Due to an unexpected level of interest, only a handful of waivers remain for the 2019 MidWest Drug Development Conference.

Cost of the two-day event is $500 per ticket, but a limited number of registration fees will be waived entirely for those who represent pharmaceutical and biotech companies and investment groups.

Contact conference organizers to learn how to receive one of the few remaining waiver codes.

The event will feature new therapeutics under development at each of the 17 participating institutions. Participants from 12 states will highlight about 50 therapeutics during short, 10-minute presentations. Another key feature of the conference are the opportunities for one-on-one partnering meetings.

The conference begins on Monday, Sept. 30, and concludes the following day, Tuesday, Oct. 1. The Capital District Marriott in downtown Omaha will host with a special, discounted room rate for guests who register before Aug. 30. A link to the discounted room rate can be found on the conference website.

Included among the participants are such notable medical research institutions as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Kansas State University, Mayo Clinic, Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Kentucky, University of Missouri, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma, University of South Dakota, University of Toledo and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation or WARF.

According to the most recent data available, 2019’s participating institutions collectively spent more than $6.6 billion in research, created 2,764 new inventions, secured 745 new U.S. patents, and launched 117 new startups in 2017 alone, according to the Association of University Technology Managers.

At the inaugural conference last year, 113 people attended the conference, including representatives from 24 companies and investment groups. Attendees also scheduled about 146 one-on-one partnering meetings over the two-day conference.