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Thu., Feb. 23, 2012, 2:19 p.m.

Tony Bonanzino is Friday’s presenter at LaunchPad networking event

Tony Bonanzino knows a few things about business.

He's the featured guest at Friday's LaunchPad INW event, an Entrepreneur and Small Business Community discussion starting at 11:30 a.m. at the LaunchPad location, 120 N. Stevens in downtown.

Bonanzino was one of the original group of investors who took over the operation of the Hollister Stier Laboratories in the 1990s after previous owner Bayer chose to close the operation.

He became CEO and guided the privately funded company into new areas of growth. Just this week the contract pharma unit of Hollister Stier -- now called HollisterStier Jubilant -- announced it's lined up $90 million in deals.   In 2007, Jubilant, an Indian life sciences company, purchased Hollister Stier.

He will also discuss the business he helped start with his son after he left the company. A networking follow-up will take place at Nectar Tasting Room.

Cost is $10 per person payable at the door. College students with valid ID and LaunchPad paid members attend for free.  RSVP to

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Tom Sowa
Tom Sowa covers technology, retail and economic development and writes the Office Hours blog.