Ohio to Play Active Role as Regional Host at BIO 2006

Apr 03, 2006, 01:00 ET from Biotechnology Industry Organization

    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The state of Ohio will play an
 important role as a regional host at BIO 2006, the Biotechnology Industry
 Organization's annual international conference.  BIO 2006 will take place
 April 9-12th at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.
     "We are excited to hold this meeting in the Midwest for the first time,"
 stated BIO President Jim Greenwood.  "This is an opportunity to spotlight the
 region to the rest of the country and to the more than 60 other nations which
 will be represented at BIO 2006."
     The Midwest location also motivated Ohio to participate as a major sponsor
 at the BIO Convention for the first time. Ohio joins several other Midwest
 states as co-sponsors of the Welcoming Reception to be held on the evening of
 Sunday, April 9th.
     More than 150 Ohioans have registered for the conference and will
 participate in a variety of roles.  Ohio academics, biotech executives and
 experts will participate in several of the nearly 200 sessions that will take
 place during BIO 2006.  Ohio speakers will participate in sessions on devices
 and diagnostics, finance, nanotechnology, public and investor relations, and
     Ohio Governor Bob Taft will be among the 12 confirmed governors at BIO
 2006.  Governor Taft will be a featured speaker at the Public Officials
 Reception on April 9th, and he will mingle with guests at the "Ohio Night at
 BIO" reception on April 10th.  He is also expected to visit the "Bio in Ohio"
 booth in the exhibit hall.
     The Ohio exhibit hall presence is coordinated by Omeris, Ohio's bioscience
 membership and development organization, with partnership support from the
 Ohio Department of Development, the Columbus Chamber, Team NEO, and the Ohio
 Agricultural Research and Development Center.  Other exhibitors with
 headquarters or significant operations in Ohio include Cardinal Health, Eurand
 USA, Meridian Bioscience, Ricerca Biosciences, CAS - Chemical Abstracts
 Service, AMRESCO, Teradata, Boehringer Ingelheim, Patheon, and Oakwood
     "The BIO annual event has proven to be an excellent venue for meeting with
 companies and entrepreneurs, especially those from overseas, interested in
 expanding or relocating in Ohio," said Dr. Tony Dennis, President and CEO of
 Omeris.  "Last year we had private meetings with more than 40 companies from
 the U.S., Germany, Italy, and Taiwan and will do so again this year.  Overall,
 this is a very effective way to keep up with global industry changes and
 opportunities to build Ohio's growing bioscience industry."
     Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals and Ventaira Pharmaceuticals were
 selected to participate in the Business Forum.  They are among a select group
 of companies chosen from hundreds of applicants to make business development-
 focused presentations to potential investors and other biotech and
 pharmaceutical companies interested in sharing technology through partnering
 and licensing arrangements.
     Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, Ventaira Pharmaceuticals and
 NanoBioMagnetics will take advantage of BIO's sophisticated partnering
 software which matches participating companies with other companies interested
 in partnering or licensing and with investors.  More than 10,000 meetings will
 be arranged during BIO 2006.
     For more information on BIO 2006, please visit
 http://www.bio.org/events/2006/.  Media registration is complimentary for
 credential members of the news media.  Reporters and editors working full-time
 for print or broadcast news organizations may register onsite with valid media
 credentials.  Freelance journalists and online publications may not register
     BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic
 institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the
 United States and 31 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research
 and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental
 biotechnology products.

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