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Senator Spilka Promoting MA as Life Sciences Leader at BIO International Convention!

June 26, 2011

Just a few months after being a part of a successful trade mission to Finland, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, will join top officials and Massachusetts leaders at the 2011 BIO International Convention.

The Convention, which is the largest global event for the biotechnology industry, will be a unique opportunity to work on establishing connections with international businesses while also highlighting the Commonwealth’s reputation as a leader in health care technology, life sciences and research.

The BIO Convention will host a variety of networking opportunities where Spilka, along with other leaders, will meet with international governments and business representatives to pitch the state as a great place to do business and collaborate with. Through creating and strengthening these partnerships with international communities, the state’s economy and workforce will have the opportunity for tremendous growth.

Over the course of two days at the BIO Convention, Senator Spilka will be able to build upon her economic development and job creation work and the connections she made during the bi-partisan trade mission in April. The mission was a result of Finland’s recent involvement in the Northern Ireland Massachusetts Connection which promotes e-health, telehealth and life sciences while also working to make Massachusetts the portal to the United States for European health care technology and life sciences companies.

“This Convention, like our recent trade mission, will give us the chance to further develop collaborations with international communities and solidify our reputation as a leader in these cutting edge industries,” said Spilka, who also serves as the Senate Chair of the BioTech Legislative Caucus. “Nations like Finland and Northern Ireland recognize our state’s leadership in these fields and we expect that there will be some exciting announcements and opportunities with these two nations made at this year’s BIO International Convention.”

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is partnering with MassBio to produce this year’s Massachusetts Pavilion at the Convention. Here, people from all over the world will be able to learn about the Commonwealth’s work and leadership in the life sciences industry, as well as the ways in which the state has already developed active collaboration and investments with outside businesses. The MA Pavilion will also promote the 2012 BIO International Convention, which will take place in Boston next June. Hosting the Convention in Boston next year shows the Commonwealth’s strong and continuing commitment to supporting these high-tech industries.

As Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, Senator Spilka has been working to create and strengthen collaborations with international governments and businesses for years. Her Economic Development Reform law, passed in 2010, included the creation of the Mass Marketing Partnership which works to market the state to companies within the nation and abroad to bring in additional business and revenue for the Commonwealth.


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