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DRI and Renown Health to exhibit in Nevada Pavilion at BIO International Convention in San Francisco

RENO – Scientists from DRI’s Applied Innovation Center (AIC) today announced that they will be exhibiting alongside Renown Health doctors and community advocates next month at the 2016 BIO International Convention in San Francisco.


As part of the Nevada State Pavilion, hosted by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), DRI faculty and Renown Health leadership will join more than 15,000 attendees and over 3,100 companies from around the world for the biotechnology and pharma industry’s largest innovation, education, and business partnership convention.

Leveraging the AIC’s expertise in large-scale data analysis, DRI scientists are working with Renown doctors and staff to help the largest, locally owned not-for-profit healthcare network in Northern Nevada improve patient outcomes and create innovative solutions that extend from individual and family health, to community safety and governance, to the improved economic vitality of a healthy regional workforce.

AICRenownSupported by the Nevada’s Knowledge Fund, the AIC is pioneering new approaches to population health dynamics and data driven health science solutions that will elevate the health, longevity, prosperity and productivity of people across the state.

AIC participants will include:

  • Joseph Grzymski, Ph.D., AIC Senior Director and associate research professor of computational biology and microbiology; 
  • Brian Speicher, AIC Business Development Leader; 
  • Jim Metcalf, AIC Population Health Sciences Leader and associate research scientist; 
  • Justin Broglio, DRI Communications Officer.

Renown Health participants will include:

  • Christos Galanopoulos, MD, MS, FACS, Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Renown Institute for Cancer;
  • Wendy Damonte, Vice President of Advocacy and Community Partnership;
  • Michele Henderson, Administrative Director Office of Research and Education.

For more information about the DRI Applied Innovation Center or Renown Health and to schedule interviews prior to or during the 2016 BIO International Convention please contact Justin Broglio.


The Applied Innovation Center aims to aid and improve the new, knowledge-based economy in Nevada by integrating DRI’s core areas of expertise in hydrologic, atmospheric, earth and ecosystem sciences with data analysis and informatics, visualization, modeling and simulation.

DRI, the nonprofit research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education, is a world leader in environmental sciences through the application of knowledge and technologies to improve people’s lives throughout Nevada and the world. For more information about DRI please visit

Renown Health is a locally governed and locally owned, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is one of the region’s largest private employers with a workforce of more than 6,000. It comprises three acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, skilled nursing, the area’s most comprehensive medical group and urgent care network, and the region’s largest and only locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health. Renown has a long tradition of being the first in the region to successfully perform leading-edge medical procedures. For more information, visit

Media Contact:

Justin Broglio
Communications Officer, Desert Research Institute
Ph: (775) 673-7610
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