WuXi celebrated global innovation with hundreds of leaders from biotech, pharma, research institutions, and the venture capital community who attended BIO 2017 during a private cruise reception around San Diego Bay on June 20.

We were honored to have San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts; Erik Caldwell, Director of Economic Development for the City of San Diego; and  Xianzhi Lv, Counselor of Science and Technology for the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles, at our welcoming ceremony.

During the opening ceremony, Ron Roberts touched on the industry’s growth, as well as WuXi’s commitment to the region.

“I’m here to officially welcome you on behalf of the 18 cities that we have in San Diego County. It’s a great place to do business, and I can’t think of a better place to have a conference,” Roberts said. “Since the last BIO conference in San Diego, the industry has changed a lot. We are happy to see companies like WuXi expand in San Diego – it’s important to the global industry.”

Erik Caldwell, on behalf of the San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, presented a proclamation to WuXi during the opening cruise ceremony and deemed June 20, 2017, “WuXi AppTec Day.” It was the only proclamation the City of San Diego presented during BIO International Convention.

“It’s very exciting to be here tonight because WuXi has made commitments to San Diego, is growing and expanding here, and understands the innovative  ecosystem surrounding biotechnology, medical devices and genomics that are taking place  in San Diego, and the opportunities,” Caldwell said.

Meanwhile, Xianzhi Lv of the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles, touched on the sweeping changes happening within the China FDA, as well as WuXi’s role in helping global patients get better and faster access to innovative treatments.

“The CFDA has many policy reforms to lower the barrier, and encourage innovation. In 2020, health investment will occupy China’s 7% GDP,” Lv sai.  “I am optimistic of the future that China becomes a medical innovation country. Today, I see the power of innovation, partnership, and opportunities. I congratulate WuXi’s leadership and success. It’s a remarkable achievement. It reflected WuXi’s capability and technology enabling platform’s potential, and it also reflects how Chinese innovation is changing the world.”

WuXi is proud to continue its support of the global industry in its quest to develop innovative treatments for patients. We thank our partners for their continued support and trust, and look forward to more exciting moments in 2017.