BIO 2005: World’s Largest Biotech Meeting Takes Center Stage at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 7, 2005) -- The biotechnology industry will take center stage at the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) 2005 Annual International Convention in Philadelphia, June 19-22, 2005. Taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, this year’s conference is hosted by the tri-state region of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware – “ America’s Research Center”. More than 18,000 biotech executives, investors, journalists, policy makers and scientists from more than 60 countries are expected to attend.

“The Greater Philadelphia area is a global center for medical research with an entrepreneurial spirit that is fostering a strong and emerging biotechnology industry,” said Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of BIO. “The Philadelphia area is home to many top tier universities and research centers - in 2004 alone over $810 million in NIH grants and contracts were won by local universities and companies. Many large U.S. pharmaceutical companies are also located within a 50 mile radius of the city, so there’s a strong biotech-pharma partnership.”

This year’s convention will feature greater overseas representation than ever before, with two international plenary sessions, country seminars with 16 countries presenting the latest developments in national biotechnology policies, and a Ministerial Seminar with federal level ministers from at least 4 countries. BIO will host a record number of high ranking international dignitaries leading national delegations from more than 60 countries.

The program includes more than 150 educational sessions and workshops on topics including industrial and environmental applications, finance, science, manufacturing, food and agriculture, vaccines and business development, as well as over 1,000 speakers.

Advance media registration for BIO 2005 is now available online. Registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the news media. To register, please visit www.bio.org/events/2005/ . Only reporters and editors working full-time for print or broadcast news organizations may register onsite with valid media credentials. All freelancers and online publications must register in advance by June 10, 2005.

BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and 31 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

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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.