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Brazos Valley Represented at BIO Convention

The Brazos Valley is part of Texas’s delegation at the largest global event for the biotechnology industry.
The 2019 BIO International Convention is taking place June 3-6 in Philadelphia. The Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation’s business development manager, Tim Neeley, is part of the Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute (THBI) delegation helping showcase the state’s biotechnology and life sciences sector.
“BIO is undoubtedly the world’s premier gathering of biotechnology professionals across the markets of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products,” Neeley said. “Networking events and partnering meetings at this annual show enable a focused platform to create deals and accelerate opportunities within bio-regions connected with a top-tier R&D university such as the Brazos Valley.”
Neeley and more than 25 delegates from Texas communities, companies, universities and other organizations are showing more than 16,000 biotechnology and pharmaceutical leaders why Texas is thriving: a highly-trained workforce, top-tier research institutions and a business-friendly climate. For those attending, the Texas Pavilion is Booth #3939.
The Brazos Valley features the Biocorridor, situated along the College Station-Bryan border and near Texas A&M University’s main campus, its Health Science Center and the Texas A&M System RELLIS campus. With A&M talent, research and workforce development, our region is advantageous to the bio industry.
The Biocorridor is home to FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, G-CON Manufacturing and iBio, all of which are exhibiting at the BIO Convention. Also in the Biocorridor is the Lake Walk Town Center and its restaurants, stores and The Stella Hotel.
“Our ongoing participation in the THBI BIO delegation has strengthened our existing ties and opened new relationships with companies, peer institutions and related organizations,” Neeley said.
Nearly 20 percent of projects announced by the BVEDC in 2018 were in the biotechnology industry.
More than 5,500 life science and research firms and nearly a quarter-of-a-million workers in related fields are currently in Texas.
“The BIO International Convention offers Texas a world stage to showcase our state’s strengths in biomedical science, agriculture and medical device innovation,” said Tom Kowalski, President/CEO of THBI. “We are proud to participate and demonstrate how Texas has become a significant player in this industry while continuing to recruit talent and innovation to the state.”
THBI, a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization, is the Texas public policy voice for the healthcare and biosciences industry, working with government and industry leaders to attract life sciences participants to Texas and promoting effective government legislation for the industry.