BIO International Convention Comes to Philadelphia; Fels Alumnus Fritz Bittenbender Serves as Executive Vice President

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By Nora Laberee (SAS ’18) 

This past week over 15,000 scientists, innovators, and investors descended on the City of Brotherly Love, as Philadelphia was selected to host the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) 2015 International Convention, the largest, annual biotechnology gathering on the globe. This pivotal event for the biotechnology industry attracts the biggest names in the business and offers unparalleled opportunities for networking and partnering. 

Fels alumnus Fritz Bittenbender, '98, who was president of the trade group Pennsylvania Bio when Philadelphia last hosted the international biotech convention in 2006, came back for BIO 2015 as Executive Vice President of the organization.  Bittenbender heads the Alliance Development and State Government Regulations at BIO and was quoted, as noted here at the International Convention as saying, “The Convention is where the global biotech community meets, connecting the people, companies and innovations that help fulfill the promise of biotechnology through healing, fueling and feeding the world.”

The decision to hold the convention in Philadelphia was fitting as the region’s robust reputation as a center for innovation makes it a perfect venue for BIO.  The sheer volume of biotech industry members at the four-day convention made this a can’t-miss connection for those interested in identifying major trends in all aspects of the biotechnology and life sciences industries, including investments, state initiatives and economic development, and the international marketplace. And Penn’s place in the celebrationand the sciencewas evident everywhere.

Congratulations to Fritz Bittenbender and to the City of Philadelphia. BIO 2015 was a great success.

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