Greater Irvine Chamber Economic Development Promotes Irvine’s Strong Life Science Sector at World’s Largest BioTech Convention

Monday, July 03, 2017

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From experiments conducted in the microgravity space environment to the newest genomics capabilities for the future of precision medicine efforts, the BIO International Convention, held June 19-22 in San Diego, brought together CEOs of multinational pharma companies and startup biotech student groups together in one space to collaborate and share what they’ve been working on in the last year.

Attracting more than 16,000 attendees worldwide, the BIO Conference, kicked off their first night with a reception at Petco Park and the following night shutting down blocks of the Gaslamp District for a night full of music and food. The high-caliber speakers and sessions started with Former Prime Minister David Cameron discussing about the rapidly changing global landscape, particularly Brexit and the U.S. 2016 elections. From sessions that covered the trade and investment policies of the Trump Administration to fireside sessions with Irvine’s own Allergan CEO Brent Saunders – the conference was a robust event for all things BIO Tech.  

The Greater Irvine Chamber led a group of Irvine/Orange County experts to the convention, the largest life sciences and biotechnology convention in the world. Diana Le, manager, Business & International Development, was joined by Cara Davidoff of OCTANe, and Lynn Stewart of California International Trade Development. Their mission was to strengthen Irvine/Orange County’s profile in the global life science industry, generate new connections with foreign-owned companies looking to establish a presence in southern California, and reconnect with key contacts from life science companies the Chamber delegation met with while conducting their February 2017 foreign direct investment mission to the U.K.

Among the many visitors to the Chamber booth at BIO, Harriet Fear, president & CEO of ONE NUCLEUS, a prestigious life science association in the U.K., reconnected with the Chamber, as did Quay Pharma, a life-science company located in Manchester. 

Demea Metcalf, director of sales for Destination Irvine, was glad to be a part of the delegation from the Greater Irvine Chamber, as Irvine’s hotel community voluntarily assesses a portion of their occupancy tax to help fund economic development and attract foreign direct investment companies to locate here to the center of Orange County for their next home.

“We received several inquiries of interest, including U.K.- and Canadian-based parties among the mix, to have us follow up with them in more depth on the Irvine life science ecosystem that we were able to showcase at the conference,” Metcalf said. “We look forward to welcoming some of them back October 30-31 to attend the premier Medical Technology Innovation Forum with our partner OCTANe, to have a closer look at what makes our Irvine lifestyle so sought after.”

For more information about the Greater Irvine Chamber’s international business development initiatives and its International Development Committee, attend our Tuesday, July 18 Economic Vitality Council meeting, or contact Linda DiMario.

Category: Economic Development