Meeting between the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Representatives of the US Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), which is affiliated with BIO Deutschland, met representatives of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and of pharmaceutical and biotechnology trade associations at the ministry in early November. During the meeting, the discussion focused on the organisation and programme of the BIO International Convention, which will take place in Philadelphia from 15 to 18 June 2015. The participants spoke about the costs and the possibility of providing special deals for the German delegation. Germany’s participation (exhibition and partnering), which the Economics Ministry has supported for many years, is of great importance to both sides. The BIO representatives underlined that the German delegation has been the third-largest delegation at the convention for years. The trade association representatives said that it must be financially feasible for the mainly small or medium-sized enterprises to attend the convention. The BIO organisers will review the cost structure in order to maximise the participation by German firms. In 2015, BIO Deutschland will be the official rapporteur for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.