Academic and Research Institutions to Play Key Role in 2014 BIO International Convention®

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Washington, D.C. (April 15, 2014) – The 2014 BIO International Convention® will highlight the role of academia in the advancement of the biotechnology field through the BIO Alliance Pavilion and the Translational Research Forum. Hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the global event for biotechnology will take place June 23-26, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

“As the largest partnering event in the industry, the BIO International Convention hosts more than 3,000 biotechnology companies who are looking for new business partners,” said Scott Whitaker, President of the BIO International Convention. “In 2013, 70% of academic and research institutions at BIO met with potential private or public sector partners. These meetings allowed for relationships to be established with pharmaceutical and biotech companies and the exploration of potential licensing opportunities.”

The BIO Academic Zone, featured in the BIO Alliance Pavilion, is dedicated to academic and research institutions that are looking to commercialize new and innovative technology. Sponsored by AstraZeneca and MedImmune, the Zone will allow companies to energize drug development and pipeline opportunities and connect with innovative academic researchers and technology transfer offices. Academia and industry will connect through BIO's One-on-One Partnering™ System. Nearly 500 scheduled one-on-one meetings took place within the BIO Alliance Pavilion in 2013 with more expected in 2014.

The Translational Research Forum on Tuesday, June 24, will explore how academia and the private and public sectors can best pursue the partnerships necessary to bring innovative products from the research lab to the market. The Forum brings together universities, companies and federal, state and foreign governments to discuss new translational funding, licensing models and the latest developments in technology transfer.

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Innovation and the University of Virginia Innovation, the Forum will feature four educational sessions and culminate with a networking reception. Sessions include:

•   Designing Academic-Industrial Partnerships to Accelerate Product Development

•   Harnessing the Collaborative Biopharma Ecosystem to Drive Sector-wide Innovation

•   Open Innovation 2.0: The Benefits and Future of Multi-Stakeholder Precompetitive Research

•   Transforming Academic Innovation: A Systems Approach?

To view a sample list of universities planning to attend BIO 2014, visit here.

Learn more about the link between academia and industry when BIO hosts a Google+ Hangout next month, May 8th. The Hangout will hear from academic, investor and industry thought leaders as they analyze the growing role and importance of tech transfer in advancing the biotech industry. To learn more and RSVP, please visit here.

Advance media registration is available for qualified reporters working full time for print, broadcast and web publications with valid press credentials. To register, please visit here.


Upcoming BIO Events 

BIO IP Counsels Committee Conference
April 23-25, 2014
Palm Springs, CA

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology
May 12-15, 2014
Philadelphia, PA

BIO International Convention
June 23-26, 2014
San Diego, CA

BIO Latin America Conference
September 9-11, 2014
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Livestock Biotech Summit
September 16-18, 2014
Sioux Falls, SD

About BIO
BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.