BIO’s Daryl Pritchard on the Group Room

BIO’s Daryl Pritchard talks about oncology and personalized medicine at the BIO Internation Convention.

The Group Room, a cancer talk radio show.

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  • Philippe Bishop, MD
    Vice President, Clinical Development, Oncology, Genentech BioOncology
  • Daryl E. Pritchard, PhD
    Director, Research Programs Advocacy, Biotechnology Industry Organization
  • Susan Samson, MA, MPH
    Research Advocate/Policy Strategist, Science Advocacy, UCSF Breast SPORE Advocacy Core

2008 BIO comes to a close

Well, as the BIO 2008 International Convention draws to a close we can say that this has been one of the best shows ever. We ended up with 20,108 industry leaders from 70 different countries and 48 states.

The full Convention program included four full days with 175 breakout sessions, 21 educational tracks, more than 1,000 speakers, three keynote sessions, six Super Sessions and three CEO Forum sessions.

And that wasn’t all, more than 6,000 business leaders met at the convention and participated in the Business Forum. More than 14,500 one-on-one partnering meetings were held – a new record – and a total of 1,500 companies participated in the Business Forum.

Then, as you read here on Bio On The Road, The all-star keynote line up included Gen. Colin L. Powell, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), and J. Craig Venter, PhD. In addition, Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA); Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) discussed healthcare in an election year with moderator Neil Cavuto, Anchor & Managing Editor of Fox News Channel.

In addition, many high-profile VIPs attended the Convention with 10 governors and numerous international public officials, including The Hon. Lino Baranao, Minister of Science, Technology & Production Innovation, Argentina; Sen The Hon. Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science & Research, Australia; The Honourable Dr. Ewa Bjorling, Minister for Trade, Sweden, among many others.

The convention featured the largest gathering of biotech exhibitors in history, with more than 2,100 companies, 126 of which were new, and more than 208,000 sq. feet of exhibition space, the largest ever at the convention. The exhibition included more than 60 domestic, country and regional pavilions representing every aspect of the biotechnology industry.

For more information, you can read the full press release here.

To summarize, we hope you had a great time, learned a lot, and found it to be a productive environment. And most important of all, we hope to see you in Atlanta in 2009.

All the best, The BIO Team.


Gov Patrick Will Be Coming to BIO Just Having Signed Ground-Breaking Legislation

As many of you know Gov. Patrick is to be honored as BIO’s Governor of the year in a few days.  Well today, he showed us why by signing the Massachusetts Life Sciences Law.  

The 10-year $1 billion investment package is the result of a year-long collaboration between the Governor, the Legislature, academia, life sciences industry leaders and patient advocacy groups.

It was last year in Boston at BIO that Governor Patrick first took the stage with Senate President Murray and Speaker DiMasi to announce the $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative.

Congratuations Gov. Patrick and Massachusetts!

The Newsroom: Staying “in the know”

We are excited to announce that we have launched our spiffy new BIO 2008 convention newsroom. Using a “social media” approach, we combined newsfeeds from our “BIO on the Road” blog, as well as convention press releases, a convention blogroll, and links to all of our community outlets:

Be sure to get connected and join these communities, and check out our newsroom today!