Ahhh, the soothing sound of the Puerto Rican Cocqui, they start to sing when the sun goes down at dusk and their melody serenades islanders and visitors alike, to sleep. When I think of Puerto Rico I think of these Coqui and their lovely sound but also the sound of the wind rushing through palm trees and the tide crashing on the sand… I fell in love with Puerto Rico in 2003 when as a brand new employee to INTERPHEX I was first asked to visit the island and scope out the site for a potential INTERPHEX event to take place in 2004.
Happily, that event did indeed take place at the Caribe Hilton in 2004 and then again in 2005. In 2006, with the show having increased to almost double in size, we eagerly moved the event to the newly built and gorgeous San Juan Puerto Rico convention center where we have been ever since.
Looking forward to Puerto Rico in January or February has always been the highlight of my year. Alas, with the Puerto Rico show dates now in October I must wait a few months longer to visit the island that I love. However, all is not lost as the INTERPHEX NY event is only a couple of weeks away and so what we have managed to do is to bring Puerto Rico to us!
We welcome all of our partners and friends in Puerto Rico such as ISPE Puerto Rico – International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering http://www.ispe.org/cs/puerto_rico_chapter_section/puerto_rico_chapter_home, INDUNIV -a nonprofit organization representing industry, government and the academic sector, the consortium promotes the island’s competitiveness in science and technology http://www.induniv.org/index/ and PRIDCO – the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company http://www.pridco.com/ to NY this year.
Puerto Rico proudly continues to maintain its status as one of the most densely populated geographical Bio/Pharmaceutical areas in the world. It is in Puerto Rico that 13 of the top 20 pharmaceutical Blockbusters and 5 of the top 10 biopharmaceutical block busters are produced and also where more than $4 billion in new biotechnology plants has been invested!
As part of the official kick off to the Puerto Rico event please join us at the INTERPHEX Connects booth (# 3477) for the Opening Night Reception on Tuesday, March 29th at 4:30 where you will find us sipping on the Rums Of Puerto Rico planning the execution of yet another great Puerto Rico event.
It won’t be long before we hear the sound of the Coqui, the wind through the trees and the waves crashing on the shore… See you in Puerto Rico!
Sofia Gakopoulus is the Director of Strategic Accounts for INTERPHEX. Follow Sofia on Twitter @INTERPHEX_Sofia or contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org