On November 7, 2012, 55 people attended the first-ever VBSA Forum. The event started with an informal trade show featuring 12 booths representing companies and organizations from Vermont, or doing business in Vermont. A panel discussion featuring 4 leaders in the Vermont bioscience community followed. The topic was “The Future of Biosciences in Vermont”. John Evans from the University opened the discussion, followed by Briar Alpert of BioTek Instruments, Michael Stanley of Chroma Technology Corp., and Rick Jenny of Haematological Technologies. Topics covered included the efforts by UVM to support and commercialize promising scientific developments, the role of company culture in promoting commercial success, the challenges of balancing product specialization for large clients and having a diversified offering to attract new ones. There was also some discussion as panelists addressed questions from the audience. The group then adjourned to the mezzanine for snacks, drinks, and socializing. It was a fun evening, with many familiar faces, plus a few new ones.