WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, October 26, 2010) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced that the BIO International Convention will return to Philadelphia, Penn. in 2015.
“We are thrilled to bring the 2015 BIO International Convention – the global event for biotechnology – back to Philadelphia after a very successful event in 2005,” said Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of BIO, producer of the BIO International Convention. “The greater Philadelphia area is home to many of the world’s largest biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and is a hotbed for cutting-edge research and development in the life sciences industry.”
The Convention attracts more than 15,000 industry leaders from 48 states and 60 countries and highlights the latest advancements in biotechnology.
“Pennsylvania Bio is proud that Philadelphia has once again been chosen as the host city for the BIO International Convention,” said Christopher Molineaux, president of Pennsylvania Bio. “Pennsylvania has all of the assets that make us a global leader in the life sciences including world renowned research institutions; emerging and mature biotechnology, pharmaceutical, device, and diagnostic companies; global firms; and a strong network of supportive service companies. Bringing this conference back to Philadelphia reaffirms our strengths and the region’s commitment to this critical industry.”
The Convention next heads to Washington, DC for the 2011 BIO International Convention, being held June 27-30, 2011 at the Convention Center. The event was last held in Washington, DC in 2003.
“We are very excited to welcome BIO back to Philadelphia into an expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2015. The lasting impact of BIO’s 2005 convention is still reverberating throughout Philadelphia’s robust life sciences sector,” said Jack Ferguson, incoming president & CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This is a great opportunity for Philadelphia’s strong eds and meds community, along with the world’s leading biotech professionals, to come together and enjoy the benefits of meeting face-to-face.”
The BIO International Convention typically brings more than $30 million in economic impact to the city in which the event is held, this includes direct spending, tax revenue and hotel room nights during Convention.
“BIO’s decision affirms the continuing growth and impact of the life sciences industry in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania,” said Debbie Hart, president of BioNJ. “In a little more than a decade the number of companies calling New Jersey home has nearly quadrupled, attracted by our institutions, supportive State government, and the tradition of being the ‘Medicine Chest of the World.’ Companies range from the earliest stage to some of the largest biotechs in the world.”
“Delaware Bio is delighted to join BioNJ and Pennsylvania Bio in welcoming the 2015 BIO International Convention back to the city of Philadelphia,” said Bob Dayton, president of Delaware Bio. “The region’s significant and diverse life science research and development and manufacturing accomplishments will serve as a great backdrop for the event.”
The BIO International Convention helps to support the association’s programs and initiatives. BIO works throughout the year to create a policy environment that enables the industry to continue to fulfill its vision of bettering the world through biotechnology innovation. For more information on the global event for biotechnology, including program, registration, and housing information, please visit http://convention.bio.org/.
Upcoming BIO Events
Advanced Business Development Course
November 12-14, 2010
BIO-Europe International Partnering Conference
November 15-17, 2010
Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
December 11-14, 2010
BIO Asia International Partnering Conference
January 24-25, 2011
BIO CEO & Investor Conference
February 14-15, 2011
New York, NY
BIO-Europe Spring 2011
March 14-16, 2011
BIO International Convention
June 27-30, 2011
BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Spring Conference and Committee Meeting
April 13-15, 2011
BIO represents more than 1,100 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. BIO produces BIOtech Now, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling “innovations transforming our world.” Subscribe to BIOtech Now.
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