The Best of #BIO2014

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It’s been a week filled with insight and inspiration at the 2014 BIO International Convention.  As I relive all the best moments of the convention on my trip home, I wanted to share some of them with you:

  • Leveraging Digital Tools: On Monday, I had the opportunity to discuss how social media can empower people to improve the future of health care.
  • Power of Partnership:  The second day of BIO started with a Q&A on Lilly’s unique partnership model with Vice President, Global External Research & Development, Elaine Sullivan.  
  • Industry’s Impact: A dynamic session featuring governors from 3 states helped highlight the economic and global health impact of the biotech industry.
  • Collaborating for Change: In a guest post, Jan Lundberg, President of Lilly Research Laboratories, introduced the Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP). Later in the day, he was joined by Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health and Meryl Comer, President of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation’s Alzheimer’s Initiative for a discussion on the importance of this new collaboration.
  • Patient-Centered Care:  Ensuring that we place the needs of people first came up as a recurrent theme throughout the week, especially in relation to cancer care.
  • Talking Trade:  With representatives from 62 countries around the world, the convention provided an excellent opportunity to discuss pending agreements like TPP and TTIP.
  • Global Industry:  The We Are The World Super Session on Thursday emphasized the truly global nature of our industry, and the power derived from supporting the innovation ecosystem.

If you attended BIO this year, we’d love to hear your takeaways from the convention in the comments section. If you weren’t able to make it, we hope this blog, as well as our Twitter and Facebook, helped you keep up with all that was happening. You can also review our Storify of the week to get an in depth look at the conversation throughout the week:

Hope to see you at BIO 2015 and, until then, let’s keep the conversation going!