Monday, June 16, 2008

BIO Conference Kicks Off in San Diego

This is the first of a series of blogs from the Biotechnology Industry Organization Annual Conference in San Diego.
SAN DIEGO— Two years after advancing a strategy to lure high tech life science companies, significant infrastructure is in place for Owensboro to be an epicenter for plant biotechnology. The infrastructure has already attracted two plant-oriented biotech firms to locate operations in Owensboro during 2007.

This week local officials will take their efforts to the international stage at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Annual Conference in San Diego. The BIO International Conference is the biggest gathering of biotech leaders, public officials and companies in the world. With over 20,000 attendees from 70 countries, 1,900 exhibitors will participate. Over 300 public officials, including Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, will attend.

In 2006 the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation released A Strategic Plan for the Development of the Life Sciences in Greater Owensboro. The report offered recommendations focusing on high technology developments in the life sciences as a new economic development approach. Since then significant strides have been made in by major players in the industry and in creating an infrastructure supporting high tech company development.
Next: Accomplishments of the Strategic Plan after two years. Click here for more information on the Greater Owensboro Life Science Partnership.

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