Monday, June 18, 2012

No place like home: Moscone expansion helps Bay Area biotech prospects

How local is this week’s Biotechnology Industry Organization convention in Boston?
While riding the hotel elevator this morning,Reg Kelly, the director of QB3 at theUniversity of California, San Francisco, stepped on the elevator. Among the sponsors are South San Francisco-basedGenentech; San Francisco-based life sciences financial services firm Burrill & Co.; and Novato’s BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
In all, there are at least a half-dozen other sponsors here with some sort of San Francisco Bay Area connection and scores of attendees from the Bay Area.
Imagine if, instead of Boston, BIO and its 15,000 attendees landed again in San Francisco.

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