Local tech leaders speaking today at IU

A pair of local high-tech heavyweights are scheduled to speak today at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Bob Laikin, CEO of Plainfield-based wireless device distributor Brightpoint Inc., will visit the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Bloomington as a distinguished entrepreneur-in-residence. Laikin will speak at a faculty lunch, then spend the afternoon visiting three MBA classrooms for Q&A sessions.

According to Brightpoint spokesman Anurag Gupta, Laikin plans to talk about the ups and downs of entrepreneurship by telling Brightpoint’s story.

The fast-growing company was founded in 1989 and went public in 1994, but shrank substantially in the aftermath of the late ’90s dot com bubble. In recent years, Brightpoint recovered and last year acquired its largest rival, Denmark-based Dangaard Telecom.

This evening in Indianapolis, Ping Poulsen, CEO of Safis Solutions LLC, will speak at the IU Kelley School of Business course called “The Business of Life Sciences: Global Events and Trends Impacting Life Sciences Industries.”

Safis provides regulatory compliance consulting for pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech firms. Poulsen will speak about domestic government regulation and its use as a trade barrier, focusing on the path for drug and device approval, regulatory inspection and compliance and global quality standards.

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