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Monday, June 27, 2011

 1:42 PM 

BIO 2011 is busy time for Wisconsin firms, researchers looking for business connections

Tony Pharo plans to hit the ground running at BIO 2011, the huge biotech confab that starts in Washington, D.C. today.

Pharo, director of business development for Madison-based Scarab Genomics, says he’ll probably be in non-stop meetings until the event ends on June 30.

The conference is the world’s largest for the biotech sector, covering medical, agricultural and environmental biotechnology sectors with a theme of healing, fueling and feeding the world.

“Some days I won’t have time for lunch and the meetings will go into the night,” said Pharo, who has been to BIO gatherings for the past five years, including two for Epicentre, where he worked before joining Scarab.

He’s one of more than 50 Wisconsinites who will be attending the event, which is expected to draw 20,000 people from around the globe. The Badger state effort, which includes private companies, WARF, the UW-Madison and other organizations, is being coordinated by the Wisconsin Technology Council.

Research centers such as the Marshfield Clinic will send representatives to the gathering.

Marsha Barwick, assistant director of the clinic’s Applied Sciences division, said she hopes to meet with companies and individuals that have an interest in collaborating on projects relating to life sciences “and interacting with our physicians and staff in ways that will continue to enhance human health care.”

“Through BIO 2011, Marshfield Clinic seeks collaborative opportunities to assess cutting-edge technologies for enhanced patient care through areas of genetics, biomedical informatics and clinical research,” she added.

See more in a WisBusiness preview of the conference

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