This year’s BIO International Convention took place under the motto “Imagine” in San Francisco, the birthplace of the US biotech industry.
Just like every year since its founding, the International Council of Biotech Associations (ICBA) convened on the margins of the BIO International Convention. On 5 June, the council, now 26 members strong, met in downtown San Francisco to share information on current developments in the different countries, to discuss major global biotech topics and to talk about future cooperation projects.
On 7 and 8 June, German President Joachim Gauck and the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) hosted the Environment Week in the beautiful park of Berlin’s Bellevue Palace. This was the fifth time that the survey of environmental projects has been held at the president’s official residence.
On 12 and 13 June, the Eighth German-Chinese Forum for Economic and Technological Cooperation was held in Beijing. The German-Chinese Working Group on the Medical Industry and Biotechnology took the forum as an opportunity to convene for the sixth time.
In late June, representatives of Europe’s national biotechnology associations met as part of EuropaBio’s National Association Council (NAC). The British representative gave a brief overview of the situation within the UK following the referendum.
The European health experts on EuropaBio’s Healthcare Council also convened in Brussels in late June to discuss recent developments. One topic on the agenda was the decisions of the EU Council from 17 June.
On 29 June, Peter Heinrich, Chairman of the Board of BIO Deutschland, took part in EuropaBio’s board meeting.