BioMarine 2013 – Halifax

BioMarine leads the way for biomarine trans-sector discussions, business opportunities, and consolidations of the industry.

Thanks to the National Research Council of Canada, our Co-organizer, and our sponsors, the 4th edition of BioMarine Business Convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia, finished on exciting new opportunities with multiple implications. The success of the 2013 edition is undeniably linked with the unprecedented and strong mobilization of key leaders across our industry.
Indeed, our list of attendees included:

  • 22 countries
  • 67% of CEOs and Top executives
  • 212 SMEs, companies, and major research institutions

The host country provided the main stream of participating companies, followed by Norway and Portugal, which were able to gather the largest foreign delegations to our international gathering. We are also grateful for the contributions made by the USA, Ireland, Britany, Mozambique, and China. A special thanks for Monaco and HSH Prince Albert II and his Foundation, which has always supported our initiative and whose commitment to our industry and community is essential.

Throughout the two days, the Halifax edition acted as a real cross road for innovation and applied research development. With the launch of the EUREKA network in North America, the NRC will definitively be able to foster international collaborative initiatives and create new gateways between Asia, Europe and North America.

The launch of the BioMarine international Clusters Association – B.I.C.A.- in Halifax has also been welcomed by the industry that seeks to accelerate the development of their SMEs while securing access to international financing. It was established that the synergy between BioMarine platforms and the association BioMarine International Clusters association would significantly boost trade and promote business opportunities at the international level without creating a redundant structure. BICA is positioned to complement regional and national clusters by providing a unique network of international expertise.

BioMarine2013 was also the place for collaborative works. The XPRIZE Foundation for instance, decided to launch and announced its new challenge during the Halifax Convention. Let’s assume it is just the beginning of a new exciting series.

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Halifax 2013 videos

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HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
Interviewed by Dr Paul Bunje, XPrize Foundation, USA

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HE Mona Elisabeth Brøther
Ambassador, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Ottawa

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Thad Simons
CEO, Novus International Inc, USA

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Roman Szumski
Vice President Life Sciences, National Research Council of Canada

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Bryce Wylde
Alternative Health Expert, CEO, MyStatus, Canada

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Dr Paul Bunje
Senior Director, Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, XPrize Foundation, USA

BioMarine 2013 Key facts

BioMarine Business Convention 2013 took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Our partnership with the National Research Council of Canada has allowed us to join a network of unique skills in the world of marine bioresources. BioMarine’s regional proximity to the federal government and federal labs, applied commercial research and developmental activities, academic excellence and a growing number of angel and venture investors make it a uniquely valuable event for those in the life sciences community: the epicenter of marine bioscience, capital and policy.

BioMarine attendees represented the most targeted group of professionals involved in marine bioresources and contributed to the development of our industry. They became an active player in discussions about future regulations.