BNE gets 'Bono fide' in Boston
Submission from BNE's Adair Luhr with updates from the Bio International Convention in Boston.
It's amazing - the world leaders in biotechnology gathered at the bio conference today. Buffalo Niagara Enterprise representatives met with companies that were interested in learning more about Buffalo Niagara, and on multiple occasions, defended and won arguments with national companies about the rising opportunities and growing companies in Buffalo Niagara. The trip has gained a lot of interest in the Buffalo Niagara Bio opportunities.
Unfortunately, the prospects that we are talking to are confidential. What we can say is that the expanding businesses are often looking to consolidate into one facility, and when that happens they start to look around at other markets. In the last six months alone, five Bio Companies have relocated or started-up in WNY. We are hi-lighting those companies in order to draw others to the area. If we show that Buffalo is advancing in the bio-medical sector (and it is) then the market becomes more attractive. We are also talking to the trade magazines at the conference… telling them all about our recent successes. The business development side is actually meeting with 15 (pre-qualified) companies that have expressed an interest in learning more... and by the end we are hoping to talk to 50+ interested parties. We have more to offer than ever before, so companies are really taking notice.
On an unexpected note - we met Bono. It was surreal - he was a completely beautiful gentlemen. He said, "Buffalo Rocks!" and we gave him a Buffalo Niagara pin. It's amazing when you meet someone like that - someone who literally rocks your world. He was so nice and complimentary towards Buffalo.
What is really ironic - Tom Kucharski responded to a Business First Survey a few weeks ago and said of anyone living, he would want to meet Bono - and today he did.