Wednesday, 24 June 2015
By Kimberly Merkel
The City of Brotherly Love, hosted the BIO International Convention during the third week of June this year. Boasting a thriving regional bio and pharma hub and being named one of the top three travel destinations in a recent New York Times article, Philadelphia proved to be the perfect host city for this event.
The BIO International Convention is the industry’s largest gathering, offering networking and partnering among peers and business leaders. The convention attracts the industry’s elite from across the globe. With more than 15,000 attendees, 2,500 CEO’s, 28,000 partnering meetings, 1,700 exhibitors and a variety of innovative educational sessions, attendees have the opportunity to share knowledge, expand business opportunities and find partners for scientific ventures. Top-thought leaders provide insights on issues critical to the industry and offer information and analysis vital to both businesses and locations working to advance biotechnology in their areas.
Keynote speakers included: journalistic icon, Tom Brokaw, Dr. Eric Topol, author and Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and Wynton Marsalis, internationally acclaimed musician, composer, educator and a leading advocate of American culture.
Expansion Solutions Magazine's objective for the conference was to connect expanding businesses with communities ripe for supporting companies in the biotech/pharma industries. As more advancements are made and science continues to make new discoveries, there are greater opportunities for ideas to go to market. We met with new companies who are just starting out, with incredible potential for growth. We spoke with medium and large businesses who are growing at such a fast pace and to expand to new locations to keep up with demand. We talked with foreign companies who need to establish a footprint in the United States and with large, global companies who are constantly on the move. It is a very exciting time to be a part of a booming industry which produces life-changing scientific discoveries with the goal of delivering a better quality of life to all of us.
We’ll be attending many different industry conferences as we move through the remainder of our 2015 conference schedule. We will approach each conference with the same goals in mind, bringing business and communities together. For those locations who are already a member of the Expansion Solutions family, be on the lookout for more information to come. As for the others, we hope to include your area in our future efforts.