The Road to BIO: Day 10
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Texas /// Arizona
Saturday afternoon on the Road to BIO and we’ve left Texas for New Mexico, and are heading toward southeast Arizona. We altered our schedule to ensure we are close enough to our interview with early drug discovery company, Icagen, on Sunday morning, so we’re ending the evening in Oro Valley.
This is a Tucson suburb that is appropriately dubbed the ‘Tech Mecca” of southern Arizona, and is emerging as a regional center for the biotech industry. Its Innovation Park is home to a number of medical and biotech campuses.
We’re also in the western foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. They call this region the Sun Corridor for obvious reasons, though Tucson averages nearly 12 inches of rain a year, but still qualifies as a desert climate due to high evapotranspiration — or net water loss. In summer, daytime temperatures exceed 100º F with low humidity and clear skies, which leads to skin cancer rates 3x higher than northern states, so our crew will have the SPF-75 on!
DISTANCE SCHEDULED THIS AFTERNOON: 337 miles
We’d arrived in Atlanta on Monday evening to a beautiful sunset. On Tuesday morning, we’d arranged a late entry interview at Emory University, but we still took time to head over to the Centennial Olympic Park for some photos and interaction with quite a large crowd. We also paid a visit to the CNN building, even though we’ve been breaking all our own #RoadtoBIO news at www.pharmasalmanac.com/blog and
@thatsnicellc on the journey to #BIO2017. We got out of Atlanta early afternoon to continue west, making a 'pit' stop for some real pit BBQ at Rusty's in Leeds. The then full-bellied crew hit the road toward Mississippi, where we stayed overnight in Jackson.
Our Road to BIO vehicle of transport is pictured in front of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia
CNN Center in Atlanta, GA
Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum in Leeds, AL
Motorcars of Georgia in Atlanta, GA
A big thanks to Rusty's Bar-B-Q in Leeds, AL for helping to fuel our journey toward BIO 2017
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