The keys to success in the crowded field of biotech include hard work, persistence — and finding the right connections and partnerships to help your company grow. For those seeking a leg up on the networking side of the equation, save the date for Hamilton-based biotechnology trade group BioNJ’s 11th annual BioPartnering Conference, scheduled to be held virtually on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 18 and 19. Applications are open from now through Friday, March 19, for companies and early-stage startups seeking to present their research and innovations at the conference.

Presentations at the conference will be divided into two categories: 10-minute slots will be allotted to companies with a U.S. presence that are privately held and have already secured Series A funding or are seeking more than $5 million in Series A funding; or micro to mid-cap publicly held companies. The companies must be “directly impacting life sciences innovation” in the fields of devices, diagnostics, digital medicine/medtech technologies, health IT (artificial intelligence, big data, bioinformatics, machine learning), research and development discovery and enabling technologies, or therapeutics.

Start-up companies in the same fields that have not yet received funding and are seeking up to $5 million in Series A funding are eligible for two-minute pitch presentation slots.

Registration for the conference is $295 for BioNJ members or $425 for future members. There is no additional cost to be a presenter at the conference. For more information or to apply, visit