BIO ’12 International Convention begins today in Boston

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The BIO ’12 International Convention, the world’s largest life sciences and biotech show, just opened here at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. With an estimated 16,000 attendees and 4,000 exhibitors, the four-day event promises to be as hot as the Innovation District itself.

BIO will infuse $27 million into the city’s economy. At Booth 3301 we are releasing the Jones Lang LaSalle Life Science Cluster Reports, the industry’s first ever analysis of the global and regional markets.

Today’s program is action packed with innumerable opportunities to connect, partner and party. The opening gala is tonight, with receptions scheduled by global pharmas, international and state economic development organizations throughout the week.

Mayor Menino kicked things off earlier today with an opening event at the Fan Pier followed by an invitation only tour of the District. The buzz on the convention floor is that Vertex is expected to announce that they are planning to open a manufacturing facility for clinical trials.

President of Ventana Medical Systems is speaking at the Arizona pavilion in a few minutes. It will be interesting to hear what she has to say about biomedical jobs and whether they can continue to grow at three times faster than the national average.

We’ll keep you informed of BIO happenings throughout the week!

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