Everyone at BIO 2011, the annual international convention of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is into networking. Sit next to someone on one of the shuttle buses, in a coffee line or in a meeting hall and a conversation will soon be struck up and business cards exchanged. Business development, partnering and making connections is what this meeting is really about.
With this in mind, there’s a series of receptions, parties and events that take place around BIO. Yesterday late afternoon, I attended a reception on the Kalmar Nyckel, AKA the Delaware Boat. It is a replica of the tall ship that sailed from Sweden to the New World in 1638, and landed 24 settlers in the Delaware Valley, in what is today Wilmington, DE. Today’s replica serves as Delaware’s goodwill ambassador. Hosting a reception on a boat made a change from the standard hotel ballroom.
In the evening the official BIO reception took place at the Newseum. Plenty of food, drinks and music, plus the opportunity to mix, mingle and explore the Newseum. I enjoyed it! You could even try your hand at being a newscaster at one of the interactive exhibits.
This evening I will be at the New Zealand and Italian Embassies for receptions. BIO 2011 – network till you drop!