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BIO International Convention

Showcasing the region's life science expertise

When the BIO International Convention gets underway on 4-7 June in Boston, USA, Business Region Göteborg will be on hand showcasing the region and its life science expertise. But competition is stiff with around 16,000 attendees from over 70 nations.

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"I already have over 20 pre-booked meetings with top decision-makers from companies such as Eli-lilly, Fortress Biotech, Ipsen Pharma, Amgen, EA Pharma and Daewoong Pharmaceuticals," says Iris Öhrn, investment advisor for life science at Business Region Göteborg.

Iris Öhrn is taking part in the one-on-one partnering event and will also be based at the Nordics stand located at 1348.

"When we first attended BIO, four years ago, it was very difficult to get high-quality meetings and to stand-out among the over 60+ countries that attend every year. The fact that the Nordics has surpassed many larger nations when it comes to developing new technologies is definitively playing a big role in how we are perceived today. We have a great entrepreneurial environment, which is also easily noticeable in the statistics.”

Iris Örhn says that the aim at BIO International Convention is to showcase the most exciting and prominent companies from our region and to create long-term relationships with potential investors.  

"Many companies and investors meet us [the Nordics] to get inspired about upcoming trends. We have always been very progressive. We have produced many unicorns within ICT and financing," says Iris Öhrn. 

She adds that health care is a huge area of opportunity. Large sums of start-up funding went to healthcare and biotech in 2017 and she expects even higher valuations this year.

"Digitalization, including AI, machine learning, robotics and so on are reshaping the healthcare industry; and West Sweden with its new national Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Technology centres is well equipped to be a strong contributor."

The Nordics at BIO is a joint pavilion for the Nordic countries Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.  Business Sweden, Innovation Norway, Turku Business Region, BioNordics and Nordic Mentor Network for Entrepreneurship can all be found at the stand.

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