The title may seem a bit catchy, but that’s what lot of companies told me during my visit at BIO-Europe 2014 in Francfort. Why is it so? Surely because of the high profile of attendees, attracted by the prestigious brand and the leadership of BIO’s events.
To open the cession, Anna Chrisman, Group managing Director of BIO-Europe’s organizer EBD Group, gave us some statistics about this 20 years old event. In 1995, first year of BIO-Europe, they started with 60 one-to-one meetings between 95 companies and 97 attendees with a physical system of pins on a board for scheduling meetings. Last year, 3 202 participants from 1 841 companies were attending 17 874 meetings! Numbers could easily explain the success of this event in Europe, where other events doesn’t reach this score. Choosing Francfort was also a good idea from organizers. The « economic center of Germany » has a fruitful past with life sciences. It’s the birthplace of modern therapy thanks to the Salvarsan of Paul Ehrlich but also the city of Emil Von Behring,