Thailand draws investment from 2015 BIO International Convention
BIO is the world’s largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world.
The 2015 BIO International Convention (16-18 June 2015), hosted 29,279 partnering meetings, a new record for the event. Organized by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the event drew 15,858 industry leaders from 69 countries and 47 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The BIO Business Forum hosted a record-breaking 29,279 scheduled one-on-one partnering meetings between more than 3,100 companies, and featured 207 company presentations.
The BIO Exhibition featured more than 1,800 exhibitors and covered over 150,000 square feet with 47 state, regional and international pavilions. The Innovation Zone, featuring SBIR grantees from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as the Digital Health Zone, both doubled in size this year.
On this occasion, the Board of Investment of Thailand organized “Biotech & Life Sciences Opportunities in Thailand Seminar” on June 15, 2015 at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown Hotel to draw investment from BIO industry to Thailand.
Ambassador Pisan Manawapat brought Team Thailand in Washington D.C. from Office of Commercial Affairs, Office of Agricultural Affairs, and Office of Scienc and Technology Affaris together with Team Thailand in New York from Office of BOI and Thai Trade New York attended the seminar.
The Ambassador gave the remarks on the Fast Paced Developments in Thailand & the ASEAN Economic Community to more than 50 participants from around the world. He pointed out political stability in Thailand, roadmap towards election, consistent economic policy to promote trade and investment, opportunities to use Thailand as a hub in ASEAN, and infrastructure developments that will boost up Thailand’s competitiveness in the region.
Later the program were talks from Ms. Ajarin Pattanapanchai, Senior Executive Investment Advisor, Thailand Board of Investment on “Thailand” An Asian Hub, a World of Opportunity”, Dr. Nares Damrongchai CEO, Thailand’s Center of Excellence for Life Sciences talked on “Thailand, the Next Asian Biotech Hub”, and Dr. Bernd Haase VP Sales and Marketing, Apsalagen Co.Ltd talked on “Experience in Doing Business in Thailand”.
The Delegation also visited Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS) at the BIO Exhibition. TCELS is the coordination center for facilitating cooperation among domestic and international organizations for life sciences business and industry in Thailand attended the BIO Exhibition to showcase Thailand’s life sciences business and industry in Thailand. The Center is a repository of information and databases relevant to the lige sciences industry, it is also a connecting hub with tthe ability to direct some specific requests to the right parties. Major databases include Medical Devices, Herbal Medicine, Gene and Cell Therapy, Medical Robotics, Drug, Bioplasma and so on. TCELS website is www.tcels.or.th