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2009 BIO International Convention

2009 BIO International Convention

According to BIO President and CEO Jim C Greenwood, the 2009 BIO International Convention “brought together thousands of leaders from industry, government, academia and other disciplines who are working to solve some of society’s greatest challenges”.  The convention was held in Georgia, considered the gateway for the global life sciences industry for the region.
Industry leaders representing 1,800 companies participated in 14,040 one-on-one partnering meetings during the four-day event. Additionally, 190 companies presented as part of the Business Forum.  The Tuesday keynote featured Sir Elton John who spoke about the urgent need to develop improved treatments, delivery methods and a cure for HIV/AIDS. Wednesday’s health care policy keynote featured Sen. Thomas Daschle (D-S.D.); William Frist M.D., former Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; Gov. Howard Dean (D-Vt.); Mr. Karl Rove, former Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to former President George W. Bush; and, Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs. The panel discussed current biotechnology-related bills under consideration in the U.S. House and Senate, policy options to increase access to quality health care, the need for capital and investment in the biotech industry, and how to control costs within the health care system.
The BIO International Convention provided Puerto Rico and many other countries the opportunity to share innovations, challenges and opportunities. The colleague-to-colleague connections and the interactions made with public officials at the BIO Exhibition proved to be an invaluable experience. Puerto Rico delegation was lead by Mr. Javier Vázquez, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO). The delegation included representatives from the government, industry and academic sectors. The University of Puerto Rico was represented by Dr. Emma Fernández-Repollet, VP for Research and Technology.


The full Convention program featured more than 170 sessions in 22 breakout session tracks, including new tracks on drug delivery, global biotechnology issues, translational medicine and vaccines, among others. In addition, this year’s BIO Exhibition covered an estimated 176,000 net sq. ft. and hosted 1,827 exhibitors. The 2009 Convention ran Monday, May 18 through Thursday, May 21 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.

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