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In troubled economic times, BioSquare 2009 successfully serves as business and innovation starter
Date:3/30/2009

etings, the 343 biotech firms represented by more than 520 delegates turned BioSquare into an effective business and trade platform. 
On Tuesday alone, 11 pharmaceutical leaders including Johnson&Johnson, GSK, Bayer, Sanofi-Aventis and 20 Biotech companies including Ipsogen, Theregen, Biomay, Ascendis pharma– had the chance to expose their know-how and R&D programmes, with the evidence that their technologies need others to exist, grow and find the right market.
Gilles Rubinstenn, Managing Director of the Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Foundation, notes: “We got involved in preparing the thematic programme for BioSquare 2009 and we were especially satisfied with the return on this investment: The Foundation’s main objective is to bring the academic research sector together with innovative firms to set up projects with high added value. During these three days, 40 face-to-face meetings with biotech companies left us with 25 serious partnership prospects.”

BioSquare 2009 talks innovations and new applications for Biotech technologies  

For the 2009 edition’s scientific and strategic programme, BioSquare decided to give the floor to booming innovative industries like cleantech, stem cells and theranostics.
Regarding the workshop on theranostics, Marc Essodaigui, Vice President Marketing & Sales, Europe & Asia at Ipsogen, notes: “Theranostics as a concept has been around a long time but is coming into real applications now. A better understanding of diseases allows more targeted therapies; and these need increasingly high-performance diagnostic tools. The pharma industry and the biotechs are therefore working together, especially on cancer, where patient monitoring is essential and diagnostic tools have real benefit.” In the current economic situation, “The biotechs that have innovative diagnostic technologies have more of a trump card to play, especially
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