This year at BIO, the not-for-profit French organization Lyonbiopole will be represented by 17 of its member companies from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The life sciences incubator and health care cluster has 226 members in total, including 18 research and clinical centers. The region itself is home to 800 small & medium sized health care companies and about 150,000 people employed in the health and biotechnology sector.
Florence Agostino-Etchetto was appointed as Lyonbiopole’s Managing Director in 2013 and has helped the organization get past some of the traditional ways of doing business – something many life science hubs have had to deal with. The formula must be meeting with some success as the area has attracted €2 billion (or a bit more than 3 billion Canadian) in new investment since 2005.
I talked with her in the French Pavilion on the BIO exhibit floor in Philadelphia.