Wilmington Selected As First United States Location For Sixth Annual Convention On Sustainable Ocean Harvesting
BioMarine, the international investment platform dedicated to the marine bio-resources, announced that the 2015 BioMarine Business Convention will be held in Wilmington, North Carolina from October 12-14. This is the first time the sixth annual convention will be hosted in the United States, with North Carolina selected due to its status as one of the top three biotechnology states in the country. The convention will take place at Union Station on the campus of Cape Fear Community College (CFCC), located at 502 N Front St.
The opportunities for the application of marine biotech assets are wide reaching, including aquaculture, animal feed, nutraceuticals, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, biomaterials, fuel/energy, waste remediation, bioplastics and more. During the convention, 300 international investors, business leaders and government officials will meet to consider investment in and commercialization of these assets, particularly biomass bioconversion for protein, oil and mineral recovery. The BioMarine industry is actively developing solutions to address the imminent shortage of protein. Today, vegetal protein from micro algae and seaweed extract feeds not only the aquaculture industry, but also the poultry, pork and cattle industries.
Attendees will participate in live sessions, workshops, one to one networking opportunities, innovation pitching and speeches from global senior executives, top experts and other dignitaries. Discussions will specifically focus on advancing sustainable ocean harvesting and addressing the growing demand for protein. Delegations from Saudi Arabia, Norway, Scotland, Canada, France and the United States are expected to attend, among others.
BioMarine officials selected North Carolina following a February 2013 visit to the various marine and event locations in Wilmington, as well as to the North Carolina Biotechnology Center headquarters in Research Triangle Park (RTP). The state of North Carolina claims more than 300 miles of Atlantic coastline and 12,000 miles of estuarine shoreline. In addition, the state boasts several world-renowned research universities with programs related to marine sciences, as well as more than 600 statewide biotech companies employing more than 60,000 people in RTP, alone.
Wilmington, in particular, is leading North Carolina’s marine biotech industry through the Marine Biotechnology Center of Innovation (MBCOI) based in the city. MBCOI serves marine biotechnology stakeholders across the world as one of the first members of the BioMarine International Clusters Association (BICA). The association aims to create international business relationships and advocate for research, development and commercialization of marine technologies.
“As a leader in biotechnology, North Carolina is proud to host the 2015 BioMarine Business Convention in Wilmington,” said John W. Hardin, executive director of the Office of Science & Technology (OST), North Carolina Department of Commerce. “The sea is one of our most precious resources, and we look forward to engaging with this esteemed group of international science and business leaders during the convention to collaborate on the development of innovative solutions to harvest bio resources in a sustainable fashion.”
“With world-class research universities and companies committed to unlocking the full potential of bio resources, North Carolina is the perfect choice for our first convention hosted in the United States,” said Pierre Erwes of BioMarine. “The convention will be an excellent opportunity for industry professionals to meet, network and collaborate in order to responsibly utilize all that our planet’s oceans have to offer.”
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