Airgas participated for the first time in the Biotechnology Industry Organization's annual international convention, \\$quot;BIO 2005\\$quot;.

The company's appearance came not long after its announcement in February that it had been selected as the preferred supplier of packaged gases for Business Solutions Group of BIO, a trade organization that represents 1000 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centres and related organizations.

\\$quot;It was a perfect opportunity for us to participate in BIO's Business Solutions pavilion and introduce ourselves to the life sciences audience\\$quot; said spokesman Jim Ely, from the company’s headquarters in Radnor.

Following the company's strong position in the medical supplies field, Airgas' presence, for the first time in its 23 year history, as an exhibitor was not out of place with the event itself.

\\$quot;I think the show is definitely good for Philadelphia\\$quot;, said Steve Scheuring, marketing manager of specialty gases for Airgas Inc. \\$quot;A lot of people are trying to woo the biotech dollar into their area.\\$quot;

Scheuring said what was most impressive to him about the event was the evident growth in the industry. \\$quot;From what I understand, there used to be 2000 people and this year there’s 16000 to 18000 people.\\$quot;

John Haggerty, national account manager for Airgas, noted that the most impressive aspect was the \\$quot;representation of the various state associations here, some that you don't usually associate with the biotech industry.\\$quot;

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