Well, this is awkward.

The BIO International Convention, the biggest biotech gathering in the world, is coming to Boston next week. There will be the usual keynote speeches, fireside chats, and educational sessions. There will also be panel discussions — 25 of them “manels,” the dreaded all-male panel.

This just weeks after the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council declared war on the manel, refusing to participate in or organize one. The Cambridge trade group went as far as to say it will compel partners to adopt a similar stance.

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