MichBio Attends 2024 BIO Convention As State Ambassador

Stephen Rapundalo, PhD, MichBio President and CEO and Emily Brockman, Director, Member Relations, joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in hosting the State of Michigan Pavilion at this year’s BIO International Convention, the largest global event for the biosciences industry.

The 2024 event witnessed 19,500 industry leaders attending from 70 countries, and a record of over 61,000 partnering meetings. The vast and busy exhibition space with thousands of delegates, served as an arena for numerous informal meetings, fostering a dynamic environment for networking and collaboration. The partnering area was integrated into the exhibition hall, which also featured country pavilions and company stands of various sizes.

Educational sessions covered a multitude of topics, highlighting the current hot technology fields such as AI and Digital Health, Cell & Gene Therapy, Genome editing, Next Generation Biotherapeutics and Biomanufacturing. Business Development and Finance were prominent topics too, featured in more than 20 sessions. There were also great session on Emerging opportunities, Global Markets, Patient Advocacy, Regulatory Innovation and much more.

Michigan’s delegation showcased innovation and services happening across the statewide industry. Participants included representatives from state programs, economic development organizations, companies, and universities – AAPharmaSyn, Akadeum Life Sciences, AnchorBio Solutions, Corium Innovations, Grace, Interactome Bio, MEDC, MichBio, ONL Therapeutics, Spartan Innovations/Henry Ford Health Innovation, The Right Place, Upkara, and University of Michigan Innovation Partnership.

MichBio and MEDC met with a myriad of visitors from across the globe and hosted a well-received reception on Tuesday evening of the four-day event. In addition, MichBio, as part of the Partnering Forum at the Convention, met with many companies, institutions and foreign government agencies seeking potential collaborations, partnerships and investments in Michigan. We’re still following up with a number of those “meet and greets” and making the proper connections for them.

The State of Michigan will once again host a Pavilion at the 2025 BIO International Convention to be held June 16-19 in Boston, MA. We hope to see Michigan companies and organizations there

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