About the fourth edition of the BIO Latin America Conference

News published on: September 18, 2018

The fourth edition of the BIO Latin America Conference was a great success, revealing once again its importance and impact in the life sciences sector of Latin America


SÃO PAULO, SEPTEMBER 2018 – Held on September 4 and 5 in São Paulo, the BIO Latin America Conference 2018 provided participants with activities that fostered, at the same time, the establishment of professional ties and the development of the life sciences and biotechnology industry on the Latin American continent.

The BIO Latin America Conference is the result of a partnership between Biominas Brasil and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). The event was supported by important private and public players, including Pfizer as PREMIUM Sponsor; Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) and Janssen as GOLD Sponsors; AbbVie, Apex-Brasil, Biolab, Biomm and BNDES as SILVER Sponsors; Amgen and Instituto SENAI de Inovação em Biossintéticos as BRONZE Sponsors; Crop Life International, Di Blasi Parente & Associados, EMBRAPII, Natura, Phytobios, Servier, SP Law, Synova Health as CONFERENCE Sponsors; Sanofi, SEBRAE and TECPAR as Institutional Supporters; besides several other media partners also relevant to the success of the event.

The 2018 edition brought together 621 attendees from the life sciences industry of more than 325 companies and 21 different countries. This year 70% of the participants belonged to the executive level of their respective institutions. As highlights of this notorious attendance, we can mention the presence of representatives of government agencies, such as ANVISA, Apex-Brasil, BNDES, FINEP, INPI, MCTIC, MDIC, Ministry of Health, and industry associations, such as ABBI, ABIMED, ABPI, ABRADIMEX, ALLBIOTECH, ANAHP, CIB, CNI, FIESP, Grupo FarmaBrasil and Interfarma. The diverse profile of the participants, coming from areas such as human health, animal health, industrial and agricultural biotechnology, was fundamental to the success of the discussions and contributed to the multidisciplinary character of the event.

The Conference was also honored by important Latin American neighbors from the main life sciences markets of the region (Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay). Representatives from each of these countries had the opportunity to exchange experiences with actors from other regions, presenting the reality of their markets in search of partners for their development and continuous growth. In addition, they had access to the experiences of the Brazilian industry and government, besides holding numerous business meetings with other participants. It should be noted that the event also attracted representatives from 12 other countries, from regions such as North America, Europe and Asia.

BIO Latin America 2018 provided more than 710 face-to-face meetings through BIO’s One-on-One Partnering™ system. In addition, the participants were able to follow an intense program of debates, with 9 Thematic Sessions and 1 Fireside Chat.

The opening ceremony was hosted by the organizers of the event, represented by Mrs. Joanne Duncan, President of Membership and Business Operations at BIO, and Eduardo Emrich, President and CEO at Biominas Brasil. Both highlighted the opportunity that the event offers for cooperation between the various actors in the biotechnology and life sciences segment. The CEO of Biominas also took the opportunity to present the institution’s new positioning in the sector, which aims on being broader and more effective.

The program covered important topics of the life sciences sector, such as: Healing, Feeding, and Fueling the World – LatAm’s Role in Driving Biotechnology Innovation; Industry 4.0, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Gene Editing; Sustainable Health Future – Promoting Innovation and Equitable Access; Regulatory Environment for Biologics; Intellectual Property Protection in the 21st Century – Tools for Investment and Growth; Corporate Venture & Innovation Labs; Entrepreneurship; Advances in Bio-economy through Synthetic Biology; and Promise of Agricultural Biotechnology for a Sustainable World.

The event also had 2 startup competitions, totaling 20 pitch presentations to the audience and to a board of experts (investors and companies) that evaluated their potential (innovation and business model).

On the first day, the conference hosted the Demoday of the “BioStartup Lab – Round Interfarma 02”, in which the top 10 startups of this acceleration program presented their pitch, resulting in the following winners: 1st place: PRO THERAPEUTICS; 2nd place: IN SITU TERAPIA CELULAR; 3rd place: SIGNAL; and Most Dedicated Startup: IMPLANTCELL.

On the second day, another 10 startups were selected for the Startup Stadium competition, presenting their ideas/technologies. As a result, the startup BIOSOLVIT was victorious and won as a prize a complimentary ticket to the 2019 BIO International Convention, in the US.

Finally, BIO Latin America 2018 also witnessed the announcement of an important partnership signed between Biominas Brasil, Interfarma and Anvisa, which foresees actions to bring Anvisa closer to the startup environment, working together to further promote innovation in Brazil.

For more details on the BIO Latin America Conference, such as results, photos and download of presentations, please visit BIO and Biominas will soon announce the date and venue of the BIO Latin America 2019. Stay tuned!


About BIO

BIO is the world’s largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations across the United States, and in more than 30 other countries. BIO members are involved in research and development of innovations in health, agriculture, industry and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also organizes the BIO International Convention, the largest meeting of the biotech industry in the world, as well as organizing other partnering and investment events of this industry around the globe. For more information, visit:


About Biominas Brasil

Biominas Brasil is a private institution, founded in 1990, whose mission is to create impact business on the life sciences sector. Biominas’s activities are based on 4 fundamental pillars: Academy (creation of courses and modules of education/training of human resources in life sciences); Think Tank (production of report/studies on the life sciences market in Brazil); Corporate (together with large and medium-sized companies, works to establish corporate innovation and relationship with startups); Innovation Builder (creation and development of promising startups). These pillars encompass a series of initiatives and services that consolidate Biominas as the most relevant institution working with innovation in life sciences in Brazil. Learn more at: