The 15th annual BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology was held July 16 – 19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The BIO World Congress is the largest industrial biotechnology conference in the world, and this year’s event had a significant international presence with 44 percent of attendees coming from outside the United States. Additionally, more than 100 new companies and Associations were in attendance and among those attending, for the first time, was the Bioscience Association of North Dakota.
The three days of BIO World Congress programming included over 70 programming sessions, featuring 28 breakout sessions across seven tracks, more than 20 poster presentations, 10 Greentech Investor Sessions and four sponsored workshops. The conference also offered a new efficient element of the program featuring 60 company and technical presentations.
The conference also hosted large delegations from the United Kingdom, Thailand and Holland. Also present was a delegation from Queensland, Australia led by the Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, the Honorable Cameron Dick.
Featured above are three separate booths from three separate countries. The first picture is of a booth touting the advantages of developing your BioTech Company in the United Kingdom (better known as England”). The Second picture is of a booth showing the advantages of developing your BioTech Company in Thailand. The Third picture is of a booth showing the advantages of moving your BioTech Company to Holland. All three of these countries were there to display the advances that they have made in the Bio Tech world and to try and “lure” companies to move their industries to their respective countries.
Director Glynn was able to meet One-on- One with approximately 20 companies while he attended the conference. He took with him materials about Dr. Nikel Patel’s company, Singularity Energy Technologies, and was able to visit with two companies that since then have been in contact with Dr. Pahtel. While it was an interesting conference, and Director Glynn was able to make an additional 30 contacts at the conference, the conference, itself, as a whole, was not as productive as the Bio International Convention in Boston.
BioND is diligently working for the development of bio companies in North Dakota.