Maryland Commerce Leads Delegation to BIO International Convention

Maryland companies, colleges and universities, and economic development partners to showcase state’s strengths in biotechnology and life sciences

Baltimore, Md. (June 5, 2018) – The Maryland Department of Commerce is leading a delegation to the BIO International Convention in Boston this week. Led by Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill, the state’s delegation includes more than 100 individuals representing Maryland biotech companies, federal agencies, colleges and universities, and city and county economic development departments.

“We’re looking forward to connecting with biotech and pharma leaders from across the world,” said Secretary Gill. “BIO International is a great opportunity for our Maryland partners to gain valuable information on developments and opportunities throughout the industry.”

Hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, BIO International attracts more than 16,000 people from 74 countries and features more than 500 sessions. During the convention, Maryland will host more than 150 attendees from U.S. and international companies at a reception to showcase the global influence of the state’s biotech sector. Members of the Maryland delegation will also meet with international gene therapy and vaccine companies, as well as major industry companies including Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi Pasteur, Boehringer Ingelheim, and GE Healthcare.

Among the 45 Maryland companies participating in the state’s delegation are AstraZeneca / MedImmune, Pharmaceuticals International Inc., Altimmune, Leidos Health, REGENXBIO, MacroGenics, Smithers Avanza, and Paragon Bioservices. Also participating are the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, headquartered in Silver Spring, Md.; and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery College, the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), and the University of Maryland, Baltimore will also be represented. Economic development officials from Frederick County and the City of Frederick; Montgomery County and Rockville, Md.; and the City of Gaithersburg are among the delegation members.

“We’re very pleased to be bringing this delegation to BIO International,” said Bret Schreiber, Maryland Commerce’s senior director of biohealth and life science. “The federal agencies, Maryland companies, colleges and universities, and city and county partners accompanying Secretary Gill and our team are outstanding representatives of our state and the biotechnology industry. We’re looking for great things to come out of our time at BIO International.”

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