Below please find the most frequently asked questions about company presentations.
Q: What is a Company Presentation?
A: Company Presentations at the BIO Investor Forum are PowerPoint presentations given by senior-level executives. They showcase a company’s pipeline, R&D activities, business objectives and investment goals. They range from 13 minutes to 25 minutes, depending on the type of company presenting.
Q: Why do companies present?
A: Companies and organizations present at the BIO Investor Forum to get in front of an exclusive audience of public and private equity investors, plus other biotech executives. (Since 2011, 44% of all US therapeutic IPO companies participated in a BIO Investor Forum event as a private company.) Presenters also receive exclusive benefits not available to general attendees, including pre-conference marketing (such as email newsletters, press releases, etc.), designation in the One-on-One Partnering System, and the opportunity to participate in exclusive content on the BIOtechNow blog. Companies interested in webcasting will also have the option to purchase a package for an additional fee, which is published on BIO’s Investor Forum website and widens a presentation’s reach.
Q: Who can present?
A: The BIO Investor Forum will feature presentations primarily by early and established private companies, as well as 20-30 emerging public companies. Those interested in presenting must have a clear R&D focus, with a pipeline involving biotechnology therapeutics, diagnostics, or platform technologies. This can include patient advocacy groups. Service providers will not be considered. For companies looking to participate in the Discovery Track, there are additional financial qualifications, explained in more detail below, and on our registration page.
Q: How can we get a presentation spot at this event?
A: All companies and organizations who are interested in presenting are encouraged to submit an application, which can be done at: bio.org/events/conferences/bio-investor-forum-application-present. Your application will be reviewed, and you will be notified shortly on its status. Should your application be accepted, registration and logistical details would then be provided.
Q: What is the deadline to submit an application?
A: Applications should be submitted by the beginning of August. This will provide enough time to review the application before the Early Bird Registration Rates expire. Once presentation spots are sold out, applications will be wait listed, and companies will be notified if/when a presentation slot become available.
Q: Do you invite companies to present?
A: BIO does send invitations to companies who are ‘pre-approved’ to present. If your company received an invitation, you would not need to submit an application. Please refer to the instructions in the letter to confirm your presentation spot.
Q: What registration pass do I need to present?
A: Presenters must purchase a registration pass in order to give them access to the sessions, One-on-One Partnering System, lunches, and networking events. There is also a separate presentation fee. Below you will find different types of company presenter and cost structures. In general, the more people from a company who attends the event, the greater the discount on the registration fees.
Public Company Presenters (25-minute presentations)
1- 2 people (separate registration and presentation fees)
3 people, bundled rate available
Established Private Company Presenters (25-minute Presentations)
1- 2 people (separate registration and presentation)
3 people, plus presenter fee combined
Discovery Companies (Private/Emerging, 13-minute presentation)
Q: Are there any additional fees associated with presenting?
A: Yes. Presentation fees are different depending on company type. Please refer to the outline above for more information. Sponsorship is not required to give a presentation.
Q: How long are the presentations?
A: Public and established private company presentations are 25 minutes in length. Discovery companies are 13 minutes in length, and are noted as such in the conference program and materials. All Q&A from the audience, should a company want to take questions, is included in those times.
Q: Are there breakout sessions after presentations?
A: No, presenters do not have follow-up sessions after a presentation has concluded. Instead, we advise that interested parties visit the onsite One-on-One Partnering desk to schedule a private meeting, or utilize the common area space immediately outside of the presentation rooms.
Q: Are there options to help smaller companies get a chance to present?
A: For emerging private companies, a special pricing structure exists to provide them an opportunity to meet with investors and present. Referred to as “Discovery Companies” at this event, these companies must be in a Seed or Series A financing round, and have raised less than $25M total through October 2014. Like the rest of the presenting companies at this event, they must focus on biotechnology or related technologies for R&D of drug products or diagnostics. Final qualifications are made by BIO.
Q: Who can attend the presentations?
A: All registered attendees and investors have full access to the company presentations at this event. For companies who purchase webcasting, links will be made available on the BIO Investor Forum site. Please note, there are no day passes or special exceptions made for individuals or companies looking to attend a particular company's presentation.
Q: How do I purchase webcasting?
A: Details on purchasing a webcast of your presentation will be made available in August. Please check back.
Q: I am already a confirmed presenter. How do I find out more information about what's required for the event?
A: Please visit the pages provided for presenters, such as the Presenter Resource Center, and Presentation Details & Guidelines. This information is continually updated as details become available. You should also have received a checklist from BIO staff.
Q: Who can I contact for more information?
A: Please email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in presenting!