On the heels of an exciting day one at the BIO ’12 International Life Sciences Convention, Mayor Menino kicked off the second day by announcing that Boston continues to lead the nation in NIH funding. This marks the 17th year in a row, with $23.4 billion in total awards during that time.
Today I am seeing large representation from state and country economic development groups, especially among booth representatives.
BIO is proving that it is truly a small world after all. A tour around the BCEC’s 516,000 sf exhibition area allows one to enjoy a macadamia nut cookie from Hawaii, some Italian espresso, and for the adventurous a taste of Japanese sake. All in an effort to show off local culture and entice interested parties in the delicacies one’s geography has to offer.
Our global and regional Cluster Reports have been of particular interest to these individuals. Many are either excited to hear about their inclusion in the market leading reports, or eagerly interested to find out how they can be considered for the 2012 edition coming this fall. Some great connections have been made to share information and generate sources for this year’s report.
The global presence and aggressive incentives are not enjoyed by everyone. One gentlemen from a local construction firm was rather unnerved by the large focus on luring life sciences companies away from the Boston metro area. Watch out Boston, emerging clusters around the globe are hot on your tail.