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Making up for past snubs

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker raised eyebrows when he skipped BIO last year — and the year before. But he’s not taking the industry for granted any more. He’s coming to town to talk up his new five-year, $500 million biopharma initiative(which is basically an extension of his predecessor’s 10-year, $1 billion program to promote life sciences). He’ll also be trying to get a sense of how these BIO bashes work: Boston is slated to host next year’s confab.


Oh, and speaking of Boston, it came in first on a new “genomics scorecard” ranking metro regions by how serious they are about the DNA economy. Next on the list: San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Salt Lake City.

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