The BIO Mid-America VentureForum is the Midwest's largest annual event showcasing biotech and medical device product and platform companies from across the country. It's a collaboration between nine state life science associations and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). A place where venture capitalists, start-up biotech and medical device entrepreneurs, and other industry participants can meet and explore funding and investment opportunities and other business partnerships; participate in workshops highlighting trends in the financial markets and life science companies; and network with the biotech and medical device industry's most prominent CEOs and venture capitalists.
In 2004, drawing on the success of the inaugural event, the conference was held in St. Louis, Missouri. BIO reached out to the venture capital community to draw even more attention to the Midwest biotech market. There was a 25% overall increase in VC attendees. Most significant was the increase in the East and West-Coast VCs. Presenting companies collectively secured over $89 million in funding in the past year.
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