The BIO International Convention, a beacon of scientific discovery and entrepreneurial spirit, is the biggest conference for bioscience, drawing 15,000+ attendees from across the globe. Biotech and pharma executives, investors, researchers, and regulators flocked to the convention, their collective energy sparking new ideas and forging connections.

Each year, the City of Phoenix invites startups, entrepreneurs, researchers, and more to showcase what’s happening in Phoenix and its commitment to fostering growth and propelling the industry forward. The city invited Patti DuBois, Assistant Executive Director, to serve as a judge in the Startup Stadium. In this exciting arena, emerging companies pitched their innovations to investors. Patti shared her expertise in pitching bio innovations with startup companies.

The City of Phoenix also sponsored the ImmunoShield Therapeutics team, a CEI client, to attend and pitch at Startup Stadium. This is a major opportunity, with bio investors serving as judges and the audience.

The CEI team jumped in to help Matthew Becker prepare to pitch at Start-up Stadium. At the Startup Stadium, his pitch resonated with authenticity and purpose, capturing the audience with his ability to break down a technically complex topic into something everyone could understand. 

Matt says of his experience, “As for the actual conference, BIO could not have gone better for ImmunoShield. Our CSO Jessica and I had some fantastic meetings with potential partner companies that otherwise may have never happened. Besides that, Start-up Stadium was short but sweet. I was able to pitch in front of and meet with, biotech investors – a couple of which showed interest in the company. Additionally, Jessica and I met the CEO of another company that pitched in the same session who is in a similar scientific space but further along in funding and development. They shared some insights and are a great addition to our network. Regardless of the outcome of Start-up Stadium, networking and getting ImmunoShield’s brand out in the open were the biggest takeaways from BIO. Since returning from BIO, the ImmunoShield team has been fielding emails from various companies we met with and stepping up our online networking presence to further increase our brand visibility. Overall, our time at BIO and participation in Start-up Stadium was fruitful and an important step in ImmunoShield’s journey to commercialization.”

In addition to the already amazing experience, Patti DuBois and Matt Becker were asked to participate in a fireside chat with the Phoenix Mayor, Kate Gallego, to comment on innovation in Phoenix!

In the heart of Phoenix, where the desert sun meets scientific fervor, the city ranks 5th in the nation among emerging life science markets and 1st in life science job growth in emerging life science markets, as reported in the Global Commercial Real Estate Service’s annual life science report. Phoenix is setting the technology and precision medicine standard, driving translational discovery.

What continues to be exceedingly clear is Mayor Gallego’s unwavering support for local startups and the city’s commitment to fostering an ecosystem where innovation thrives. We are incredibly thankful to the City of Phoenix and Claudia Whitehead for making it possible for Patti DuBois and the ImmunoShield Therapeutics team to represent and participate in the Bio International conference.

CEI looks forward to continuing to grow our support for the ecosystem and individual startups, tackling the challenging task of commercializing life-changing healthcare innovations.

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