Betting on Change - The Venture Forum in 2008

May 14, 2008, 01:00 ET from Larta Institute

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Shining a spotlight on the
 ever-growing field of life sciences, Larta Institute's 14th Annual Venture
 Forum will provide a ray of hope in the midst of the dark backdrop of the
 current economy. This year the Forum has the unparalleled opportunity to
 focus on brilliant entrepreneurs in the life sciences, even while concerns
 are surfacing on broader economic issues. "For 14 years, through good
 economic times and bad, the passion and ingenuity of entrepreneurs has been
 an inspiration for us all," says Rohit Shukla, CEO of Larta Institute.
 Therefore, Larta's focus on market-ready and well-coached seed-stage
 companies from across the globe attracts the most experienced, insightful
 and driven industry leaders to this "marketplace of ideas and solutions."
     "Financing for innovation is always challenging, especially when the
 world economy is dealing with inflation, deflation, high energy prices,
 economic downturn and credit market crises," said G. Steven Burrill, CEO of
 Burrill & Company, and a featured keynote speaker. "The Venture Forum
 brings together innovation and capital in a creative atmosphere -- this
 kind of financing is the hallmark of an innovative society." Burrill &
 Company is co-producing the event with Larta Institute. The other
 noteworthy keynote speakers this year, including Boris Nikolic of the Gates
 Foundation and Mary Woolley, president of Research!America, and a host of
 seasoned industry executives, will describe and embrace the advancements,
 opportunities and pitfalls of this critical sector.
     The Venture Forum is the culmination of Larta's close mentoring of
 showcased innovators over the course of many months, and as such is
 considered the premier platform for emerging companies to present and
 exhibit for serious investors and industry executives. "Larta's Venture
 Forum offers an exciting opportunity to view compelling emerging technology
 innovations -- this fits well with P&G Health Care's objectives, which are
 focused on external discovery to fill our pipeline," said Bruce Halpryn of
 Procter & Gamble Health Care. "The ideas being pitched at the Forum are of
 great interest to us in our continuing search for innovative technologies
 that could drive new business opportunities for P&G Health Care."
     In this "rich brew of innovation," as Shukla refers to it, presenting
 companies are specially selected from the National Institutes of Health's
 Commercialization Assistance Program, managed by Larta institute. In
 addition, an equal number are selected from Larta's network, representing
 36 states, 12 universities and entrepreneurs from Larta's Global Bridge
 network, this year featuring Brazil and Canada.
     Larta Institute's track record of success ensures that this year's
 event will once again present great new business opportunities not seen on
 the regular conference circuit.
     2008 Life Sciences Venture Forum, Friday, May 30 -- Santa Clara
 Convention Center:
     Attendee Registration:
     Credentialed Media: To register for press passes, contact Avi Kulokas
 at or 213-538-1451.
     Sponsorship Opportunities: For information on sponsorship, contact
 Carlos Gutierrez at or 213-538-1453.
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