Partnership includes $10,000 donation to fund iBIO STEM programming for girls in grades three through eight, plus discounted rates for iBIO members at upcoming CPhI North America event in Chicago

NEW YORK, April 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CPhI North America, an industry-leading event that brings together the complete North American pharma supply chain, today announced a new partnership with Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization (iBIO). Through the partnership, CPhI North America will donate $10,000 to the iBIO EDUCATE Center, which delivers industry-led STEM programs to teachers and students, to support STEM programming for girls. In addition to this donation, iBIO members will also enjoy a significantly discounted rate for attending the upcoming CPhI North America event, being held in Chicago from April 30 to May 2 at Lakeside Center, McCormick Place.

iBIO is an association that represents more than 85,000 life science employees at member companies, universities, service providers, and venture firms throughout Illinois. The partnership with CPhI North America invites iBIO members to make new connections and renew old ones by taking advantage of a 30 percent discounted attendee rate. IBIO members can register at using promotional code 30IBIO.

CPhI North America’s $10,000 donation to the iBIO’s EDUCATE Center will specifically be used to fund iBIO’s Stellar Girls and STEM Girls Camp. Both programs work to introduce girls in grades three through eight to careers in STEM. Stellar Girls does this through after-school programming, and the STEM Girls Camp does this through a five-day summer camp.

“We’re delighted to support iBIO in its Stellar Girls and STEM Girls Camp initiatives as part of CPhI North America’s dedication to the promotion and growth of female interest and success in the biopharma field,” commented Joseph Marks, Brand Director, CPhI North America. “As an industry-leading event committed to inclusivity and equality, we’re also proud to present the third annual Women in Leadership Forum, an integral component of CPhI North America, which this year focuses on the theme ‘From Manager to Leader,’ and will see senior leaders from the pharmaceutical industry sharing inspirations and defining moments in their leadership journeys to date.” CPhI North America’s Women in Leadership Forum takes place Thursday May 2, from 8.00am to 11.00am. At the Forum, iBIO will be presented with a $10,000 donation check to support the educational work for girls outlined above.

“iBIO and CPhI North America share many of the same values, creating a hub for talent to blossom in the biopharma and biomanufacturing fields, and promoting equal opportunities and education,” added John Conrad, president and CEO of iBIO. “We’re excited that Illinois, home to the second highest concentration of biopharma companies in the United States outside of the Philadelphia/New York/New Jersey triangle, is hosting this year’s event. We’re delighted that CPhI is lending support to our STEM programs, and we’re focused on making sure that our community knows about this conference and that they take advantage of the discounted offer, are attending the events and maximizing their networking opportunities. Our role an industry host is to act as a conduit of that information for them, and for visiting companies, as well.”

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About iBIO

The Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization (iBIO) is a life sciences industry association that represents the 85,000 life sciences employees at member companies, universities, service providers and venture firms. iBIO promotes the industry’s value to the public and policymakers; connects innovators to investment and talent; stimulates collaboration and fosters the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs to transform patient lives through groundbreaking research and works to grow the Illinois economy. For more information, please visit     

About CPhI

CPhI drives growth and innovation at every step of the global pharmaceutical supply chain from drug discovery to finished dosage. Through exhibitions, conferences and online communities, CPhI brings together more than 100,000 pharmaceutical professionals each year to network, identify business opportunities and expand the global market. CPhI hosts events across Europe, Asia and, now, North America and co-locates with iCSE for contract services, P-MEC for machinery, equipment & technology, InnoPack for pharmaceutical packaging and Bioprocessing for biopharma. CPhI provides an online buyer & supplier directory at For more information, please visit

CPhI is organized by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organizer in the world. To learn more and for the latest news and information, visit and

About UBM Americas

UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc, delivers events and marketing services in the fashion technology, licensing, advanced manufacturing, automotive and powersports, healthcare, veterinary and pharmaceutical industries, among others. Through a range of aligned interactive environments, both physical and digital, UBM Americas increases business effectiveness for customers and audiences through meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. The division also includes UBM Brazil's market leading events in construction, cargo transportation, logistics & international trade, and agricultural production; and UBM Mexico's, construction, advanced manufacturing and hospitality services shows. For more information, please visit

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