Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, will be a featured speaker at the 2014 BIO International Convention in San Diego — a June event that attracts the biggest names in biotech and regularly draws 15,000 people, the group announced Thursday.

“The … convention brings together an industry which is working to solve some of our world’s most intractable problems,” Branson said. “Every day, biotechnology companies are seeking cures for devastating diseases, finding new ways to feed a growing global population and developing renewable fuels to keep our air and water clean for future generations. I could not be more excited to participate in the 2014 BIO International Convention in San Diego and meet the people behind this incredibly innovative and important industry.”

Sir Richard Branson. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Branson will share the inside story of some of his greatest achievements over 40 years in business as well as the lessons he has learned from his setbacks. The event is June 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center.

He will tell the story behind the launches of his Virgin brands, including conquering new frontiers in space with Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline. He will also share his thoughts on the changing face of the global economy and how businesses worldwide need to work together to tackle environmental challenges and invest in the future of our world.
“Already, we are witnessing a surge of interest among attendees for this year’s 2014 BIO International Convention,” said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood. “Sir Richard’s forward thinking outlook and trademark charisma will fit in well with the energy, optimism and sunny weather we are all looking forward to in San Diego this June.”
Scott Whitaker, president of the BIO International Convention, said: “Innovation, entrepreneurism and problem-solving are key elements of biotechnology. We are thrilled that Sir Richard, one of the world’s most successful, exciting and unconventional entrepreneurs will be a keynote speaker at the 2014 BIO International Convention.

The convention also features the BIO One-on-One Partnering system, a unique platform for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, academic research institutions, and investors from around the world to gather and discuss strategic opportunities. For registration, schedule-at-a-glance, partnering, and exhibitor information, visit 2014 BIO International Convention.
— From a news release

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