Our experience at BIO 2016 and USA tour
We were delighted to be present at past BIO conference in San Francisco (Moscone Center), from 6th to 9th of June, with a booth in the Spanish pavillion. Our presence was due to the incorporation of QUIBIM in the ICEX next program, the Spanish program that assists SME’s in their internationalization.
I can now confirm that the meeting covered my expectations and I agree with the definition in their website: The BIO International Convention (BIO) attracts over 15,000 biotechnology and pharma leaders who come together for one week of intensive networking to discover new opportunities and promising partnerships. This event covers a wide spectrum of life science and application areas including drug discovery, biomanufacturing, genomics, biofuels, nanotechnology and cell therapy.
The attendees were also variate:
- One-third of BIO attendees come from outside the U.S.
- 2,500+ CEO’s from leading biotech companies
- More than 70% of attendees are either Managers, Directors, C-Level or Executive Management.
- All company sizes: 33% of attendees are from companies with more than 500 employees and 40% are from companies with fewer than 50 employees.
Our first event in the congress was the session “Spain Kicks off 2016 BIO International Convention” in a charming venue: The Ferry Building. A session were we were able to learn from leading experts on how to select the appropriate path, develop and execute our strategy successfully, as well as best practices and what we need to understand in any approach. High level executives from TTS Global Initiative, Breakout Labs, CytomX, Geron, IRB Barcelona, pH Pharma, Roche, Stanford University and the Thiel Foundation participated in the panel.
In the BIO convention, we had a total of 23 one-to-one partnering meetings organised. The meetings were very well organised and distributed and having the possibility of discussing 30 minutes with potential customers, providers or investors to explore further ways of collaboration justifies our presence in the congress. New business opportunities that are now being executed arose.
After BIO convention, we decided to spend a pair of days at Case Western Reserve Medical Center in Cleveland, visiting Dr. Pablo Ros, member of our advisory board and Chairman at the Department of Radiology in UH Case Medical Center. The purpose of the visit was to discover the biomedical engineering department and the projects that are being performed. Among the short meetings I shared with senior reserchers, I must highlight the meeting with Dr. Mark Griswold, the promoter of the MRI fingerprinting technique.
In summary, we will probably repeat our attendance at BIO conference due to the success of networking.