WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 5, 2008) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announces the opening of registration and housing for the 2009 BIO International Convention. Hosted by BIO, the global event for biotechnology will take place May 18-21, 2009, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.
“Atlanta’s growing biotech community is an ideal setting for the 2009 BIO International Convention,” said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood. “We look forward to bringing the best that biotech has to offer to Georgia this spring.”
With the nation’s seventh-largest biotech cluster, Georgia is home to a number of life-science companies and research universities, as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Carter Center for Global Health Initiatives. The industry is projected to produce $7.8 billion in Georgia-generated sales in 2008.
“It is a reflection of the dramatic growth in Georgia’s life sciences industry that this international convention is coming to Georgia and the Southeast for the first time,” said Charles Craig, president of Georgia Bio.
The 2009 BIO International Convention is expected to draw 20,000 industry leaders from around the world. The Convention program will feature more than 150 sessions in 21 breakout session tracks highlighting the latest information and the newest opportunities for executives, investors, scientists, policy leaders, and media from around the world. More than 1,000 speakers will share breakthroughs in medicine, diagnostics, the environment, energy production, food and agriculture and more.
The BIO Exhibition will cover over 200,000 net square feet, hosting more than 2,200 exhibitors. For information on exhibiting at the 2009 BIO International Convention, please visit http://convention.bio.org/exhibitors.
In 2008, the convention attracted more than 20,000 attendees and exhibitors with approximately one-third from countries outside the U.S. The San Diego event also hosted numerous domestic and international public officials including 10 US governors.
Growth of the convention and BIO overall, has paralleled that of the dynamic industry that BIO represents. BIO currently projects 20,000 attendees for the 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta.
To register for the BIO International Convention or reserve housing, please visit: http://convention.bio.org.
The BIO International Convention helps to support BIO 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 and housing information, please visit http://convention.bio.org/.
BIO represents more than 1,200 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.
Upcoming BIO Events
Advanced Business Development Course
November 14-16, 2008
November 17-19, 2008
BIO CEO & Investor Conference 2009
New York, New York
February 9-11, 2009
2009 BIO International Convention
May 18-21, 2009