Business Forum to Address Biotechnology in US





 CHICAGO (April 28, 2010) – The US-Poland BIO Business Forum to be held on

May 5, 2010 at DePaul Center in downtown Chicago will focus on the entrepreneurial and innovative importance and potential of biotechnology in US-Poland trade and investment relations.

Hosted by the Polish American Chamber of Commerce (PACC), in partnership with LifeScience Cluster of Krakow, Poland, and the Driehaus Center for International Business at DePaul University, the event will bring together educators, business, and government leaders,  who have been active participants in, or intimate observers of, bio technology and US-Poland trade and investment relations.

The impetus behind the May 5 Forum is in large part to welcome and honor members of the Polish Delegation to the BIO International Convention which will take place in Chicago May 3-6, 2010. The Forum will include addresses by Zbigniew Kubacki, Minister Counselor / Head of the Trade & Investment Section at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington DC, and by Stanislaw Kracik, Voivode (Governor) of the Malopolska Province. Dr. Tomasz Mroczkowski of American University’s Kogod School of Business will offer a keynote address on the perspectives for development of BIO technology in Poland – options for collaboration between US and Poland.

A panel discussion moderated by Miller Canfield Principal Michael Traison will feature Pawel Blachno, CEO Jagiellonian Center of Innovation Ltd.; Iwona W. Bochenska, International Trade Specialist, IL Office of Trade & Investment; John D. Chaffee, President & CEO North Carolina’s Eastern Region; Jozef Dulak, PhD, DSc, Professor, Head of Department of Medical Biotechnology; Kazimierz Murzyn, Managing Director of LifeScience Cluster Krakow; and Richard A. Walawender, Principal at Miller Canfield.


  „Participants in our Forum will have a great opportunity to tap into a wealth of information as well as meet representatives of one of the largest and currently most dynamic economic sectors,” says PACC executive director Bogdan Pukszta. „We’re also very pleased that the Department of Trade and Investment at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington DC is among the earliest and strongest supporters of the event.”


As the host organization, the Polish American Chamber of Commerce intends to make a significant contribution to helping identify new markets and new opportunities, with special emphasis on capitalizing on the US-Poland partnership. „We are confident that our previous achievements and expertise, coupled with organizational co-sponsorship of the Pangea Alliance, and other sponsor assistance and participation will ensure the event’s success, benefiting the local business community, the US, and Poland in general,” added PACC president Lucas Fuksa.





The PACC is at the forefront of encouraging and promoting domestic and foreign trade to benefit its members and future business associates.  The Chamber is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of Illinois as a business association.  As the voice of Polish American business men and women, the Chamber is dedicated to serving their best interests through education on current trends and facilitating commercial contacts. The Chamber is also at the forefront of encouraging and promoting domestic and foreign trade to benefit its members, the community, and the State of Illinois. Its goals include promoting member businesses and enhancing trade relations between the US and Poland.