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Marin's Biotech Hub Heats Up
May 28, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
San Rafael Corporate Center
750 Lindaro Street, San Rafael
Did you know how far advanced Marin already is in the Biotech space?
Marin County is home to 200 life science companies that employ over 1,700 people with some of the highest wages of all industries, on average $146,000 per employee annually.
According to a recent study, Marin has more life sciences companies per capita than any other California county.
Building on this momentum, efforts are now underway to promote the Biotech sector even further. The City of Novato and the Marin Economic Forum have helped organize the four North Bay Counties into forming a $1.5 million three year marketing and recruitment campaign targeted to increasing the number of Life Science companies and jobs in the North Bay.
Over the next three years the City of Novato is looking to increase Life Science jobs by 500 high paying research related jobs.
On May 28th, two of the leaders of this alliance -- Chris Stewart and Rob Eyler -- Will present their approach on how the campaign will be funded and managed.
Here's your chance to meet the personalities behind these efforts and hear what their strategies are. Perhaps we'll get a glimpse of Marin's outlook in the years to come?
Chris Stewart
Economic Development Manager
City of Novato
Chris joined the City of Novato on October 8, 2012 as their new Economic Development Manager. Prior to accepting the position he was managing partner of Stewart Consulting Group a firm that provided economic development and public/private partnership consulting services. Chris also served as CEO of three Economic Development Corporations in Los Angeles and Merced and Kern Counties. Under Chris’ leadership those organizations helped attract more than 165,000 new jobs and increase local and county economies by $100’s of millions annually.
Robert Eyler, PhD
Professor, Department of Economics
Sonoma State University
Robert Eyler is also the CEO of the Marin Economic Forum, a private-public partnership aimed at Marin County’s sustainable growth through business vitality, social equity and environmental balance. Robert is also Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis at Sonoma State University. Robert earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1998. He earned a B.A. in Economics at CSU, Chico in 1992.

Robert is the author of two books and several academic articles concerning economic sanctions, the economics of the wine industry, and monetary economics. Dr. Eyler is often called up by the media for his expert input into the economic climate, acted as an expert witness in interstate trade litigation, and as a forensic economist. He also provides economic impact analyses for both private firms and public entities to help guide public policy at the local and state level and has been a visiting scholar at both the University of Bologna and Stanford University.
About the Organization:
SofTech is a non-profit trade organization committed to fostering communication and cooperation for business and technology professionals in Northern California's Marin and Sonoma counties. Its goal is to identify and showcase technology leaders and support the technology user community.

SofTech develops programs and provides meaningful networking opportunities for its members who include American River Ventures, Autodesk, Inc., Bank of Marin, Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos & RudyLLP, iPost, JAG Wire Group, The K/A Group LLC, Phippen Design Group and Ridgecrest Marketing.
Wednesday, May 28rd, 2014
San Rafael Corporate Center
Tamalpais Room
750 Lindaro
San Rafael, CA 94901
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6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Registration and Networking
7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Presentation
8:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Audience Q&A
Food and beverages will be served.

$20 at the door for non-members who did not register in advance
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