International Program Spotlights the BRICs at the 2013 BIO International Convention

With one-third of all attendees international, the 2013 BIO International Convention will host a wide range of programming focused on new opportunities within emerging markets and strategies for growing the global biotech industry</p>

Washington, DC (February 13, 2013) – With one-third of all attendees international, the 2013 BIO International Convention will host a wide range of programming focused on new opportunities within emerging markets and strategies for growing the global biotech industry. Hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the Convention, celebrating its 20thanniversary, will take place April 22-25, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.

“Biotechnology innovation is an engine of economic growth. Many countries have thus made the development of a biotechnology sector an economic priority and have allocated significant resources into its development,” said BIO President & CEO Jim Greenwood. "We are pleased to see this reflected in our international audience whose participation is vital in presenting a global meeting for the biotech community.”

The emerging markets are becoming increasingly attractive as governments implement national strategies for biotechnology growth and development. The Spotlights on the BRICs program will be held Monday, April 22ndand will highlight and explore the development strategies of the four BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations.

Spotlight on the BRICs: China

  • Welcome & Opening Presentation, 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Key Technical Issues and SFDA Drug Approval Process, 9:00-9:50 a.m.
  • Recent Developments in China's Biomedicine Industry, 10:00-10:55 a.m.
  • Building a World-Class Innovative Therapeutic Biologics Industry in China, 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Spotlight on the BRICs: Russia

  • Welcome & Keynote Presentation, 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
  • Pharma 20/20. Russia’s Transformation From Emerging to One of the Fastest Growing Pharmaceutical Markets, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
  • The Role of the Biotech Clusters in the Modernization and Technological Development of the Russian Economy, 10:45 – 12:00 p.m.

Spotlight on the BRICs: Brazil

  • Investing in Biotechnology in Brazil: Government and Financial Agencies, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
  • Investing in Biotechnology in Brazil: View from the Biopharmaceutical Industry, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
  • Industrial Biotechnology in a New Geography of Innovation: Brazilian Perspectives in Biofuels and Bio-based Chemicals, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Spotlight on the BRICs: India

  • Opening & Keynote Presentation, 1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
  • India’s Vision for Biotechnology, 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Biotechnology in India’s States, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.

In addition to the BRIC special program, there are several other sessions within the International Spotlights track. These include:

Tuesday, April 23rd, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 23rd, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23rd, 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 24th, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24th, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24th, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Furthermore, the International Market Briefings Track will give countries and regions around the world the opportunity to present specific initiatives to generate promising new discoveries, create jobs, and spur economic growth and development. Specifically, this track will explore the impact of biotechnology regulation and other government policies on the growth and development of domestic biotechnology sectors. The IMB track will showcase examples from around the world of specific regulatory initiatives that have had, or will have, a real impact on biotechnology investment, approvals, and introduction to the marketplace. These include:

Monday, April 22nd, 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Monday, April 22nd, 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Monday, April 22nd, 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, April 22nd, 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23rd, 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Tuesday, April 23rd, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23rd, 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 24th, 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24th, 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24th, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 24th, 3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

          Wednesday, April 24th, 4:15 – 5:00 p.m.

To learn more about the program and available registration packages for Convention, please visit here.

Advance media registration is now available for qualified reporters working full time for print, broadcast and web publications with valid press credentials. To register, please visit here.

BIO performs many services for members, but none is more visible than the BIO International Convention. The Convention helps BIO fulfill its mission to help grow the global biotech industry. The event supports BIO‘s ongoing programs and initiatives. BIO works throughout the year to create a policy environment that enables the industry to continue to fulfill its vision of bettering the world through biotech innovation.


About BIO

BIO represents more than 1,100 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. BIO produces BIOtechNOW, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling “innovations transforming our world.” Subscribe to BIOtechNOW.


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