Arizona bio firms invited to join state delegation at BIO 2008

March 7, 2008

By hammersmith

Compiled from media reports

Arizona will be showcased prominently in June at BIO 2008, the world’s largest biotechnology conference and exposition, which will draw 20,000 registrants from 70 countries to San Diego. A state delegation—some 50 bioscience researchers, business professionals, and government and nonprofit advocates—is now seeking startup and established biotech firms to join Arizona’s exhibition.

“The annual BIO convention is a great opportunity for bioscience firms in all stages of development to gain global visibility,” said Bob Eaton, president and CEO of the Arizona BioIndustry Association (AZBio). “Many of the major players in the world of biotechnology are in attendance, and there are endless opportunities to meet potential research collaborators, business partners, investors and customers.”

The Arizona Pavillion, a 1,000 square-foot booth along a major aisle in the exhibition hall, will be designed to promote the state’s core scientific competencies in cancer therapeutics, neurological sciences, bioengineering, and bioimaging. The booth will also underscore Arizona’s reputation as a locale where institutions collaborate efficiently and unselfishly—a vital but hard-to-find asset in the bioscience industry.

BIO 2008, which will take place June 17-20, will enable companies of all sizes to promote their products and services while connecting with the industry’s leading researchers, company executives, investors, and others. More than 2000 companies will be exhibited. Through participation with the state delegation, Arizona companies can reduce their costs to attend the show and boost their presence and exposure.

“Arizona is one of the fastest-growing states in the biosciences in our research capabilities and our industry base,” said Jan Lesher, Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce. “The San Diego location of BIO 2008 will highlight the regional strengths, and provides a perfect venue to further showcase Arizona’s recent successes to the global bioscience community.”

For more information about Arizona’s plans for BIO 2008, or to participate in the Arizona delegation, firms may contact Allison Grigg at  or (602) 771-1123.

For more information:

Arizona Department of Commerce media release