The 2012 BIO International Convention

The 2012 BIO International Convention, the global event for biotechnology, wrapped up on June 21 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Mass., hosting a record number of partnering meetings and highlighting a broad array of top-level speakers addressing critical global challenges and the top issues in biotechnology.  Hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) the event drew 16,505 industry leaders from 49 states and 65 countries.

The Montana BioScience Alliance sponsored a booth in the 180,550 square feet BIO Exhibition hall.  The BIO Exhibition included 34 country and 26 state pavilions.  Lots of great contacts were made and we once again held a raffle for a custom made Fly Rod which drew attention to the booth and to the biotech industry in Montana.

In advance of the convention, Sharon Peterson and Robert Bargatze attended the meetings of the Council of State Bioscience Association, including a reception at Fenway Park.   They were joined in the booth by Anne Marie Quinn, Montana Molecular, Sky Patton and Heather DeShano, BioScience Laboratories, Don Zinn, Microbion, and Atellio Baldassi,  Montana Vaccine Project.

Special thanks go to the Governor’s office of economic development for sponsoring the booth and to the many organizations that sent materials for display.  It’s important for Montana to participate in the BIO International Convention as it is the world’s largest event for the biotechnology industry.  Next year’s event will be held April 22-25 in Chicago, Illinois at McCormick Place.   We are hoping for even more Montana participation.