Delegation of the International Council of Biotech Associations visits Geneva

In its role as the collective voice of the international biotechnology industry, the International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA) organised its third delegation trip to Geneva. Many organisations, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have their headquarters in Geneva. Here, delegates from Belgium, Germany, England, Switzerland and the United States met with representatives from the respective countries as well as partner NGOs and important opinion leaders. Topics discussed included the current challenges for the innovation ecosystem and how best to tackle them. The aim of the trip was also to establish a presence in Geneva as an advocate for primarily small and medium-sized biotechnology companies, and to forge lasting contacts with decision-makers in Geneva. BIO Deutschland is a founding member of the ICBA, which was established in 2014 and is currently headed by the United Kingdom and South Africa.

The delegation of the International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA) visits the Italian Mission in Geneva. From left to right, Tatjana Sachse (Sidley Austin LLP), Joseph Damond (BIO US), Steve Bates (UK BioIndustry Association), Viola Bronsema (BIO Deutschland) and Joanna Dupont-Inglis (EuropaBio, Belgium) © Hilary Stiss

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