By The Lane Report
CHICAGO (May 2, 2013) — Kentucky made its 13th appearance April 22-25 at the 2013 International Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Convention at Chicago’s McCormick Place. This year’s conference had a record number of partnering meetings and panel sessions on the latest science, policy issues and business opportunities and challenges facing the biotechnology industry.
The Kentucky Pavilion, prominently displayed in the BIO Convention exhibit hall, featured representatives from the state’s research universities, biotech companies and economic development entities, as well as state and local governments. The pavilion was remodeled to provide more meeting space and to showcase research universities.
The event attracts approximately 4,000 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations from 62 countries.
“Our convention provides biotech leaders with opportunities to showcase our industry’s promise to offer real solutions to the most pressing global challenges such as curing disease, reducing health care costs, combating hunger, discovering alternative forms of energy and creating high-wage jobs,” said Jim Greenwood, BIO president and CEO.
The BIO Convention program featured more than 125 breakout sessions across 17 tracks. Exhibitor partnering hosted 5,400 meetings, a 25-percent increase over 2012.
The BIO Business Forum hosted a record-breaking 25,573 scheduled partnering meetings between 2,800 companies and featured 167 company presentations, including the Rare Disease Partnering Summit featuring presentations by pediatric institutions.
The 2014 BIO Convention will be conducted June 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.