Mind the Byte is to participate for second consecutive year in the Bio IT World fair, which this time will be held from 23 to 25 May at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. On this occasion, Alfons Nonell-Canals, CEO and founder of the company, and Irene Espelta, Project Management Director, head to Boston to search for business opportunities in the fields of digital health and big data applied to life sciences.
"Participating in this conference enables us to interact with the business ecosystem of Massachusetts and talk with potential partners, customers and investors. The US market is the largest and most mature for a company like ours who offer disruptive technology for computational drug design," says Alfons Nonell-Canals.
Several bilateral meetings have already been prearranged between Mind the Byte representatives and US companies and international organizations that attend the conference. Moreover, for the first time, Mind the Byte will have a booth (Stand number 561) to promote and advertise the company?s portfolio of technologies and services.
Taking advantage of their stay in Massachusetts, the Mind the Byte delegation will also meet potential collaborators before and after the fair. These include companies in the drug development sector, research foundations and potential business angels.
A unique opportunity
Since its debut in 2002, the annual Bio-IT World Conference & Expo has established itself as a premier event showcasing the myriad of IT and informatics applications and enabling technologies that drive biomedical research, drug discovery and development, and clinical and healthcare initiatives. The Bio-IT World Conference & Expo continues to be a vibrant event that unites 3,300-plus life sciences, pharmaceutical, clinical, healthcare and IT professionals from more than 40 countries.
Spanning three days, the 2017 meeting includes 13 parallel conference tracks and 14 pre-conference workshops. Compelling talks, including best practice case studies and joint partner presentations, will feature over 260 fellow industry and academic colleagues discussing themes of big data, smart data, cloud computing, trends in IT infrastructure, omics technologies, high-performance computing, data analytics, open source and precision medicine, from the research realm to the clinical arena. The keynote speakers are, among others, the Chief Innovation Officers of Harvard University (Rainer Fuchs), Broad Institute (William Mayo) and the NIH (Andrea T. Norris).
The Massachusetts ecosystem
The state of Massachusetts is considered to be the region with one of the highest innovation rates in the United States, with one of the greatest spending levels in R+D and with an elevated concentration of leading universities such as the MIT or Harvard. For this reason, with the goal of encouraging collaboration between Catalan and American companies in terms of R+D and innovation projects, the Catalan Government opened two years ago an office in Boston, completing the network of 36 Trade and Investment Offices that offer assistance in over 90 markets around the world.
Mind the Byte, based at the Barcelona Science Park (PCB), attended last year for the first time to Bio IT as one of the 10 Catalan companies selected by the Government of Catalonia to participate in a trade mission to Massachusetts. The trade mission was organized by Catalonia Trade & Investment, the official Catalan Government organization in charge of attracting foreign investment to the region, and Biocat.