As you finish planning your schedule for next week at the 2013 BIO International Convention be sure to take a break from the Convention and swing by Booth #0905 for MA Pavilion programs! Last week we highlighted a few of the programs, and today wanted to share a couple more!
Neuroscience & Neurodegenerative Research: The Next Big Thing
Tuesday, April 23rd at 4:00pm
Massachusetts is home to a number of companies and institutions attempting to solve some of the most challenging research questions of our time in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and other neurodegenerative conditions. Where will the big advances and cures come from?
- Steve Arkinstall, Senior VP and Head of US Research and Global External Innovation, EMD Serono
- William Kohlbrenner, Director of Global External Research, AbbVie
- Ken Koblan, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals
- Moderator: Susan Windham-Bannister, President & CEO, Mass. Life Sciences Center
Leading the Way: BioPharma Manufacturing in Massachusetts
Wednesday, April 24th at 3:30pm
Learn how Massachusetts is particularly well positioned to meet biomanufacturing requirements in years ahead.
- Frank Fazio, Head of Manufacturing at MassBiologics/UMass Medical
- Chris Murphy, Vice Presidend of Operations, Genzyme
- Moderator: Bob Coughlin, President & CEO, MassBio
We hope to see you there! Click here for the full Pavilion Agenda.
The 2013 BIO International Convention is the largest global event for the biotechnology industry and attracts the biggest names in biotech, offers key networking and partnering opportunities, and provides insights and inspiration on the major trends affecting the industry.
We hope to see you in Chicago and wanted to share details on some of the exciting events we’re hosting in Lifecycle Massachusetts: The MA Pavilion!
What is Lifecycle Massachusetts?
Lifecycle Massachusetts is the theme for the Massachusetts Pavilion that debuted in 2012. Lifecycle MA is located in Booth #0905 and it’s where we will tell the story of Massachusetts’ continued success in the life sciences, all the way from the bench to the bedside.
Pavilion Program Highlights
Monday, April 22nd at 4 p.m.
We kick off convention by hearing from the folks at the heart of why we do what we do-the patients. We will welcome two patients and a patient advocate to talk about the hope that biotechnology promises.
Panelists: Deb Beaudette (Pompe patient), Ron Banks (MS patient)
Moderator: Carrie Burke, Director, US Alliance Development, Shire
As you have probably noticed if you’ve been following along here at MassBioHQ, 2012 has been a very busy year so far for MassBio. The first half of the year included our Policy Breakfast, the MassBio Annual Meeting, and, most recently, Lifecycle Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Pavilion at the 2012 BIO International Convention. The Mass Pavilion showcased the unique elements and collaborative work of our life sciences super cluster and demonstrated why Massachusetts is the place to be.
We also recently had significant successes with legislation enacted both on Capitol Hill and Beacon Hill—with highlights including PDUFA reauthorization on the federal level and the passage of co-pay assistance legislation in Massachusetts.
Thank you to all our members and supporters for making the first half of 2012 such a success!
This summer we are gearing up for our not-to-be-missed late summer & fall events:
Join us for an afternoon of networking, raffles, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres at the outdoor patio of Catalyst Restaurant, located just below our offices at 300 Tech Square. Register here. (Free parking at the Tech Square Garage!)
Patients are at the heart of the life sciences industry. The Massachusetts Pavilion was designed to highlight the patients this year, so we spent Monday celebrating them.
3:30 p.m. Legislator of the Year Awards
Each year, BIO honors legislators who actively support innovation and the growth of the biotechnology industry in the state where the convention is held. This year, BIO honored Speaker Robert DeLeo, Representative Steven Walsh, Senator Karen Spilka and Senator Michael Rodrigues.
During the award ceremony, the legislative leaders talked about the important collaborative work we do here in Massachusetts to help the patients. Representative Walsh shared his personal connection to the patient experience and told the biotech community, “You are literally saving lives…You are doing things that are truly heroic.”
4:00 p.m. Pavilion Welcome Program: Celebrate the Patient
Whether you’re from the area or not, as you look at your schedule for the week, you may be wondering the best ways to take advantage of any downtime you might have during the 2012 BIO International Convention. Here are my Top 5 ways to enjoy the city.
1. Catch a Red Sox game
Fenway Park, the oldest Major League Baseball stadium, turned 100 this year! Find tickets online or even outside the park the night of the game. Fenway Park is a historic site in itself and home to Fenway Frank hotdogs that are worth the indulgence: it’s all part of the experience!
2. Exercise & take in the Scenery
If you’re looking for a place to jog or go for a long walk, check out Boston’s Harbor Walk, which offers a safe and beautiful walk along the water, or the Castle Island area. If you’re willing to go a little farther from the Innovation District, explore the Esplanade along the Charles River.
3. Learn about Boston history & art
Don’t miss the Freedom Trail, one of America’s first historic walking tours. The route is 2.5 miles and you can go on a guided tour, or simply head to the Freedom Trail Information Booth at the Boston Common at Tremont Street and pick up a map and brochure and then follow the red-brick line to explore the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, the Bunker Hill Monument, the USS Constitution and more.