Serving on one of Georgia Bio’s committee or networks is an excellent way for members to tap into new knowledge as well as shape the strategic issues that affect the industry. Georgia Bio offers a variety of opportunities to participate in committees, network task force and forums that engage in activities designed to promote the success and growth of members’ businesses and the state’s life sciences industry.

Contact Georgia Bio to learn how to get involved with committee service.

What is a Committee?

A committee meets on a regular basis and requires volunteer time.  You will be involved in organizing and developing programs throughout the year.  Committees are open to the general membership. You must be a member in good standing to participate in a committee.

Policy & Advocacy Committee

Chair: Holly Snow, Amgen

The Policy and Advocacy Committee mission is to identify public policy issues of significance to Georgia Bio members and develop position statements and advocacy strategies. The committee also develops forums and programs aimed at educating GaBio members, government officials and the general public about bioscience issues.

In addition, the committee develops the Georgia Bio legislative agenda, strategies for working with other life sciences stakeholders on public policy issues, such as the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Biosciences Council of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, in advocating public policy positions. The Committee works in partnership with the Georgia Life Sciences Coalition (GLSC)-learn more about the GLSC here.

Ecosystem Development Committee

Chair: William Kitchens, Arnall Golden Gregory

The committee's mission is to create a forum for Georgia’s economic development professionals and life-sciences company executives to work closely in developing strategies for growing the state’s life-sciences industry and in creating, retaining and recruiting companies. 


  • Assist in the implementation of state economic-development marketing initiatives targeting Georgia’s life-sciences industry.
  • Conduct ongoing outreach to existing life-science companies in Georgia to assess companies’ needs and to ensure the growth and retention of Georgia’s established life-science companies.
  • Identify companies that may want to relocate to Georgia and provide outreach to companies targeted by Georgia.
  • Provide appropriate and timely information for state and local economic-development professionals for use in recruiting life-science companies to Georgia.
  • Assist in advocating legislative measures that boost new company formation, support emerging companies and enable established companies to expand.

Commercialization Committee

Chair: James Weyhenmeyer, VP Research & Economic Development, Georgia State University

The Commercialization Committee strives to be the communication hub between academia and industry.  It provides educational opportunities and mentorship for the commercialization of innovative technologies coming out of Georgia universities.

Awards Committee

Chair: Robert T. McNally. Ph.D., GeoVax

Each year Georgia Bio recognizes outstanding achievements by people, companies and organizations in Georgias bioscience industry.  The top award is the Industry Growth Award recognizing individuals in the public and private sectors who have made extraordinary contributions to the growth of Georgia’s life sciences industry.   Georgia Bio also recognizes outstanding accomplishments with Community Awards, Legislator of the Year awards, Deals of the Year, and the Emerging Leader of the Year. 
The awards committee consists of a small group of industry representatives who are responsible for coordinating a public call for award nominations in all categories as well as reviewing financial deals from the previous year to determine winners in each category. Learn about the Awards Dinner and awardees here.