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Attending Neuroscience 2017? We’ll Be There to Connect You with Industry.

More than 30,000 professionals from 80 countries will attend Neuroscience 2017 in Washington, DC this November. The Center for Industry Research Collaboration of Wake Forest Innovations will be there to help you make the right connections in the sea of neuroscience researchers, clinicians and businesses.


You have a lot of ground to cover when attending conferences—sessions to attend, people to see. On top of that, you want to promote your own research. Your research deserves attention, but you also want the right kind of attention.

The Center for Industry Research Collaboration wants to help you make the most of your trip to Washington, DC.

“Our goal in attending Neuroscience 2017 is to connect you with industry members who are interested in your line of work,” says Ken Szeliga, project manager for the Center.

Here are three ways we can help you get the most out of Neuroscience 2017:

1. Direct industry representatives to your presentation or poster

Are you one of the thousands of researchers presenting at Neuroscience 2017? We want to drive more traffic to your posters or presentations.

“At the Wake Forest Innovations booth, we can direct industry representatives and other interested attendees to the poster sessions and presentations of our expert Wake Forest researchers,” says Terry Ladd, director of business development for the Center for Industry Research Collaboration.

In addition to directing traffic through the booth, we can also share the time and place of your presentations with our individual contacts. As we interact with relevant industry members, we’ll send them in your direction.

2. Set up meetings—the right meetings—with industry interested in your research

Before and during your conferences, Wake Forest Innovations can reach out to the vendors and companies that will be in attendance, targeting businesses specifically interested in your work.

“We know conferences are busy times for researchers, so we can help with the legwork of setting up industry meetings,” says Szeliga. “The more we know about your research beforehand, the more targeted those meetings can be.

Contact us before the conference and let us know what you’re working on. We’ll do our homework to find potential industry sponsor matches for you at the world’s largest neuroscience conference.

3. Be a resource

“We attend conferences to be a resource for our researchers,” says Ladd.

The Center will have a booth—#1815—set up in the exhibit hall during the conference. You can use our booth as a meeting point with potential industry partners during the course of the conference. We’ll have promotional materials there to distribute to industry sponsors.

If you connect with any industry sponsors at the conference, we can be a resource for you. We’ll meet with interested sponsors and give them details about sponsored research at Wake Forest Baptist. We can capture their contact information and even organize meetings with potential industry sponsors.

“At Neuroscience 2017, we can help field questions from industry and facilitate interactions between you and industry contacts,” says Szeliga.

If you are heading to Neuroscience 2017, please let us know before you get there. Wake Forest Innovations wants to support you as you work with industry.