Texas has never featured as a venue before for any BPOG or BioPhorum meeting. So it was with some excitement that senior executives from the member companies assembled in Houston, Texas, USA, in May for their annual meeting.

They were not disappointed with the famous Texan hospitality as tours were conducted in Lonza’s new Houston facility and Fujifilm’s College Station facility.

Industry veterans, Pat Yang, Juno Therapeutics, and Andy Skibo, Head of Biologics Operations, Astra Zeneca delivered keynote talks, drawing on their respective decades of experience in the industry. The ‘Antibody Years’ offered several learning points for the promising new wave of innovative Cell and Gene Therapies that are now reaching the market.

As well as hearing a number of company case studies and updates, the meeting was able to tap into experts from Texas Medical Centre and A&M University to consider how Texas is emerging as an upcoming life science cluster.

The meeting was covered by local press in Bryan/College Station where FujiFilm’s facility is based. The Research Valley Partnership, who work with A&M University, covered the event in their news here.  It also received coverage on College Station’s local TV channel, KBTX, within the local newspaper, The Eagle and on local radio station WTAW.

Reflections from the event participants established that networking with peers from the other companies and learning about new ideas were the main benefits of attending. Discussing common challenges in an open and informal setting was also appreciated and there was a strong feeling that Texas would now become a more regular destination for BioPhorum meetings whatever their shape and focus.

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