BIO Announces Governor Jon Huntsman as Keynote Speaker for the BIO Convention in China

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Washington, D.C. (April 19, 2012) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization(BIO) is pleased to announce that Governor Jon Huntsman, former U.S.  Ambassador to China and Governor of Utah, will provide a keynote address at the BIO Convention in China to be held October 24-25, 2012 in Shanghai. The event will bring together a global audience of biotechnology executives, pharmaceutical companies and investment firms to meet and explore business opportunities within China’s emerging biotech sector.
 
“Governor Huntsman’s vast experience with international policy and business, specifically in China, will allow him to provide a unique perspective on best practices in business development between eastern and western companies,” said Alan Eisenberg, executive vice president of Emerging Companies and Business Development at BIO.

From 2009 through April 2011, Governor Huntsman served as an Ambassador to China when he stepped down to run for the 2012 Republican nomination for President of the United States. Prior to serving as Ambassador to China, Huntsman was twice elected as Governor of Utah. During his tenure as Governor, Utah was named by the Pew Center as the Best Managed State in America.

Governor Huntsman began his public service career as a White House staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan and enjoyed such appointments as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. As a U.S. Trade Ambassador, Governor Huntsman has successfully negotiated free trade and investment agreements for the United States with China, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, India, Vietnam, West Africa, South Africa and other Sian and African nations.

He is a founding director of the Pacific Council on International Policy and has served on such boards as the Brookings Institute Asia Policy Board, the Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum, the Asia Society in New York and the National Bureau of Asian Research.

 The BIO Convention in China will feature plenary sessions and workshops on health and regulatory issues, intellectual property, business development and vaccines, and global health. The conference also will feature company presentations, partnering meeting opportunities, and an Exhibition. The convention will include biopharmaceutical industry leaders from North America, Europe and Asia.

BIO brings to China more than 16 years of experience in organizing international conferences for the biotech industry, including the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest annual biotech conference. BIO is renowned for its successful business development, partnering and investor meetings in North America, Europe and Asia. Partnering at this conference will be powered by BIO One-on-One Partnering™, an interactive environment to intelligently search, contact and schedule private meetings with potential partners and investors.

BIO China is organized by BIO and co-organized byZhangjiang Hi-Tech Park. For more information on BIO China, please visit here.

 

Upcoming BIO Events
 
May 15-16, 2012
Frankfurt, Germany
 
2012 BIO International Convention
June 18-21, 2012
Boston, MA
 
June 18 – 21, 2012
Boston, MA 
 

About Z Park
Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park was established on July 28, 1992 as China's state-level high-tech industrial development zone. After seventeen years of accumulation and development, Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, through providing high value-added products and services with innovative core technologies to progressively replace the life cycle of traditional industries, represents the revolutionary transformation trend of China’s economic development pattern.

 

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BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.