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Bio International Convention


The Mid-Atlantic – Russia Business Council invites you to

The 10th Semi-Annual Biotechnological
Russian-American Innovation Technology Week (RANIT – BIO)
May 13 – 21, 2009

Russian-American Innovation Technology Week (RANIT) brings together entrepreneurs, scientists, venture capitalists, and established corporations within the American and Russian technology industries. RANIT, organized by the Mid-Atlantic - Russia Business Council (MARBC), is the most significant semi-annual event devoted to Russian-American technology and business cooperation. Based on past success, RANIT is now held twice a year, and includes an increasing number of regional technology events, seminars, panel discussions, roundtable meetings, trade shows, conferences, and networking events. The 10th RANIT will highlight biotechnology and nanotechnology, and will conclude with participation in the world’s largest biotechnology exhibition, the 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta. The Russian delegation that will take part in the 10th RANIT-BIO will consist of representatives from the foremost Russian companies in biotechnology, nanotechnology and related industries. The Russian delegation, including mayors and executives from regions in Russia with strong connections to these industries, will take part in key RANIT events.

10th RANIT-BIO will begin in Philadelphia and Washington on May 13-16, 2009

Starting in Philadelphia, special events at RANIT-BIO will include a welcoming ceremony and conference in the Mayor’s Reception Room at Philadelphia City Hall on May 13th. Keynote speakers at the welcoming ceremony and conference will include presidents of American and Russian biotechnology associations as well as Russian mayors and Mid-Atlantic state officials. The Russian delegation will also visit the International Incubator at the Science Center, participate in a roundtable on the commercialization of nanotechnologies and a seminar on venture capital funds specializing in biotechnology, and meet with members of biotechnology associations from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

A few recent developments have made biotechnology cooperation between Russia and the Mid-Atlantic states particularly attractive. First, the Russian government has drafted a “National Program for the Development of Biotechnology in Russia until 2015,” which emphasizes the regional development of bioclusters. Second, state governments in the Mid-Atlantic region have enacted favorable policies that have further enhanced the region’s standing as a leader in the field of biotechnology. Further strengthening commercial ties between the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region and Russia, in 2008 Pennsylvania became the first U.S. state to open a trade office in Russia. Within this context the MARBC has made Russian-American scientific and technical cooperation in biotechnology one of its top priorities. MARBC has facilitated American participation in several of the most significant biotechnology conferences and events in Russia, including EurasiaBIO, held at the Moscow World Trade Center, the “Biotech World” International Exhibition, and the International Congress “Biotechnology: State of the Art and Prospects of Development,” which are held annually in the House of the Moscow Government.

The key and concluding event of the 10th RANIT will be

BIO 2009

May 18 – 21, 2009

in Atlanta

BIO is the world’s largest and most impressive exhibition and conference
for experts in the field of biotechnology

Mid-Atlantic - Russia Business Council (MARBC) has played an important role in previous years at BIO International Convention, serving as the official organizer of the Russian delegation to BIO 2005, BIO 2006, BIO 2007 and BIO 2008, as part of MARBC’s undertaking to build a bridge between the Russian and American biotechnology communities. The Russian business program at BIO 2005 was organized in the context of the Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology Week (RANIT), and included a Russian mini-pavilion and participation by members of the Russian delegation in various events of BIO 2005. At BIO 2006 in Chicago, as well as at BIO 2007 in Boston, MARBC organized a Country Seminar on Russia eaturing panel discussions and presentations from leading experts on doing business in Russia. MARBC also presented the Russian biotechnology industry in the International Marketplace during the conference’s International Day.


As in Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, and San Diego, the MARBC will again serve as the official organizer of the Russian delegation to 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta. MARBC will present Russian biotechnology companies and organize an exposition on the achievements of Russian scientists and manufacturers in biotechnology and related industries. Focusing upon “Russia’s Emerging Bio-economy: New Developments in Regional Bioclusters, Biofuels, and Bionanotechnology,” MARBC will present the Russian biotechnology industry during the BIO 2009 International Day on May 20, 2009. The Country Seminar will be held in Room B308 at the Georgia World Congress Center (Building B) at 9:00am.

For additional information about participation in the 10th RANIT-BIO, please contact Val Kogan, Mid-Atlantic-Russia Business Council by phone: (215) 708-2628, email: val@ma-rbc.org.



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