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Announcing Companies to Present at the 7th Annual MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum

MASSAPEQUA, N.Y., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- International Business Forum, Inc. and the Mid-America Healthcare Investors Network (MHIN) will jointly present the 7th Annual MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum and is hosted by the Wisconsin Technology Council. The conference brings together CEOs and CFOs of healthcare companies, venture capitalists, corporate business development executives, angel investors, investment bankers, university spin-outs and tech-transfer officers.

This forum is geared specifically to US investors and entrepreneurs of emerging biotech/pharma, medical device, and healthcare technology companies. The event will take place October 1-2, 2008 at the Westin Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is expected to once again draw over 300+ attendees.

This year's company application process was oversubscribed. Each presenting company has been screened by venture firms such as Arboretum Ventures, Triathlon Medical Ventures, CID Capital, Venture Investors, and DaneVest Tech Fund. These companies span the life science industry, including medical devices, diagnostics, drug delivery, drug discovery, biotechnology and healthcare information technologies. This year's Presenting Companies include:

                               Presenting Companies
    Aarden Pharmaceuticals, Inc.          Gentel Biosciences, Inc.

    Addiction Therapeutix, Inc.           GWC Technologies Inc.

    Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc.   ImmuneWorks, Inc.

    Airway Therapeutics, Inc.             ImmunoGenetix Therapeutics, Inc.

    Akebia Therapeutics, Inc.             Incept Biosystems

    AllTranz, Inc.                        iRxReminder LLC

    ApoImmune, Inc.                       Kappametics, Inc.

    AssureRx, LLC                         KemPharm, Inc.

    AureoGen Biosciences, Inc.            m2m Imaging Corp

    Axenic Dental, Inc.                   Metabolic Solutions Development

    BioSystem Development, LLC            Mithridion, Inc.

    CellCura Inc                          NeoChord, Inc.

    Cellectar, Inc.                       Nerites Corporation

    Cellular Dynamics International, Inc. NewLink Genetics Corporation

    Checkpoint Surgical                   Novian Health

    Compact Particle Acceleration Corp.   OrthoData Inc.

    CytoPherx, Inc.                       Phoenix Nuclear Labs

    Dgimed Ortho, Inc.                    Quintessence Biosciences, Inc.

    Echometrix                            Rapid Diagnostek, Inc.

    EraGen Biosciences, Inc.              Ratio, Inc.

    Flex Biomedical                       Siloam Biosciences, Inc.

    FluGen Inc.                           TheraVasc, LLC

    Galera Therapeutics, LLC              Vestaron Corporation

This year's conference sponsors have lent support beyond their financial commitment to help secure quality speakers and presenting companies. 2009's sponsors include: Forward Wisconsin, Grant Thornton, Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP, The Domann Organization, B.C. Ziegler & Company, and Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.

The 2009 exhibitors include: Baird Venture Partners, Covance, Silicon Valley Bank, StatKing Consulting, Thrive, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, University Research Park, UW - Madison Office of Corporate Relations, Venture Investors, LLC, WARF, and Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions.

Strategic Alliances include: MVCA, LifeScience Alley, MRUN, Bioforward, and iBio.

To learn more about the event program and to register, please visit:

About International Business Forum, Inc.

IBF-International Business Forum, Inc. is a leading presenter of venture capital, technology innovation and private equity conferences in the United States. For 20 years, IBF has been presenting conferences which unite investors, emerging growth companies and corporations. IBF produces conferences on the following venture capital subjects: Venture Capital Investing, Early Stage Investing, Cleantech Investing, Corporate Venturing & Strategic Partnering, Biotech & Life Sciences Investing, Medical Devices and Healthcare Technologies Investing, Consumer Medicine, and Euro New Energy Investing. To see a full listing of IBF's conferences please visit:


The Mid-America Healthcare Investors Network (MHIN) is an association of more than 48 venture capital firms from 14 states, with more than $2 billion under management. MHIN focuses on life science investment opportunities in the Mid-America Region. These life science opportunities include companies involved in biotechnology, medical devices, bioinformatics, healthcare information technology, and healthcare services. MHIN was formed in 2002 to facilitate the syndication of deals among investors located in Mid-America; foster the exchange of ideas and expertise between members; and promote the Mid-America life science industry and opportunities that exist for investors.

About The Wisconsin Technology Council

The Tech Council is the science and technology advisor to the Governor and the Legislature. Launched in 2001, the Tech Council was created by a bipartisan act of the governor and the Legislature. It is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan board with members from tech companies, venture capital firms, and all levels of education, research institutions, government and law. The Tech Council has three main functions: It provides policy guidance to lawmakers, the governor, state agencies and other institutions in Wisconsin. It has most notably done so through "Vision 2020: A Model Wisconsin Economy" and white papers that have served as background for policymakers. It serves an important in-state networking role through Wisconsin Innovation Network (WIN), a community-based organization dedicated to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship. It also works with other statewide and local affiliates. And it provides out-of-state networking through its "I-Q Corridor" activities and other events. It serves as an economic catalyst through programs such as: Wisconsin Innovation Network (WIN); Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference; Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium; Monthly WIN Events; Governor's Business Plan Contest (BPC); Wisconsin Angel Network; and Wisconsin Security Research Consortium.

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