Biotech Clusters


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BIO 2002 held in Toronto in June, drew exhibitors from 28 countries and 47 U.S. states many of whom were in attendance to unveil their region’s assets as biotechnology centers of excellence.
The message being delivered was biotech “cluster.” State and city officials were eager to reach out to the 15,000 plus attendees from 52 countries. There was plenty for attendees to learn with a record number of biotech regions attending the conference. Bottom-line numbers help explain why. Bioscience revenue grew to $25.7 billion in 2000 from $8 billion in 1993, while market capitalization grew to $350.2 billion in 2000 from $137 billion in 1999, according to data from Walter Plosila, Ph.D., VP, public technology management…

Necessary elements to build a biotech cluster of excellence
Emerging Biotech Clusters

Experts on this topic

Jeb Conrad. VP, Marion County Economic Development, Indianapolis; Marion County has teamed up with the Indy Partnership to strengthen the economic growth of the central ­Indiana region
Catherine Doray, MIM, RAC. Director, Biotechnology Development and Marketing, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma City; the organization is spearheading ­Forward Oklahoma City II, a five-year economic development ­program
William Duncan, Ph.d. President, Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute Inc., Kansas City, Mo.; KCALSI is helping transform the area into a center for excellence in life-sciences R&D
Angelo Fatta, Ph.D. President, BuffLink, Inc., Buffalo, N.Y.; BuffLink’s mission is to accelerate the technology transfer process and increase the commercialization of locally generated cutting-edge research
Richard Fleming. President and CEO, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, St. Louis; the RCGA is the economic
development organization for the bi-state St. Louis region
Tony Grande. Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Nashville; the department’s mission is to encourage economic growth
Governor Bob Holden. State of Missouri; Mr. Holden took office Jan. 8, 2001, as Missouri’s 53rd governor
Steve Lufkin. General Manager, Midwest Research Institute, Kansas City, Mo.; MRI is helping transform Kansas City into a center for excellence in life-sciences research and development
Martin Mini. Senior VP, Marketing Communications, Kansas City Area Development Council, Kansas City, Mo.; KCADC isthe metro area’s umbrella economic development organization
Walter Plosila, Ph.d. VP, Public Technology Management, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio; Battelle serves industry and government in developing new technologies and products
Karl Queisser. Director Client Services, The Indy Partnership, Indianapolis; the Indy Partnership is dedicated to strengthening the economic growth of the central Indiana region
Governor Mark Schweiker. State of Pennsylvania; Mr. Schweiker was sworn in Oct. 5, 2001, as Pennsylvania’s 44th governor