Navigating the massive exhibition floor at the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s annual convention at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is a geographic experience like no other.
Spain borders Massachusetts. Canada is located between France and Maryland.
The scale is also out of whack: North Carolina dwarfs China. Georgia is larger than Australia and New Zealand combined.
The skewed geography is particularly vivid because this year so many of the large, ambitious “pavilions” at the convention are sponsored by countries, states and regions, not companies.
Large biotechnology firms are still represented: Biogen Idec Inc., Alkermes, and Samsung Biologics are all here. But the biggest splashes are being made by geographic regions that are serving as umbrellas for companies.
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