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Monday, May 03, 2010

 4:51 PM 

Wisconsin, Minnesota ramp up partnership at BIO

CHICAGO -- Wisconsin and Minnesota -- two states that are already forging better ways to coordinate bio science research, development and capital investment -- are joining forces at this year's BIO International to coordinate and enhance their outreach to the world's bio science industry.

Wisconsin and Minnesota are sharing side-by-side pavilions this year on the floor of the enormous McCormick Place convention center, and jointly hosting a number of networking events, including: a luncheon for industry sponsors at a popular downtown Chicago restaurant today; a Wisconsin-Minnesota-Manitoba "Connecting the Corridors'' reception for bio science industry leaders tonight on Navy Pier; and a "Two-State Tailgate'' reception late Tuesday on the convention center floor.

"There is an enormous amount we can achieve together through cooperation,'' said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. "When we need to compete, we'll compete. But it makes little sense to compete when we don't have to.''

"What we're doing here at BIO is creating more and more pathways for cooperation with Minnesota,'' said Mark Bugher, chairman of the Wisconsin Technology Council board of directors and the head of University Research Park in Madison. "Minnesota has a lot to offer us -- and we have a lot to offer Minnesota.''

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