On April 22-25, 2013, the yearly BIO International Convention was held in Chicago. This is the largest global event for the biotechnology industry, and it attracts research companies and service providers from all over the world. The BIO event provides an excellent arena for establishing new partnerships and collaborations, and the exhibition hall literally vibrates of knowledge, curiosity, internationalism, open-mindedness, and a tangible belief in the future.
Intellectual Property has become an increasingly important part of the biotech industry, and this is also reflected in the number of IP firms being represented at the BIO Convention. Several IP firms could be found among the exhibiting companies, and in addition to that, a huge number of IP professionals were included in the attendee list. So for us, the BIO means a great opportunity to expand our international network, and also to maintain established collaborations.
The BIO also offers a lot of social receptions, serving not only the chance to meet with a lot of strikingly nice people, but also to have a taste of exotic food, drinks, and cultures. One of this year’s favourites was undeniably the hula hula dancing to be experienced in the Hawaiian Pavilion.
Next year, the BIO is heading towards one of the world’s most influential biotech communities; San Diego, and we are already looking forward to meet with new and old friends in sunny California.