Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
Big Event for Wisconsin Bioscience
BIO 2007, the world's largest biotechnology conference, held May 6-9 in Boston, attracted a record 22,366 attendees from 48 states and 64 countries – and was a prime opportunity for Wisconsin to promote its bioscience capabilities.
Governor Jim Doyle led a 200-member Wisconsin delegation representing businesses, universities, and organizations affiliated with the state's growing life sciences industry – now comprised of more than 300 companies achieving over $7 billion in annual revenues, and nearly $800 million in university R&D activities.
Department of Commerce Secretary Burke officially opened the 1,600-square-foot Wisconsin pavilion and launched its Bio Theatre where 18 Wisconsin companies made live presentations announcing discoveries and new products. Other Wisconsin companies used the event to seek strategic partnerships, find investment, and identify key service providers and suppliers.
Event highlights included:
Commerce was a lead sponsor among the 60 organizations that funded Wisconsin's presence at BIO 2007. Forward Wisconsin took the lead organizing Wisconsin's pavilion. Commerce's Mary Regel, Christine Stamm, Brad Schneider, and Cheryl Gain were members of the BIO 2007 steering committee.
-- Stanley Pfrang
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