Baltimore is celebrating the life sciences industry next month -- or at least its wish to become a major center for biotechnology and high-tech companies -- with a steady stream of seminars, groundbreakings and tours.
The annual monthlong assembly, which began in 1990 as a coincidence of events rather than by design, will include sessions on creating international partnerships, transferring technology out of local universities, learning to apply entrepreneurship and attracting venture capital.
The effort started when the Greater Baltimore Committee held a dinner to get high-tech firms together with venture capitalists and academics.
While the committee has organized the event, a broad range of groups and institutions have planned seminars or gatherings that are expected to draw everyone from fifth-graders at George Street Elementary School to architects, venture capitalists and minority businessmen.
For entrepreneurs, there is a seminar sponsored by the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and the University of Maryland Baltimore County on how to start a growth company. For the chief of a small biotech company suffering from a lack of capital, there's advice on how to attract financing from a foreign partner.
For architects, lawyers and accountants, there are discussions on attracting business from these life science companies.
And for members of the public who want to understand what goes on at research hospitals, the University of Maryland at Baltimore and the new Veterans Hospital have tours from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 14.
The Johns Hopkins University is launching a Center for Biomedical Visualization, which pulls together experts in computers, radiology and surgery to develop new systems that use computers and imaging to help treat patients. On Columbus Day, there will be a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Christopher Columbus Center of Marine Research and Exploration at the Inner Harbor.
And the Bioprocessing Center, which is intended to help start-up companies, will make announcements about its partnership with a British pharmaceutical company.
High tech happenings
A series of events centering on the region's high technology future will be held during October. Call Lolita Jackson at 727-2820 at the Greater Baltimore Committee for additional information.
Monday, Oct. 5
* Greater Baltimore Committee high tech dinner, 5:30 to 9 p.m., $75 a person, Hyatt Regency
* The Walloon Region and Maryland: An international technology and business partnership between Maryland and Walloon, Belgium, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $35 a person, World Trade Center.
Tuesday, Oct. 6
* The New Technologies of Light: Research and Commercial Applications of Photonics, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., $35 a person, University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Thursday, Oct. 8
* Global Partnering for Emerging Biotechnology Companies, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $75-$90, Harrison's Pier 5, Inner Harbor.
Friday, Oct. 9
* CIM Fair -- Understanding and Using CIM, noon to 6 p.m., $50, Catonsville Community College.
Monday, Oct. 12
* Christopher Columbus Center of Marine Research and Exploration groundbreaking, 8 to 11 a.m., Piers 5 and 6, Inner Harbor.
Tuesday, Oct. 13
* Legal and accounting issues of biotech and high-tech companies, 8:30 a.m. to noon, $50 a person, Semmes, Bowen and Semmes offices.
* Minority Business: Growth opportunities in technology and life sciences, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., $75 a person, Morgan State University.
* Entrepreneurship: Starting and managing a growth company, 6 to 9 p.m., first in a series, $120, University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Wednesday, Oct. 14
* Key issues in planning, design and operation of life science facilities, 8:30 a.m. to noon, $15 a person, Berman Auditorium, JHU downtown center.
Thursday, Oct. 15
* Tech Transfer: The newest game in town. Maryland Biotechnology Institute, 8:30 a.m. to noon, $20 a person, Center of Marine Biotechnology Auditorium.
* Federal Labs: Opportunities for technology transfer, noon to 2:30 p.m., $25, by invitation only, University of Baltimore.
* Maryland Bioprocessing Center kickoff, 3 p.m., no charge, Hopkins Bayview Research Campus.
Friday, Oct. 16
* Technology Incubator Trade Show and Graduation, 4 to 8 p.m., no charge, Baltimore Museum of Industry.
Monday, Oct. 19
* Sixth Annual Greater Baltimore Committee Venture Capital Forum, 5:30 p.m., $25, Semmes, Bowen and Semmes.
Wednesday, Oct. 21
* Strategic Alliances, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland at Baltimore and industry, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., World Trade Center.
Monday, Oct. 26
* Raising Capital Through Private Placement, 1 to 5 p.m., $60, Hunt Valley College Center.
Friday, Oct. 30
* Doing Business with Goddard Space Flight Center, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., $50, University of Maryland Baltimore County.