Wisconsin’s pavilion and related events at the BIO International Convention will feature a “family” of organizations, colleges and programs with ties to UW-Madison, one of the nation’s leading research universities in the life sciences.

Up to 20,000 people from 40 states and 50 countries are expected to attend the June 27-30 convention at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The annual gathering is the world’s largest for the biotech sector, covering medical, agricultural and environmental biotechnology sectors with a theme of healing, fueling and feeding the world.

The Wisconsin pavilion on the BIO exhibition floor so far includes the UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, University Research Park, the Morgridge Institute for Research, the Waisman Clinical BioManufacturing Facility, the Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station, the Medical Device Technology Office, the Physical Sciences Lab and the WiCell Research Institute. Beyond those specific participating entities, UW-Madison’s presence broadly includes representation from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the School of Medicine and Public Health and the College of Engineering.

“Our office and the university are excited to be a part of the Wisconsin pavilion,” said Charles Hoslet, managing director of UW-Madison’s Office of Corporate Relations. “Not only is the Washington area home to most of the federal government’s bioscience research arms, but it’s a thriving center for biotech companies. This is a tremendous opportunity to attract a global audience and highlight the biotech resources and expertise at the UW and around Wisconsin.”

The UW-Madison attracts and spends $1 billion per year on research and development, about two-thirds of which is clustered in the life sciences.

Other BIO-related events involving Wisconsin will include a joint reception with Minnesota and the Province of Manitoba, which has a working relationship with both states, and other networking events in or around the convention floor. In addition, a number of Wisconsin companies will take part in BIO’s one-on-one partnering and presentation forums.

To become a pavilion or related event sponsor, contact Jodi Hoeser, national conference director for the Wisconsin Technology Council, at 608-442-7557 ext. 26.