One of the key features for people attending the annual BIO Convention are the one-on-one partnering sessions. When the pandemic derailed plans for the annual event in San Diego, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization decided to make it a fully digital experience, including those one-on-one meetings designed to bring innovators, biotech investors, and companies together.
Quebec-based Raspberry Scientific
first attended BIO in Philadelphia last year and the company’s Chief Marketing Officer Vincent Blouin was preparing for this year's partnering sessions when the whole procedure was upended. The company decided to carry on and when I was trying to set-up an interview with him, he was as busy and booked up as he would have been in San Diego.
But then this is a biotech start-up willing to take some chances. They are developing a new diagnostic blood test which can identify pathogens more efficiently and more broadly than current testing procedures, and along with the usual approaches to funding the venture, they have added a twist help pay the bills while working on the technology.
I caught up with Vincent late in the afternoon after his partnering day.