We are living in unprecedented times, as cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) rapidly increase while the world struggles to contain the pandemic. The biotechnology industry has stepped up to help combat this public health threat, working tirelessly to develop potential treatments, diagnostics and vaccines.
BIO has been weighing these factors as we look ahead to the annual BIO International Convention scheduled for June 8-11 in San Diego. Given the impact of COVID and global health recommendations regarding large, in-person gatherings, we have made the decision to transition the traditional in-person BIO International Convention to a new, virtual event, BIO Digital 2020.
Now, more than ever, we must organize, connect and collaborate to advance research to combat this public health threat, and nothing stops innovation. BIO Digital 2020 will focus on collaboration and partnership. BIO One-on-One Partnering™ will now launch in late April with new features that allow attendees to schedule virtual meetings using their preferred method– whether it is via a teleconference system, video meeting service or other medium.
BIO Digital will also feature expert-level educational content featuring panel and fireside chats across four days, complete with both live and on-demand sessions. Programing will focus on the most pressing industry topics including COVID-19, digital health, business development, oncology, gene editing, and the latest therapeutic advancements in biotech. As BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood noted in this video release, “BIO is committed to bringing the forces of this great industry together as we always have. At this critical juncture in our history, we stand ready to combat this pandemic and continue to improve and save lives because nothing stops innovation.”
BIO is playing a key role in connecting innovators with partners across both industry and government in response to the pandemic. We created a web page dedicated to resources for the biopharmaceutical industry that includes:
- Business Resource Center: A center to stay up to date with the latest information to help members maintain business continuity during the pandemic
- Coronavirus Hub: A platform to enable users to post requests for urgently needed resources and connect them to companies with available capacity and resources.
BIO will be contacting registered attendees, exhibitors, and partners in the coming days with additional information on how to engage with this new format. More information on 2020 BIO Digital is available on BIO’s website.