Henderson vies for new biotech companies

When more than 16,000 people from 74 countries descend on Boston for the annual Biotechnology Innovation Organization convention that starts Monday, they will find a Massachusetts biotech scene that’s more robust than the one in 2012 when the city last hosted the event. And, yes, the state relishes its renown as the life sciences hub of the universe…

They include places that are less than obvious, like Henderson, Nev. Part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, Henderson has fewer than 1,000 employees in the life sciences. But economic development officials tout its proximity to hospitals and the presence of a few biopharma firms.

“San Diego, Boston, the Bay Area — they have very strong clusters, and they go back decades,” said Barbra Coffee, director of economic development for Henderson. “Our goal is to head down that same path.”

Read the full story in the Boston Globe here.