A record number of Argentine companies attended the largest international biotechnology trade show
“BIO International Convention 2022”, one of the most important global meetings in the sector, took place this week in the city of San Diego, USA.
Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Argentine Investment and
International Trade Promotion Agency, coordinated the presence of Argentine
biotechnology companies at "BIO International Convention 2022"- one
of the most prominent global meetings for the sector, which took place in the
city of San Diego, USA, from June 13th to 16th.
Argentine pavilion was made up of 21 companies from the provinces of Santa Fe
and Buenos Aires and the City of Buenos Aires, with a space to obtain
information about 60 Argentine startups. The presence of Argentine companies in
this edition has been a record, according to the biotechnology companies. They
also highlighted Argentina's leading role as representative of Latin America.
May 20th, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Santiago Cafiero,
together with the Secretary of International Economic Relations, Cecilia
Todesca Bocco, received representatives of the participating companies to share
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ interest in promoting and positioning
Argentina as a supplier of knowledge-based goods and services, science and
emphasized that "the best way to represent the country is through the
companies and entrepreneurs that show the work and talent incorporated into
is one of the leading global meetings in the sector and has provided strategic
meetings and marketing opportunities for the industry since 1993. The expo
takes place every year in different cities in the USA and brings together the
main international companies as well as SMEs, start-ups, and universities. This
year, the focus of the event will be on the pharmaceutical industry and there
will be different promotion and training sessions related to different areas in
biotechnology and nanotechnology.
Ciccia, head of Innovation and Technological Development of INSUD Group and
member of the Argentine Chamber of Biotechnology, said: "We are very
pleased with our participation at BIO, San Diego. After two years, we returned
to the Argentine pavilion with 21 mature companies and startups with AAICI's
support. We had several business meetings where we showcased our products and
technological platforms that combine biotechnology, nanotechnology,
microfluidics and bioinformatics within the knowledge-based economy. We also
participated in conferences where the advances and challenges of the sector in
a post-pandemic world were discussed. We have human resources of high
scientific and technological level, productive capacity and creativity. Argentina
has an enormous growth potential in this sector".
Salim, from the startup Untech, said: "It has been a great experience for
us. There are various reasons for this. We have been able to get suppliers of
items we needed. Sharing with other Argentine companies has also been very
positive. This is our first time at BIO, and it has helped us open our minds to
continue thinking big. Both Argentina and the fair have been excellently
organized. Our expectations have been surpassed”.
Gutiérrez, a CONICET researcher who accompanied the startups, remarked:
"Being at BIO for the first time is like being at the Soccer World Cup.
The feeling of pride when arriving and seeing Argentina's stand and the emotion
of being part of it, together with the industry's big players who accompanied
us. We met scientists, companies, startups and investors from all over the
world. We felt that we added value to whatever we did”.
Argentine government policies to
promote biotechnology in the country were implemented in 2007. These policies
were set forth by the Law for the Promotion of the Development and Production
of Modern Biotechnology and the 2020 Law on Knowledge Economy, which have laid
the foundations for a highly competitive industry.
Considering the main products in
which biotechnology is used to obtain goods and services, Argentina shipped
products from the biotechnology sector for almost US$ 1.5 billion in 2021, an
increase of +17.4% compared to 2020.
In addition, in the first four months
of 2022, shipments of biotechnology products reached US$ 447.9 million, a 12%
increase compared to the same period in 2020. It should be noted that this is
also the highest value for the first four months of the year in the last six
In this edition of BIO, the Argentine
official delegation was made up of the following companies: Gador, Bagó
Biprofarma, Argenomix, Romikin, Laboratorio Elea Phoenix SA, Insud, Bioceres,
Biogénesis Bagó, Mabxience, Untech SAS, Amega Biotech, Gemabiotech SAU,
Sinergium Biotech SAU, Microgenesis SAU, Laboratorios Richmond SACIF, Stamm
Vegh SAU, Latinaba SRL, Bioeutectics SA, Kheiron SA, Wiener Laboratorios SAIC
and Carpe Scheider & Cía. SA.
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