Beginning with a pre-convention reception that will feature one of the nation’s leading biotech investors, Wisconsin attendees at the 2010 BIO International Convention in Chicago will have a number of opportunities to network with their counterparts from Minnesota and the Canadian province of Manitoba.
G. Steven Burrill, a Wisconsin native and founder of one of the nation’s leading life sciences investment firms, will speak at the “Connecting the Corridors” reception to be held Monday, May 3 in Chicago. Among Burrill’s latest projects is the Elk Run BioBusiness Center near Rochester, Minn.
Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin, Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger are invited to speak at the reception. Other guests will include investors, tech leaders from the host state of Illinois, and trade representatives of other nations with a stake in medical biotechnology, biofuels, bioproducts and other bio-related sectors.
The reception is one of several exchanges on and off the convention floor that will focus attention on bioscience development in the I-Q Corridor, which extends from Chicago through Wisconsin to the Twin Cities region in Minnesota. It connects with what Manitoba calls the “Mid-Continent Knowledge Corridor,” which spans Canada and the United States.
Manitoba, Minnesota and Wisconsin have signed protocols in recent years that focus on research, technology transfer and commercialization exchanges in the biosciences sector and beyond.