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Alliance Travels: BioSpain 2016

In September, the Alliance traveled to Bilbao, Spain to attend BIOSPAIN 2016. In attendance were: 

  • Laura Hayes, Director of Business Development, HREDA
  • Vicente Alvarez Fanjul, Director of Foreign Investment Europe, HREDA
  • Ben White, Assistant Director of Development, City of Chesapeake
  • Chuck Rigney, Director of Economic Development, City of Norfolk
  • Warren Harris, Director, Virginia Beach Economic Development
  • Steve Harrison, Business Development and Research Manager,  Virginia Beach Economic Development


BIOSPAIN is the largest biotech event organized by a national bioindustry association in Europe. The show contains 3,300+ one-to-one meetings and 850+ companies. Over 34% of the show’s delegates come from outside of Spain for a total of 37 countries represented.

Alliance Staff presents at BioSpain 2016

BIOSPAIN is organized by ASEBIO, the Spanish BioIndustry Association (BIA) and each edition is co-organized by a local institution from the host city/region. Biospain 2016  was co-organized by the Basque Government through the SPRI, the Basque Business Development Agency. The Alliance has developed relations with both organizations over the last few years. 

The show had several components including small breakout presentations, matchmaking and the exhibition show floor. During our trip, the Alliance was able to utilize the breakout presentations and exhibition show floor portions of the event. The team organized and hosted a networking and informational booth as well as presented in a breakout session to promote the regional assets of Hampton Roads. Through a partnering program, the Alliance staff and locality representatives held over 30 meetings with emerging biotech and biomedical companies.

The biotech and life science industry is an emerging target industry for Hampton Roads. Approximately 87,000 people are employed in the medical and life sciences industry in our region alone. As a Commonwealth, the industry is even larger, totaling $7.4 billion in economic impact for Virginia. 

The Alliance would like to thank the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach for accompanying us on this mission. We are optimistic about the results and look forward to seeing this industry continue to grow in the Hampton Roads region. At BIOSPAIN, the Alliance promoted the region as a center for the bio and life sciences industry by leveraging local companies and research institutes such as Jefferson Labs, LifeNet Health, Computerized Imaging Reference Systems, Operation Smile and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS).

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