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Bio Technology : July 2009
AusBioINTERNATIONAL BIO: world’s largest biotech convention held in Atlanta The 2009 BIO International Convention, which was held in Atlanta, drew more than 14,300 industry leaders to discuss and share the latest developments and most pressing issues facing the biotech industry. The convention featured 14,040 partnering meetings, in addition to 190 company presentations. Again the convention proved itself to be a truly global event for biotechnology with many international and regional pavilions, and a 230-member Australian delegation from more than 100 companies in attendance. The convention ran from Monday 18 May through to Thursday 21 May at the Georgia World Congress Centre. The Australian Pavilion was extremely well placed and the traffic flow was exceptional, a fact noted by the exhibiting companies and the governments of Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, and New South Wales, who managed the reception desk in conjunction with AusBiotech and Austrade. Attendees and exhibitors alike spoke highly of the quality interactions and valuable business contacts. Despite the slightly lower number of delegates at the convention this year, preliminary reporting from the exhibiting companies on the Australia pavilion indicate potential business outcomes from leads and deals as a result of attendance at BIO is in excess of A$91m. 46 Australasian BioTechnology Volume 19 • Number 2 • July 2009 “Once again, the ‘One Australia’ approach to the pavilion proved itself a powerful attraction for the global industry to the Australian exhibition. All members of CMAB should be congratulated for their co-operative efforts which bring together all Australian Governments with the resources of industry under the Brand Australia banner,” said Anna Lavelle, CEO AusBiotech. Planning has already begun for 2010 Bio International Convention, scheduled for May 3—6 at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois. Illinois is home to a growing number of biotech start-ups, in addition to some of the world’s largest biotech-oriented agricultural, pharmaceutical and industrial companies, the greater Chicago area is a growing hub for the industry. The state of Illinois has more than 170 pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, diagnostic, agricultural biotech and biofuels companies, as well as an established and unparalleled concentration of hundreds of world-class academic, government and non-profit research institutions with exceptional support resources. It’s not too early to begin thinking about exhibiting and planning a panel session for BIO 2010. To register your interest in exhibiting on the Australian pavilion, please contact Shevaun Duncan at AusBiotech: sduncan@ ausbiotech.org.