Monday, May 03, 2010
CHICAGO -- Under the theme of "Heal, Fuel, Feed," the 2010 BIO International Convention got under way Monday at Chicago's McCormick Place, where the Wisconsin pavilion will be among the 48 states and 60 nations represented.
Some 15,000 convention attendees will choose from 124 breakout sessions in 17 tracks, with topics ranging from discussions of research and development progress to regulatory issues to the business of biotechnology across its major sectors. About 70 percent of those attending the convention are senior leaders in industry, academia and government.
Monday's themes are global health, climate change, intellectual property and annual reports on the state of the industry, including the biennial Battelle report that examines progress on a state-by-state basis.
The Wisconsin delegation will include more than 125 representatives, including those from 51 sponsoring organizations for the pavilion and affiliated events. Wisconsin events Monday will include a luncheon with the Minnesota delegation at Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse, 33 W. Kinzie St., and an evening "Connecting the Corridors" reception with Minnesota, the Province of Manitoba and other invited guests at the Crystal Gardens on Navy Pier.
Founded in 1993, the Biotechnology Industry Organization has about 1,200 members. About 90 percent of its corporate members have revenues under $25 million per year.