Oklahoma gets chance to brag during biotech trade show

Published: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 7:00 am By: Jim Stafford

The Oklahoman

ATLANTA - More than 60 Oklahomans will take the floor of the Georgia World Congress Center here this week, providing a big presence for the state at one of the world's largest industry networking events, the BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) 2009 trade show.

The Oklahomans will be seeking to connect with potential business partners, clients and investors among the anticipated 20,000 people at the annual convention of the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

The convention began Monday and continues through Thursday.

The Oklahoma contingent is a mix of economic development officers, researchers and entrepreneurs. Their goal is to showcase Oklahoma's flourishing life sciences community in front of a vast industry audience.

"It's an opportunity for Oklahoma scientists and early stage companies to find people to collaborate and partner with," said Robin Roberts-Krieger, executive vice president of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. "It's very unusual in an industry where you can go to one place and bring everyone together."

The Oklahoma group also will host more than 200 guests tonight in a networking event sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the Oklahoma Business Roundtable.

In addition, Oklahomans will participate in many partnering sessions throughout the show.

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