Sioux Falls, state represented at BIO
The Sioux Falls Development Foundation (SFDF) and the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) teamed up to attract biomedical companies to South Dakota at the 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago's McCormick Place April 22-25.
The BIO conference was the perfect opportunity to prospect for companies that fit the medical services and research science target industry. SFDF President Slater Barr and Director of Strategic Initiatives Dean Dziedzic met new contacts in the exhibit area. With the help of business development firm Gruber-Phillips, SFDF and GOED also met one-on-one with 12 qualified and confirmed prospects interested in expanding or locating in South Dakota. In addition, the SFDF and GOED partnered to host a luncheon for eight site selection consultants. They presented the advantages of locating a business in South Dakota.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Slater Barr also had media appointments with the Wall Street Journal and The Economist.Pictured are the Governor and Barr visiting with WSJ reporters.
In the 20th Anniversary year of the BIO conference, approximately 16,500 attendees from 65 countries around the world attended; one out of three from outside the U.S. There were about 2,000 exhibitors at the conference, including the state of South Dakota. Other exhibitors included top 25 pharmaceutical companies, 300-plus academic research institutions, 60-plus internal and U.S. state pavilions, and six product focus zones.