Life Science Companies to Build Global Partnerships at BioPartnering North America


    BRITISH COLUMBIA, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Companies from around the globe will be
scouting for business partnership opportunities as they gather at the 7th
annual BioPartnering North America (BPN) conference, being held February 8-10,
2009 in Vancouver.

    With approximately 1,000 delegates from over 500 companies in 30
countries, BPN delivers a wide range of events focused on building
opportunities for strategic business partnering and a forum supporting global

    "B.C. has one of the largest life sciences clusters in Canada and North
America," said Richard Hallman, Director of Life Sciences with the British
Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC). "BCIC is pleased to be joining
BioPartnering North America as a Platinum sponsor - it will be a great
opportunity for B.C. to showcase our world-class research and biopharma
businesses to the international audience. The event is the largest biotech
partnering event in North America, bringing decision-makers from international
biotechnology, pharmaceutical and investment companies to B.C."

    BioPartnering North America Highlights

    -   Company presentations from 94 innovative companies pitching their
        partnering goals and objectives for their emerging technologies in
        the growing area of life sciences.

    -   Leadership sessions and workshops offering a diverse program with
        interesting topics, provocative panelists, and interactive

    -   One-to-one networking opportunities with decision-makers to encourage
        the succession of building partnerships and signing the deal.

    -   The BioPartnering North America Reception with Small Business,
        Technology and Economic Development Minister Ida Chong, hosted by
        BCIC, on February 9, 2009 at the Vancouver Gallery.

    Co-hosted by Life Sciences British Columbia, BIOTECanada, and BioAlberta,
the conference draws attendance from companies located locally and abroad,
including Canada, the US, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific.

    Event Details

    February 8-10, 2009, The Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver,
 British Columbia

    Media Opportunities

    Media are encouraged to register in advance for complimentary media
tickets by visiting For more information about
BPN, visit

    For an interview with Richard Hallman, visit:

    About the BC Innovation Council

    The BC Innovation Council (BCIC) is the lead organization charged with
advancing innovation and commercialization in British Columbia. BCIC is
focused on accelerating the growth of our science and technology communities
and competitively positioning British Columbia in the global science and
technology economy in order to provide significant employment opportunities
and a high standard of living for British Columbians. BCIC is a Crown agency
of the Province of British Columbia. For more information about BCIC, visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Stephanie Leung, Communications
Coordinator, British Columbia Innovation Council, (604) 602-5249,

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