BIO 2005 sets records

Need any more evidence that biotech is one hot field these days? Check out the BIO 2005 conference. From The Philadelphia Business Journal

    The convention broke an attendance record with 18,730 people coming to the city from 61 countries. Records were also set at this year's event for the number of one-on-one business partnership meetings, 7,200, and the number of exhibitors, 1,525.

    "The energy level is the same this year," said [Mickey Flynn, the president of Malvern-based Puresyn Inc.]. "It's magnified because there are a lot more people. ... People understand biotechnology more now, but I think we still have a long way to go to educate people. "

The only downside was that a policeman "apparently died from a heart-related ailment while trying to end a scuffle with anti-biotech protesters outside the convention center." With the industry still viewed as controversial, protesters are likely to be a part of the picture for the foreseeable future.

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