Marine sciences group picks Wilmington for convention
September 16, 2013By Jenny Callison
In 2015, Wilmington will host an annual gathering of international science and business leaders focused on the sustainable harvesting of ocean resources, according to an announcement Thursday from NCBiotech.
The selection of Wilmington by officials with BioMarine was confirmed last week during the group’s convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the release stated. Their decision came as a result of the officials’ Feb. 2013 visit to North Carolina organized by Randall Johnson, executive director of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s Southeastern Office; and Deborah Mosca, CEO of the Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation. Both offices are in Wilmington and both are charged with spurring economic development through the marine sciences-related technologies.
"We're excited to work with BioMarine to bring the international marine biotech business convention to Wilmington in 2015,” Johnson said in the news release. "The conference will bring an impressive group of company and government leaders from across the globe to facilitate international business deals and to showcase the wealth of marine biotech assets and commercial opportunities in Wilmington, in Carteret County, and across the state, for economic development gains."
NCBiotech was one of 18 sponsors of BioMarine’s convention in Halifax, and the state sent a contingent to the gathering. Mosca and Jeffrey Wright, professor of marine science, chemistry and biochemistry at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s MARBIONC, were among more than 100 speakers, the release stated.
Jim Shamp, a spokesman for NCBiotech, said that hundreds of people gather for the conference each year to consider investment in and commercialization of marine biotech assets.
“The opportunities are vast, including applications ranging from health and cosmetics to waste remediation and by-product utilization, from algae production and renewable energy to marine fish farming and aquafeed,” he said in the release.
Shamp added that Johnson and Mosca expect between 250 and 300 people from around the “coastal world” to attend the 2015 convention in Wilmington.