A week with PACA Region at the 2017 BIO International Convention

BIO International Convention 2017

The 2017 BIO International Convention is one of the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry and is hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). BIO 2017 happened just a week ago at the San Diego Convention Center.

The BIO International Convention attracts the biggest names in biotech, offers key networking and partnering opportunities, and provides insights and inspiration on major trends affecting the industry. The Convention highlighted the latest trends and the newest opportunities for executives, investors, scientists, policy leaders, and media from around the world. Speakers at the sessions share breakthroughs in medicine, diagnostics, environment, energy production, business operations, financing, partnerships, policy issues and food & agriculture.

This year, 20 French biotech companies came to BIO to share and highlight the South of France and its excellency in Life Science.
For the past years the French biotech cluster Eurobiomed and their Southern Californian counterpart BIOCOM have created a fruitful and highly efficient pathway to international development. Their partnership has continued to grow through BIO 2017.

On the French Pavillon, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region and their partners were present; Regional Economic Development Agency (ARII PACA), French biotech cluster Eurobiomed, Provence Promotion, Team Côte d’Azur.

A week full of events and meetings!

The BIO week started off with a great cocktail kickoff reception organized by Business France and their partners BIOCOM and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

The busy week included a meeting with the City of San Diego Economic Development Department, to discuss the next steps to be taken between Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and San Diego to prosper the Memorandum of Understanding. This agreement has been signed in February 2017 between Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Bernard Deflesselles, regional vice president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.
San Diego and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region share similar industries such as biotech, defense, aerospace, software development, cleantech, bluetech and tourism.
It was a great opportunity to discuss future developments between the two cities.

The partners were also able to meet Nikia Clarke, Ph.D., Executive Director and Mark Cafferty, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation to build regional connectivity.

During that week, Eurobiomed and Link-J, a Japanese Life Science Cluster, signed a Memorandum of Understanding  in order to create a new life science triumvirate. Great news for biotech companies, new partnerships opportunities, new markets, new innovations! #BIO2017

This great week at BIO 2017 will be followed by many steps. The very next step will take place from October 30th until November the 3rd when The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region will welcome a delegation of biotech companies from San Diego and Japan.

If you are interested in being part of this delegation, feel free to contact directly The Executive Director of the French American Chamber of Commerce in San Diego: gilles.bonkoski@francesandiego.org