It’s a wrap. Take aways from BIO2013

BIO2013, the 20th BIO International Convention, is one for the history books now. Let’s take a look at what was the talk of the town in Chicago.
The 2013 BIO International Convention, the global event for biotechnology, wrapped up today at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. with a record number of partnering meetings and panel sessions on the latest science, policy issues and business opportunities and challenges facing the biotechnology industry. Hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the event drew 13,594 industry leaders from 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and 62 countries.

The Convention program featured more than 125 breakout sessions across 17 tracks, which included Achieving Regulatory Approval and Compliance,  Biofuels and Biobased Chemicals, Biotech Patenting and Technology Transfer, Business Development, Finance, Food and Agriculture.

The BIO Exhibition featured more than 1,722 exhibitors and covered  180,000 square feet with 60 state and international pavilions. In its  second year, Exhibitor partnering hosted 5,400 meetings, a 25 percent  increase over 2012.

Arizona’s Pavilion was “Out of this world.”

Watch the video from NBC 5 Chicago.

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Biotechnology Industry Organization announced the election of Rachel King, President and CEO, GlycoMimetics, Inc, as the new Chair of its Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 term, and the election of David Pyott, Chairman, President, & CEO, Allergan, Inc., as its new Board Secretary. BIO also is pleased to announce the re-election of Mark Skaletsky, Chairman & CEO, Fenway Pharmaceuticals, Inc., as Board Treasurer, and the election of 19 Directors to serve on BIO’s Board Executive Committee for the new term.  In addition, BIO welcomes the election of eight new members to its Board of Directors, voted upon at this year’s 2013 BIO International Convention. (Read More)

Ten U.S. Governors attended this year’s event: Iowa Governor Branstad, Illinois Governor Quinn, Indiana Governor Pence, Kentucky Governor Beshear, Missouri Governor Nixon, North Carolina Governor McCrory,  Pennsylvania Governor Corbett, South Dakota Governor Daugaard, Texas Governor Perry and Wisconsin Governor Walker.

Value and Collaboration

Innovation will always be measured by the ultimate value it creates.  Making that happen is anchored in collaborations with patient advocacy groups, regulators and most of all… each other.

Relax, Regroup and Repeat

Arizona’s efforts at BIO2013 resulted meetings with Venture Funds, Strategic Investors and Partners, Biotech Hubs in the U.S. and around the world, and presentations by AZBio Members on the show floor, in the Buzz of Bio, and with local media.

Now the team will focus on following up on these meetings and getting to work on what we will do and who will represent Arizona at BIO2014 in San Diego – June 23- 26, 2014.

Many Thanks

Connecting our community to the world takes a team.  Many thanks to all of our Arizona Team for their work on and at BIO 2013.

Special thanks go to the team at the Arizona Commerce Authority for once again organizing and hosting the Arizona Pavilion at BIO 2013 and to the team at the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) at the University of Arizona for bringing the Lunar Greenhouse to Chicago and helping to tell our story!

Bio2013 Partners


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