Monday, September 26, 2005

Biotech After Hours in Tyson's Corner

Thanks to the kindness of Scheer Partners, VaBIO held a "Biotech After Hours" last Thursday at the Tower Club in Tyson's Corner. More than 130 people pre-registered for the event. The food, drink and views of Northern Virginia from the top of the club were great.

The event was also sponsored by The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Moazzam & Latimer, Keller & Heckman, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Finnegan Henderson, IBM, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr and the NVTC.

The club is a great venue for events like this. Be warned, however, that they take their dress code very seriously. I had spent the earlier part of the day at the President's Cup golf tournament out in Manassas thanks to the folks at Prince William County Economic Development. I was still wearing my shorts and golf shirt when I arrived at the Tower Club to set up all of my signs, name badges, etc. While on a quick tour of the place before I had a moment to go and change into my suit and tie, the manager aksed Dan Gonzales (our host from Scheer Partners) if he could have a quick word in private. It turned out that he was complaining because I was not dressed appropriately and that they would have to ask me to leave!

To all of those who came, thanks very much-- especially those new to the industry and VaBIO. We look forward to having another "BAH" up there soon.

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