Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Governor Kaine Attends BIO 2008 in San Diego

  Governor Tim Kaine attended the 2008 Biotechnology Industry Organization's 2008 International Convention last week. The convention drew 20,108 industry leaders from 70 different countries and 48 states. The full Convention program included four full days with 175 breakout sessions, 21 educational tracks, more than 1,000 speakers, three keynote sessions, six Super Sessions and three CEO Forum sessions. The convention featured the largest gathering of biotech exhibitors in history, with more than 2,100 companies, 126 of which were new, and more than 208,000 sq. feet of exhibition space, the largest ever at the convention. The exhibition included more than 60 domestic, country and regional pavilions representing every aspect of the biotechnology industry.

Sadly, it was also the first year that the Commonwealth of Virginia did not even have a booth. Having the governor there to walk the floor was great as he was able to see first hand what kind of competition Virginia faces to attract and develop this dynamic and high-paying industry.

Following the walk-about on the show floor, the governor was the host for a special reception for all of the Virginia attendees who where there in San Diego to represent the industry.

Here is the link to some pictures.

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