Rhode Island to be Represented at 2009 BIO International Convention

Tech Collective will partner with the New England Biotech Association to showcase RI’s Bioscience industry at the largest Biotech gathering; calling for company materials.

Providence, RI, April 18, 2009 --(PR.com)-- The Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s Information Technology and Bioscience Industry Association, will be partnering with the New England Biotech Association (NEBA) to represent the state’s Bioscience industry at the 2009 BIO International Convention on May 17-21, 2009 in Atlanta, GA. Tech Collective is calling for industry companies and agencies who are interested in attending the event or submitting materials for display.

The 2009 BIO International Convention is expected to attract more than 20,000 bioscience professionals from the industry’s pharmaceutical, research and development, medical device and diagnostics, environmental and agricultural fields across 48 states and over 60 countries. Currently, the Tech Collective is seeking to collect news, informational and promotional materials from RI’s Bioscience Community to display and showcase in Atlanta. This exhibition opportunity is at no cost to Tech Collective member companies.

“We have a diverse, robust and opportunistic Biosciences industry here in Rhode Island,” said Kathie Shields, executive director of the Tech Collective, “the 2009 BIO International Convention is an ideal opportunity to showcase that among hundreds of other 21st Century Bio companies and organizations. Unfortunately, tightening budgets combined with the already limited availability and funding of our Bioscience companies can make it difficult to attend this event. Tech Collective encourages, any RI Bio company of any size or focus to contact me directly and we will be sure your company has a place at the Convention in May.”

This is the second time in Rhode Island’s history that is has been present at this industry-leading event. The first was in 2007, when the Convention was held in Boston, and the Tech Collective, which is the state’s BIO affiliate partner, organized RI’s pavilion. More than 15 Rhode Island companies, two higher educational institutions and 3 state organizations were represented at the pavilion, which also welcomed several distinguished guests including Governor Donald L. Carcieri, Lt. Governor Elizabeth H. Roberts and Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline.

The Convention will additionally debut the annual BioWorld Expansion and Relocation Guide, which will showcase Rhode Island as one of the top ten “Bio Hotspots” in the United States for the third year in a row. Rhode Island’s Bioscience industry employs more than 4,700 people within the state and generates an estimated $526 million in direct and “multiplier effect” revenues, according to BIO.

For more information on Rhode Island’s presence at the 2009 Bio International Convention and to get involved, contact Kathie Shields at (401) 521-7805 x105 / kshields@tech-collective.org. The deadline for submissions is May 4, 2009.

About BIO
BIO is the world's largest biotechnology organization, providing advocacy, business development and communications services for more than 1,200 members worldwide. Our mission is to be the champion of biotechnology and the advocate for our member organizations—both large and small. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology technologies. Corporate members range from entrepreneurial companies developing a first product to Fortune 100 multinationals. We also represent state and regional biotech associations, service providers to the industry and academic centers. Visit www.bio.org for more information.

About NEBA
Formed in November of 2008, NEBA is non-profit, member driven organization representing over 600 members from all six New England states and comprised of state biotech associations, biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, and other organizations with a collective mission to support and grow the biotechnology industry in New England. As the regional policy and public affairs voice for the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industry in New England, NEBA is committed to educating policy makers and the public about the biotech industry; promoting public policies that foster innovation; encouraging economic development in the biotech sector; and advocating continued patient access to life-saving and life-improving breakthrough biotechnology medicines. For more information about NEBA, visit www.newenglandbiotech.org

About Tech Collective
Tech Collective is the technology industry association of Rhode Island. Focusing on Community Building and Workforce Development, we are driving technology growth, innovation and prosperity by uniting industry, government and education. Tech Collective builds and strengthens community by creating partnerships, offering thought-provoking forums and organizing state-wide participation in events like Forward Thinking, BioTuesday, Bio Ed, GRRL Tech and Technology Laureate’s Night. In promoting and developing a highly-skilled Rhode Island workforce, Tech Collective drives technology-based education and training programs for students in grades K-16 as well as for incumbent and transitioning workers. For more information about Tech Collective initiatives and events, please visit www.tech-collective.org

Giselle LaFrance
Communications Specialist
Tech Collective
(401) 829-8321

Tech Collective
Giselle LaFrance, Communications Specialist
(401) 829-8321