Governor Baker will fly to California today to take part in the 2017 International BIO Conference. This follows on the heels of his proposal for a $500 million, 5-year extension of the life sciences initiative put in place by his predecessor in 2008.
“BIO is a big opportunity for us to talk about the great stuff that’s going here, but also to make the case to a lot of folks that there’s a tremendous ecosystem here across all kinds of technology and innovative sectors and I would like to take that opportunity to make that case to people,” Baker said.
And the governor isn’t the only state worker headed west this week to attend the life sciences convention in San Diego. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center President and CEO Travis McCready, House and Economic Development Assistant Secretary for Business Growth Mike Kennealy, senior advisor and Chief Secretary Tim Buckley and Deputy Chief of Staff Mike Vallarelli are joining Baker on his trip to California.
According to McCready, the life sciences center is sending director of business development and regional strategy chief Ben Bradford, senior business development associate Sandhya Iyer, senior associate for industry programs Monica Anc and director of government affairs Colin Donnelly.
Thousands of industry insiders will be in attendance and Baker plans to address the conference on Wednesday. The convention will move to Boston in 2018.
In an interview from San Diego, McCready said he plans to promote Baker’s new investment proposal, meet with people considering business development opportunities in Massachusetts and tout the Bay State as a place where companies can meet manufacturing needs as well as research and development. (Source: Worcester Business Journal Online, 20 June, 2017)
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