Gonzales representing UTRGV at annual BIO International Convention

Veronica Gonzales

Statewide collaboration includes THBI, TxEDC and The Office of the Governor 

AUSTIN, TEXAS – JUNE 15, 2017 – Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute (THBI) will host the statewide BioTexas initiative in collaboration with The Office of the Governor and The Texas Economic Development Corporation (TxEDC), to bring together a delegation for the 2017 BIO International Convention in San Diego, California from June 19 to June 22. 

Veronica Gonzales, vice president for Governmental and Community Relations at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Raudel Garza, Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Development Corporation of Harlingen, Inc., are part of the delegation. 

“I am honored to be a part of the delegation and represent UTRGV and some EDCs throughout the Rio Grande Valley,” Gonzales said. “I look forward to sharing information on important research our faculty are conducting at UTRGV and networking with educational, governmental and industry leaders. This international conference will allow us to promote the opportunities that UTRGV and the Rio Grande Valley offer for companies and industries around the world.”

The BIO International Convention is the largest global event for the biotechnology industry, with more than 16,000 biotechnology and pharma leaders in attendance.

The convention consists of one week of intensive networking to discover new opportunities and promising partnerships, offering Texas companies the chance to expand into the global market. Attendees benefit by gaining visibility in front of influential decision-makers and engaging with valuable partners. The event also features hundreds of sessions covering biotechnology trends, policy issues, innovations and specialized product focus zones.

The organizers of the Texas delegation – The Office of the Governor, THBI, and TxEDC – will attend alongside Texas Secretary of State Rolando B. Pablos, The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas’ chief product development research officer, Michael Lang, and representatives from more than 20 communities across the state.

As a burgeoning leader in the biotechnology space, Texas’ attendance at BIO represents the state’s commitment to continue nourishing research and innovation industries. The rapid growth of the biotechnology industry within Texas has brought new discoveries in pharmaceutical development, treatment innovation and medical research. In 2015, the biotechnology space in Texas received $1 billion in federal funding, which is expected to increase.

Organizers of the Texas delegation represent three key contributors and supporters of biotechnology growth in Texas:

  • THBI is the only statewide public policy voice of the healthcare and bioscience industry. The organization works with industry leaders, public policy officials and Texas communities to keep economic development opportunities competitive in the state. 
  • TxEDC promotes Texas as a premier business location and serves as the main resource for creating global awareness of the state’s business advantages. 
  • The Office of the Governor’s business development division serves as the official gateway for companies considering a relocation or expansion into Texas. In addition to bringing jobs and investment to the state, the office also seeks to expand export opportunities for the Texas business community.



  • 10/35 Economic Development Alliance
  • American Biochemicals
  • Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
  • BioHouston
  • Bracane Company
  • Cameron School of Business, University of St. Thomas
  • Castle Biosciences, Inc.
  • CenterPoint Energy
  • Cible
  • City of Waxahachie
  • DevelopAbilene
  • Exegete Healthcare International
  • Fannin Innovation
  • Galveston Economic Development Partnership
  • Georgetown Economic Development
  • Greater Conroe Economic Development Council
  • Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Houston Partnership
  • Harlingen Economic Development Corporation
  • HealthBot
  • iBio CMO LLC
  • Lab7 Systems, Inc.
  • MANS Distributors, Inc.
  • Medical Center of the Americas Foundation
  • Odessa Economic Development Corporation
  • Office of the Governor
  • Optologix LLC
  • OriGen Biomedical
  • Pearland Economic Development Corporation
  • Round Rock Chamber of Commerce
  • San Antonio Economic Development Foundation
  • Schertz Economic Development Corporation
  • StemBioSysm, Inc.
  • Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute (THBI)
  • The Signorelli Company
  • The Beck Group
  • TRI Air Testing
  • TxEDC
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • USWoundCo
  • Wound Management Technologies

About THBI

The Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute (THBI) is the Texas Policy voice for healthcare and bioscience and the only provider of statewide resources to members and the industry. With a focus on using advocacy as a tool to create a more favorable environment for the life sciences, THBI works with government and industry leaders to attract new participants in the life sciences to Texas and to promote effective government legislation on behalf of the industry. The Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization. 


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