WEDC is partnering with University Research Park and BioForward to invite Wisconsin bioscience companies to apply for scholarships to attend the BIO International Convention, the largest biotechnology conference in the world. Scholarship recipients will receive access to one-on-one partnering opportunities with internationally recognized companies in the bioscience industry at the June convention in San Diego.

BIO provides companies with the opportunity to network with potential partners, buyers, investors, suppliers and services providers, and the BIO one-on-one partnering system is one of the most efficient and economical ways for businesses to connect with these individuals. BioForward and WEDC partnered for the 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago, which boasted 107 Wisconsin companies in attendance, 213 Wisconsin attendees, and 644 partnering meetings in BIO’s one-on-one partnering system.


The Midwest, which includes Wisconsin and seven other states, is steadily emerging as a health research and innovation powerhouse or Super Cluster. According to a report by iBio, the region includes more than 16,800 biotechnology establishments, employing more than 377,900 people. By comparison, California has 7,500 biotechnology establishments that employ 230,000 people, and the East Coast cluster employs 253,000 among its approximately 7,100 biotechnology establishments.

BIO 2014 scholarship applications are due at 4 p.m. March 17, 2014, and can be sent to For more information about the scholarship opportunity, please visit