Canada's biotechnology sector is alive and well as a key driver behind this country's technology sector and in employing highly skilled workers. Simply maintaining that position is not enough in a competitive global environment, which makes growth critical for Canada's economic growth.
Every year 16,000 people from around the world meet at the BIO International Convention
to exchange ideas and showcase their products and companies. Governments and academic institutions also attend BIO to encourage investment in their projects and to find opportunities to collaborate. Canada sends the second largest delegation (behind the U.S.) of the 70 or so countries represented, and much of the co-coordinating effort for that delegation comes from BIOTECanada
. This year the industry organization is hosting an innovation panel moderated by Andrew Casey, President & CEO of BIOTECanada.
I talked with him before the convention kicks off in Philadelphia on June 3rd, about the panel and what Canada needs to do to stay competitive in the biotechnology industry.