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June 19, 2012
Tamir Kalifa for The Boston Globe
Thousands filled the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on the first day of the BIO International Convention.
Tomo Matsushita of Japan met with Israelis Dr. Yoram Devary and professor Uziel Sandler at the Israeli exhibition.
An electronic billboard flashed outside of the convention center.
Susan Windham-Bannister, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center's president and CEO, met with representatives from ShanghaiBio Corp.
Representatives from different Korean biotechnology companies meet in separate booths.
Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff
Before the convention, a crated DNA strand display from Global Experience Specialist sat ready to be unpacked.
Companies began preparing their booths well in advance of the event.
The convention runs from June 18 - 21 and attracts exhibitors, researchers, and others from around the globe.