The Louisiana Vaccine Center attended the 2009 BIO International Convention – The Global Event for Biotechnology – held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia from May 18-21. This event is recognized as the “world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry.
” This year’s theme was “Heal, Fuel, Feed the World.” The Center had three members attend as full convention attendees: Dr. Alistair Ramsay, Center Director, Steve Ceulemans, Commercialization Coordinator and Lesley LeBlanc, Associate for Research and Development. In addition, the Center participated as a member of the Louisiana Pavilion on the BIO 2009 exhibit floor in coordination with the South Louisiana Institute of Infectious Disease, the Clinical and Translational Research, Education and Commercialization Program and the New Orleans BioInnovation Center.
The large exhibit floor allowed the opportunity to encounter over 2,000 companies from all over the world in order to network and mingle. The Louisiana Vaccine Center exhibited in the Louisiana Pavilion that was sponsored in part by the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. This gave the opportunity for the state of Louisiana to promote all aspects of the of the biotechnology industry across the entire state as well as the incentives in place to attract more biotech businesses.