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 BIO International Convention 2013 - Chicago 

“Chicago has hosted two successful and exciting BIO International Conventions, in 2006 and 2010, and we are thrilled to bring the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry back to the windy city and the Midwest,” said Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, producer of the BIO International Convention. “The Convention showcases the biotechnology industry within the host city and region – Chicago and the Midwest are home to a vibrant and flourishing biotech hub, which set a strong example for the entire industry.” 


2013 BIO International Convention, Chicago, Illinois
McCormick Place

  • Took place Monday, April 22nd - Thursday, April 25th

  • This year the Missouri delegaion was very pleased to have Governor Jay Nixon attend BIO

MOBIO would like to thank all of our sponsors for their continued support and the Missouri Delegation in     attendance for another great convention.







Photos of Monsanto announcement and Governor's Breakfast



Monsanto’s big plans could have a big ripple effect on the region’s economy.

The agribusiness giant’s announcement April 23rd that it intends to hire 675 people and spend $400 million upgrading its Chesterfield research facility is the kind of thing, economic development experts say, will help cement St. Louis’ place as a global hub of plant science, while also trickling down to restaurants and stores in the Chesterfield Valley.

For a decade, the region has been working to build up its food science business, touting the resources at Monsanto and other area companies, and research from Washington University.

St. Louis has come a long way, said Kelly Gillespie, president of Missouri Biotechnology Association. But this sort of splash from an industry icon is a big vote of confidence.

“It’s huge,” Gillespie said, and he notes that the research Monsanto will be conducting here, into biologics and data-driven farming technology, is in a sweet spot for the industry right now. “The science they’re working on is second-generation-plus.”

That will help attract world-class talent to St. Louis, said Joe Reagan, president of the St. Louis Regional Chamber. The Chamber is launching a push to bolster the skills of the region’s workforce, and projects such as this one will help to bring in, and train, top-notch workers up and down the spectrum.




              Dave Alburty and Kelly Gillespie Interview

2012 BIO International Convention, Boston, MA
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

  • Took place Monday, June 18th - Thursday, June 21st

  • This year Missouri partnered with Saskatoon BioSciences to provide an additional opportunity to strengthen our existing relationships with Canada.

  • The Missouri pavilion reception was held at the Missouri booth, enjoying a great turnout of the Missouri Delegation and BIO attendees. 

MOBIO would like to thank all of our sponsors for their continued support and the Missouri Delegation in     attendance for another great convention.

The 2012 BIO International Convention wrapped up at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, MA with a record number of partnering meetings, increased international attendance and participation, and panel sessions on the latest scientific, policy and business opportunities and challenges facing the biotechnology industry. The event drew 16,505 industry leaders from 49 states and 65 countries.



The BIO Business Forum hosted a record breaking 25,291 partnering meetings (up from 21,183 in 2011) between 2,900 companies and featured 190 company presentations. The BIO Business Forum Partnering Report indicated that there is high demand for Phase III assets as well as immunology and respiratory therapeutic areas compared to 2011.  In addition, CNS, the therapeutic area with highest interest in 2011, only drew an average level of interest in 2012. 




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