – The Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ) has selected VisionTech Partners I VisionTech Angels Executive Director Ben Pidgeon as a panelist at its upcoming Power Breakfast Series on Indiana’s life sciences industry. The discussion will focus on the sustainability of Indiana’s success in the life sciences space, which last year attracted a record $115 million in venture funding.
Since joining VisionTech as its first executive director in 2016, Pidgeon has become one of the most familiar faces in Indiana’s startup circles. Each year, he and his member-based selection committee screen some 400 startups before selecting the 12 to 15 invited to present to VisionTech Angels’ investor network across Indiana and Ohio. Under Pidgeon’s leadership, VisionTech’s investment portfolio has swelled to 30 companies, the majority of which are in the life sciences and/or headquartered in Indiana.
Pidgeon will be joined on the panel by a respected group of life sciences executives and experts, including Marietta Harrison, associate director, Purdue University Center for Cancer Research; Ketan Paranjape, vice president, Diagnostics, Information Solutions, Roche Diagnostics; Mike Sherman, former president and CEO, Endocyte; Derek A. Small, president and CEO, Assembly Biosciences; and John Spegele, vice president, Business Solutions, Covance Central Laboratory Services. The Indianapolis Business Journal’s John Russell, the publication’s health care and life sciences reporter, will moderate.
The IBJ Power Breakfast Life Sciences event will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott, 350 W. Maryland Street. Individual tickets and table sponsorships are available. Register now as space is limited.
About VisionTech Partners I VisionTech Angels
Founded in 2008, VisionTech Partners I VisionTech Angels is a privately held company that links investors to high-potential, early-growth companies. Based in Indianapolis, capital of one of the nation’s most vibrant innovation regions, VisionTech is where inventors, entrepreneurs, investors, universities, and strategic partners convene to share, fund, and launch innovative technologies and companies. VisionTech Angels has chapters in Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Dayton, Ohio; and an Affinity chapter for physicians, AngelBom.