Biotechnology Short Course
The Biotechnology space is a two-day course for all professionals who need the tools to understand and respond to innovations in biotechnology - After attending the course, you will have a firm grasp on the specific discoveries and inventions shaping the biotechnology landscape - and how to look at technology from a critical perspective and judge how technological advances are key to your business.
This course provides an introduction to biology and then delves into more advanced topics:
• Genomics • Proteomics • Bioinformatics • Drug/Device Therapeutics • Stem Cell & Tissue Engineering • Drug Discovery • Gene Therapy • Diagnostics and Biomarkers • Biotechnology Start-ups •
PBG is a student-run, cross-disciplinary club based at the University
of Pennsylvania with the mission of promoting education and awareness
regarding the many facets of biotechnology, including science, business,
law, and medicine.
The club draws members and expertise from the larger life sciences
community of Southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as graduate and
undergraduate programs at Penn, including the School of Engineering
and Applied Sciences, The Wharton School of Business, the Law School
and Medical School.
Goals of the club include:
* Activities that educate the membership regarding industry basics,
current events and career opportunities
* A broad-based membership including students, researchers, and
faculty from various disciplines as well as members of industry
outside of the University
* Events that foster networking, particularly among members representing
* Hands-on consulting projects at local life sciences businesses
for University of Pennsylvania student members
* Supporting the growth of biotechnology and related industries
in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region
BIO 2005 - Philadelphia
BIO 2005 Sets New Records, Introduces World to Tri-State
For Immediate Release
Contact Dan Eramian
Philadelphia (June 22, 2005) — The BIO 2005 Annual International
Convention today ends its four-day run at the Philadelphia Convention
Center with new records for attendance and international representation.
Total registration as of 4 p.m. today was 18,730, with representatives
from 56 countries and all 50 U.S. states. More than 500 journalists
from 36 countries covered BIO 2005.
“This has been BIO’s best convention ever, and we could
not have pulled it off without a tremendous outpouring of support
from government and industry leaders in the tri-state region of
Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware,” said BIO President
“As we close the world’s largest biotechnology gathering,
I want to thank our more than 300 volunteers in the tri-state biotechnology
community. I also want to thank the city of Philadelphia, including
Mayor Street and the hundreds of city employees who helped us host
“We are especially grateful to the Philadelphia police officers
who kept our attendees and the surrounding area safe throughout
the convention. We join the city today in mourning the loss of one
its finest, Officer Paris Williams, who died of an apparent heart
attack while trying to keep protestors from entering the convention
BIO 2005’s Impact
BIO 2005’s economic impact on the city of Philadelphia —
its hotels, restaurants, taxi operators, etc. — is estimated
at more than $35 million.
“But that’s only the beginning of the impact of this
convention,” said Greenwood. “We scheduled 7,500 meetings
between companies seeking partners for collaboration and development,
and many thousands more discussions took place informally. We expect
the momentum of BIO 2005 to translate into new business and new
breakthroughs for biotech.
“The convention will yield a lasting legacy for the tri-state
region’s biopharmaceutical industry,” said Greenwood.
“It has put the local life-sciences community on the map globally
and should boost venture-capital interest in the region’s
startup companies over the long term. As a Philadelphia native and
resident, I am especially proud of that accomplishment.”
Other Facts about the Convention
· The exhibit hall featured a record 1,525 displays, with
more than 60 state and international pavilions.
· More than 200 companies delivered business presentations.
· More than 900 speakers shared their expertise in 180 program
· BIO 2005 was hosted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
the State of Delaware, and the State of New Jersey.
BIO 2006 and Beyond
Chicago is the site for BIO 2006, to be followed by Boston (2007),
San Diego (2008), and Atlanta (2009).
BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic
institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations
in all 50 U.S. states and 31 other nations. BIO members are involved
in the research and development of health-care, agricultural, industrial
and environmental biotechnology products.