BIO 2015: Keeping calm and BIOing on

This past week, I represented GSK’s Emerging Markets and Asia Pacific territories at the 2015 BIO Convention in Philadelphia alongside colleagues from India, Korea, and Brazil.

This is the third year I’ve attended BIO and I continue to find it a fantastic forum to engage with key policy makers all over the globe. In fact, I don’t think there is any other place where I can have conversations with government officials from over 30 countries!

The past few days have been jam-packed, as they always tend to be at BIO. Here’s a rundown of what my trip looked like...

MONDAY: I hosted a delegation of government officials from  India and Middle East/North Africa at our R&D facility in Upper Providence, PA. This was very powerful as they were able to witness innovation first hand and understand why having an environment that enables science is so important.

TUESDAY: I began a series of meetings with officials from Algeria, Taiwan, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, India, and Thailand. Each meeting provided me with a unique perspective on how these markets work, what their governments’ priorities are and what types of ideas there are about how we can work even better with our stakeholders to improve the lives of patients in each country. Although it is a bit like “speed dating,” the interactions are invaluable and lay the groundwork for our teams to engage locally.

WEDNESDAY: I spoke on the Turkey and Brazil panels during the Emerging Markets session. I was joined by esteemed panelists from industry, government, and academia. I shared GSK’s collaborative approach in both markets and what factors enable a company like GSK to invest.  I thought the discussion was lively and the debate was thought provoking.

As I head home and reflect on my time at BIO, I continue to be impressed with the constructive approach and dialogue the organization has created at the convention. They have managed to engage with a range of stakeholders on an important agenda and are still able to shake hands at the end of the meetings. I am already looking forward to San Francisco in 2016!