* 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.: Registration Open * 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Minnesota/Wisconsin Delegation Luncheon – for all Wisconsin and Minnesota pavilion sponsors – Harry Caray’s Restaurant – 33 West Kinzie St. Chicago - Sponsored by Michael Best & Friedrich * 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Manitoba “Connecting the Corridors” Reception – Navy Pier
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
* 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Registration Open * 9:45 a.m. – 10 am: BIO Exhibition Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Sec. Aaron Olver – Wisconsin Pavilion #4107 * 9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.: BIO Exhibition Midwest Governors’ Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Governor Doyle * 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.: BIO Exhibition Open– Wisconsin Pavilion #4107* - Level 3 Exhibit Hall A * 4 p.m.: Press Event with Governor Doyle – Wisconsin pavilion * 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: BIO Exhibitor Hospitality Receptions – Two-State Tailgate!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
* 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Hessen Delegation Breakfast – “Chicago's First Lady” boat on the Chicago River/Riverside Gardens (invitation only) * 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Registration Open * 7:45 or 8 a.m.: Swiss Center Reception - Residence of the Consul General of Switzerland - Guest speaker: UW Madison Dr. Yoshi Kawaoka, Dept. of Pathobiological Sciences, UW (invitation only) * 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: BIO Exhibition Open– Wisconsin Pavilion #4107* Level 3 Exhibit Hall A * 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Wisconsin Alumni Association Bio Reception – Quarles & Brady Offices (invitation only) * 8 p.m. – ?: Neoclone, Michael Best & Friedrich, Grant Thornton reception – Sidebar Grill, 221 North LaSalle Street, Chicago
Thursday, May 6, 2010
* 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Registration Open * 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: BIO Exhibition Open– Wisconsin Pavilion #4107* Level 3 Exhibit Hall A
Wisconsin will increase its presence at this year’s international biotechnology convention – BIO 2010 – by nearly 70 percent over 2009.
Last year, when the gathering was held in Atlanta, only 31 Badger State companies and organizations made the trek to Georgia.
This year the location for the conference is Chicago and the number has jumped to 51, said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, which is coordinating the state’s effort for the first time.
“Part of it was the down economy last year, but the biotech industry appears to be bouncing back in a number of sectors,” said Still.
He said he anticipates that at least 125 Wisconsinites will attend the confab, which runs from Monday through Thursday at the Windy City’s McCormick Place Convention Center.
The state’s pavilion space has been downsized from 1,600 to 600 square feet, but Still said Wisconsin officials will be working closely with Minnesota, which is in a neighboring booth, other Midwestern states and the Canadian province of Manitoba.
Louise Bentley of Momentum West said her organization is going to Chicago for its first BIO convention to gain awareness and be seen.
“Our ultimate goal is to attract bio-related industries to our part of Wisconsin,” she said. “If we can make some connections that lead to getting companies to locate here, that would be great.”
Still said Gov. Jim Doyle also will attend BIO on Tuesday to meet with key people and hold a news conference.
“One of the things that we – and the governor – will stress is how our investor tax credit law is the best in the nation and that the new Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and the private Morgridge Institute for Research on the UW-Madison campus are unlike anything in the Midwest,” he said.
“Only the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT and the Clark Center at Stanford are like what we are developing in Madison,” he said. “We think we have something unique for the Heartland with the public research side at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and a focus on commercializing at Morgridge.”
With the PGA Championship returning to Wisconsin’s Whistling Straits in August, the world’s largest working sports association will team with the state’s life sciences community at the 2010 BIO International Convention in Chicago.
The PGA will have display space Tuesday, May 4 in the Wisconsin pavilion on the floor of the annual BIO convention, and its representatives will take part in several Wisconsin events on and off the convention floor.
The 92nd PGA Championship will be held at Kohler’s Whistling Straits, which Golf Digest has named one of “America’s 100 Greatest Courses.” The 86th PGA Championship, won by Vijay Singh, was also held at Whistling Straits in 2004.
“It’s an opportunity to show another side of Wisconsin to the world – and to make the connection between the recreational and cultural assets of Wisconsin and its thriving tech-based economy,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council.
The Tech Council is managing the Wisconsin pavilion in partnership with Forward Wisconsin and others. The Wisconsin Department of Commerce is working with the PGA as it prepares for the Aug 9-15 championship.
Among those who will represent the PGA Championship at BIO are Joe Steranka, CEO of the PGA of America; Barry Deach, the championship director; Steve Crowley, the event’s corporate hospitality sales manager; and Cindy O’Gorman of Kohler’s American Club.
The Wisconsin pavilion at the 2010 BIO International Convention in Chicago on May 3-6 will feature companies, institutions and economic development groups from across the state, an indication of the increasing diversity and reach of Wisconsin’s biotech economy.
Under the banner of Thrive, the regional economic development group for south-central Wisconsin, visitors to the pavilion on the floor of Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center will find Alliant Energy, Madison Gas & Electric Co., the city of Madison, the Fitchburg Technology Neighborhood and the city of Middleton Area Development Corp. The Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau is also attending.
Tech-based companies from the Madison region with presence in the pavilion are Anteco Pharma, DNASTAR, Exact Sciences, Gilson Inc., Intense Engineering, Promega, Scarab Genomics, Scientific Protein Laboratories and TRAC Microbiology.
Western Wisconsin will be represented through Momentum West, which covers 10 counties as well as educational institutions such as UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, UW-Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley Technical College – home to the NanoRite Innovation Center. About $10 million in academic research and development takes place each year at those UW campuses.
Central Wisconsin will be anchored by the Marshfield Clinic, one the nation’s leading private clinics, and the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce. The Marshfield Clinic conducts about $25 million in research annually in animal and human fields.
Milwaukee will be represented by the BloodCenter of Wisconsin (about $15 million per year), the UW-Milwaukee (about $35 million per year) and the UWM Foundation.
Companies from other parts of Wisconsin or which serve the entire state are Aberdean Consulting; Arnold & O’Sheridan; Ayurvedic-Life International; Hammel, Green and Abrahamson Inc. Architects; Hilton Madison Monona Terrace; Leinenkugel Brewing Co.; Luminis Group Ltd.; Makin’ Hey! Communications; Michael Best & Friedrich; Mortenson Construction; Perkins Coie and Quarles & Brady LLC. Some of these companies are also sponsors of affiliated events during the convention.
The UW-Madison is represented by a “family” that includes the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, the Office of Corporate Relations, University Research Park, UW Engineering Professional Development, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Department of International Studies, the School of Medicine, the Morgridge Institute for Research, the Waisman Center Clinical BioManufacturing Facility, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, WiCell Research Institute and Wisconsin BioEnergy Initiative.
The UW-Madison is one of the nation’s largest research institutions, with total R&D spending exceeding $940 million per year.
In addition, individuals from a number of other Wisconsin companies are attending the convention to take part in “bio-partnering” events, educational seminars and other activities designed to better prepare them to find business partners, global markets and investors.
Statewide organizations at BIO will include BioForward, the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, Forward Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Technology Council.
“This is the most diverse Wisconsin delegation to BIO in the history of the convention,” said Tom Still, president of the Tech Council, which is coordinating the pavilion and many other events. “It speaks to the continued growth of the state’s biotech economy, from basic research to tech transfer to company development.”
Up to 20,000 people from more than two-dozen states and 40 countries are expected to attend. The convention, the world’s largest for the biotech sector, was last held in Chicago in 2006.
Wisconsin’s 600-square-foot pavilion on the BIO exhibition floor is adjacent to the Minnesota pavilion and near other Midwest state pavilions. Several networking events will match companies and individuals from Wisconsin with counterparts in Minnesota, Illinois and the province of Manitoba.