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AIDS-research pioneer, match.com founder are Innovate conference speakers

innovate-mississippi_rgbInnovate Mississippi’s 14th annual Conference on Technology Innovation features two speakers from opposite sides of the spectrum, but a lineup that Innovate president and CEO Tony Jeff calls “one of the best we have ever had.”

The two-day conference begins Tuesday at the Jackson Convention Complex. Tickets are $75. Visit www.innovatemsconference.com to view the complete agenda and to register online.



Wednesday’s speakers are Dr. Hannah Gay of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for her role in finding a functional cure of an HIV-infected infant, and Will Bunker, co-founder of match.com, a serial entrepreneur and graduate of Mississippi State University.

“The Conference on Technology Innovation is the annual gathering of Mississippians interested in innovation and entrepreneurship, and brings together insightful speakers and sessions to help connect and inform attendees,” Jeff said in a news release.

The conference begins Tuesday at 2 p.m. with the eighth annual Company & Investor Spotlight event. The three-hour event is free and open to the public and will feature the latest technologies and innovations from Mississippi entrepreneurs and include information about private equity investing from angel investors.

Gay speaks at Wednesday’s 8 a.m. breakfast program, which will be followed by sessions that range from new technologies for home and office to telehealth to business topics.

Bunker is the keynote speaker for the luncheon program, which begins at noon.

Dr. Phil Singerman, associate director for innovation and industry services at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland and interim director of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, will be in attendance for the InnovateMEP Mississippi advisory board meeting and will speak during the luncheon program.

“Our focus on innovation within existing industry also provides a valuable draw for companies already in operation, but looking for additional innovation resources,” said Jeff.

“Entrepreneurs and investors will get a lot out of the conference, but many other groups, like mentors and service providers that provide work to the state’s innovation companies – or who want to get in on these ground-floor opportunities – will get a lot out of it as well.”

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