Icon_Sun.svg The Road to BIO: Day 2

Friday, June 9, 2017
New York /// Pennsylvania

After leaving New York, we'll make our way through New Jersey, home to 14 of the world's 20 largest pharmaceutical companies, and Pennsylvania, consistently recognized as one of the top five states for bioscience innovation...

Bridging the Development Gap

After a long, successful day one of our journey, we are back on the road in New York, heading toward the Tapan Zee Bridge to meet with our first sponsor of the day, BioVectra. The bridge is an interesting backdrop for this interview, as BioVectra is headquartered on Prince Edward Island, Canada, across the Confederation Bridge. 

Accelerating Delivery

Ideally, we’ll make four stops in three states today, making our way through New Jersey and Pennsylvania to meet with two more sponsors before ending the evening in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Our itinerary may be a bit overly ambitious — we'll let you know how it goes! 

From the Road

It was mostly smooth sailing yesterday, with a few expected traffic-related challenges, particularly through the curving "grid" of Boston, and down Connecticut's Merritt Parkway at rush hour, which we tried to avoid, but still somehow fell into its grasp. And while we have a 217-mph-max speed super car leading the effort, we discovered our support RV tops out around, well, 65 mph. Still, we made it before sunset to Tea & Sympathy in the West Village to celebrate with the That's Nice New York team, and our friend, Sean Kavanagh-Dowsett, who fed us a dedadent meal of fish and chips after a day of gas station food. 

For those taking the Road to BIO Challenge, we estimate that we covered a little over 300 miles yesterday. We're told the SV leading the journey took 15 gallons, and that the support RV cost $95 for a full tank. Hopefully we get better fuel efficiency once we start to hit the open road (think: Texas). 

We’ll check back in this afternoon from Pennsylvania with more #RoadtoBIO updates on our journey toward #BIO2017. In the meantime, check out today's sponsor on the Road to BIO, Unither Pharmaceuticals.

Bill Pasek, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for Avara Pharmaceutical Services, discusses Avara's philosophy of delivering on commitments.
Nigel Walker, Bill Pasek and an an Avara employee are pictured around the glitter-wrapped Lamborghini Aventador. Surely they must be talking speed to market. 

Sean Kavanagh-Dowsett, owner of Tea & Sympathy, and Nigel Walker, founder of That's Nice, chat about US healthcare, the subject of  a Road to BIO side story that will feature commentary from people across the country.
That's Nice Director of Digital Capture, Brian Pierce, and Design Director & Partner, Erin Carney, grab a bite at Tea & Sympathy, a West Village eatery serving (much needed) British comfort food.   

The Aventador is in the garage for the night, and with good reason. Its owner, Nigel Walker, is celebrating his daughter Misaki's 12th birthday before hitting the Road to BIO again tomorrow. 

Happy birthday, Misaki!