Gov. Deval Patrick (Mass.) and Former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.) chatted about everything from the high cost of prescription drugs and health care to biofuels.

The Regenerative Medicine session on Cell De-Differentiation addressed this issue with some hard science.

It is good to be in San Diego and be meeting many colleagues and friends I haven't seen since the last BIO.  This conference really does manage to draw people and enable them to connect. Went to a great seminar this morning titled "Do you have a clue what big pharma is looking for?"  The answer was I thought very encouraging for early stage biotech companies which are obtaining higher valuations and able to do deals in many cases with only pre-clinical data.  Some of the challenges that were identified included;

The BIO International Convention is in San Diego this week so it seemed like a good time for BIO's President and CEO, Jim Greenwood to sit down with the the San Diego Union Tribune and share the industry perspective with San Diego's business community. Read the article

What's happening with IP at the BIO International Convention.  Checkout the latest podcast on BIOtech Now.

Read this compelling story to understand some of the bioethical concerns biotechnology companies face in the modern world.

Join us as we talk with Dr. Alan Jarvis, vice president for corporate development at Sanofi Pasteur about the importance of partnering at the BIO International Convention.  Dr. Jarvis tells BIOtech Now what his company looks for in a partner.  And why partnering meetings at the BIO International Convention are a must. Download and listen to the podcast

Among several key themes emerging from yesterdays’s Leadership Summit on Biofuels and Cleantech at the 2008 BIO International Convention, two stood above the rest:

WHAT: The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) will present Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick with its Governor of the Year award in recognition of his leadership and support of the biosciences industry.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 17, 2008, at 11:45 a.m. PDT
WHERE: BIO 2008 International Convention San Diego Convention Center Upper Level, Ballroom 20

WHAT: A comprehensive state-by-state analysis of bioscience initiatives in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The report uses the most current and comparable annual data available to present national, state and metropolitan bioscience employment and growth trends. The report also examines other indicators of a state’s bioscience industry including R&D funding, venture capital investment, and patents.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 2 p.m. PDT

During your stay in San Diego tune to the following channel to view show highlights and featured sponsors on the BIO hotel broadcast that will be aired June 15th through the 20th.

This paper is an overview of a variety of ways that have been suggested to encourage innovation/research and development for diseases that are endemic to the developing world but not the developed world.

Technology has permeated all aspects of BIO2008, one of the coolest additions is the myBIO mobile addition, this offering may come in handy (pun intended) for all of you Blackberry and iPhone addicts. The value proposition is multifold, in the palm of your hand one may simply: