Howard Jacob, HudsonAlpha executive vice president for genomic medicine, is interviewed at BIO International.
Howard Jacob, HudsonAlpha Executive Vice President for Genomic Medicine, is interviewed at BIO International. Howard Jacob is the recipient of BIO International’s 2016 Future Maker Award.

Earlier this month, HudsonAlpha was part of a delegation representing Alabama biosciences at the BIO International Convention in San Francisco, the biotech sector’s largest annual conference. Together in the BioAlabama pavilion, the Alabama Department of Commerce, UAB and others, exhibited along with other leaders in the industry.

Representatives of HudsonAlpha, including associate companies GeneCapture, iCubate, CFD Research Corp. and iXpress Genes, were among the more than 15,000 life sciences attendees from around the world. They connected with representatives of bioscience organizations, site selection experts, investors, and executives from large pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

“BioAlabama’s mission is to promote biotechnology innovation in the state by raising visibility and creating the right environment to facilitate growth of existing biotech companies and to attract new opportunities in life sciences,” said Carter Wells, the organization’s immediate past chairman and Vice President of Economic Development for the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

“Alabama is the right place for biotech, and we look forward to sharing that message on an international stage,” Wells added. At the BIO conference, Ted Clem, who heads Commerce’s Office of Business Recruitment and Retention, took part in meetings with industry leaders and participate in networking opportunities. Clem oversees project managers charged with bringing new investment and jobs to the state.

“Alabama’s bioscience institutions possess demonstrated skills and expertise, perfectly positioning them for productive partnerships and collaborations in many industry disciplines,” said Secretary Greg Canfield who leads the Alabama Department of Commerce.

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