MTPConnect Heads to BIO 2022 to Help Re-introduce Australia’s Biotech and Pharma Capabilities to the World

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10 June 2022

Pictured: Western Australian life sciences mission to the United States is underway ahead of BIO 2022. The group led by Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC, WA’s Minister for Innovation, ICT and Medical Research, visited Stryker's R&D and manufacturing facility in San Jose and met with international executives.

A team from MTPConnect is heading to San Diego, California for the 2022 Biotechnology Innovation Organisation (BIO) International Convention.  

MTPConnect is joining AusBiotech as co-exhibitor of the Australian pavilion, and as the convention returns to an in-person event after two years of pandemic travel restrictions, we’re expecting a 300-strong Australian delegation.

During the convention, the largest business partnering event for the sector in the world, MTPConnect Chair Sue MacLeman, CEO Stuart Dignam and Director Stakeholder Engagement for Western Australia Dr Tracey Wilkinson will be on the ground working with Australian companies and international sector leaders, promoting Australia at key events and attending a series of meetings including:

  • CSIRO reception with Australia’s Ambassador to the United States, Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO 
  • WA delegation networking event with Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC, WA’s Minister for Innovation, ICT and Medical Research, hosted by the MTPConnect WA Life Science Innovation Hub
  • Queensland precision medicine and clinical trials showcase
  • NSW breakfast & panel discussion/showcase hosted by NSW Government
  • Victorian Government networking and sector engagement event
  • Asia Pacific Reception
  • AusBiotech BIO roundtable dialogue
  • Austrade market briefing with Australia’s Consul-General and Trade & Investment Commissioner, Mr Benson Saulo
  • Brandon Capital BioCatalyst International Dinner

Our team in Perth, led by Dr Tracey Wilkinson and Jo Glew, has been working closely with the WA government to support the Western Australian life sciences mission to the United States. 

Minister Dawson and WA Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken are travelling with a strong business and research delegation to promote the state’s growing health and medical research, innovation and ICT and life sciences sectors.

At the BIO convention, WA’s delegation, represented in the Australian Pavilion, is supporting 13 organisations from across the health and medical research and life sciences sector to address opportunities including drug discovery, bio-manufacturing, genomics, biofuels, nanotechnology and cell therapy.

"The mission will provide opportunities to promote WA as a vibrant, significant and continually growing leader in the burgeoning local, national and international health and medical research, innovation and ICT and life sciences sectors”, said Innovation and ICT and Medical Research Minister Stephen Dawson.

"Missions such as this are essential to continuing the growth of WA's health and medical research, innovation and ICT and life sciences, which support the diversification of the economy and create more jobs for Western Australians," said Mr Dawson.

MTPConnect CEO Stuart Dignam says it is great to be helping Australian companies with an eye on the US market to seize the opportunity to connect and showcase their capabilities to international customers at BIO.

“From Nobel laureates and breakthroughs like penicillin and the cervical cancer vaccine, Australia’s health and medical researchers have been responsible for some of the greatest discoveries of the modern era.

“With a strong ecosystem of start-ups through to manufacturing companies, Australia is uniquely positioned to foster innovative, commercial collaborations with international organisations.

‘After more than two years of travel restrictions, our strong message to the global community is that Australia is very much ‘open for business’.

“We wish the best to all the Australian delegates and look forward to connecting with Australian companies during their visit at Booth 4907,” said Mr Dignam.

Around 17,000 participants are expected to attend BIO 2022 over the four-day program from 13-16 June 2022.