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BIO 2018 Wednesday Keynote: I’ll have what she’s having

May 22, 2018
The famous line—"I’ll have what she’s having”—from the movie classic When Harry Met Sally is on every list of best movie quotes and is displayed above the table where the scene was shot in Katz’s Delicatessen in NYC. The famed director of this and countless other hit movies is the keynote speaker for Wednesday morning, June 6 during the BIO International Convention. Rob Reiner made history with his role as Michael Stivic, or Meathead as his character’s father-in-law called him, in “All in the Family”—a sitcom that broke ground tackling issues like race, rape and homosexuality.  His career grew to include directing, producing and even political activism.

In 2015 Reiner directed his most personal film, Being Charlie, which was written by his son Nick who suffers from drug addiction. The fictional piece follows the struggles of a troubled teenager who runs away from a rehab facility and must face the consequences.

BIO’s President and CEO, Jim Greenwood, who will interview Reiner at the Wednesday, June 6 keynote from 9 – 10:30 AM ET, had this to say about the acclaimed director: “Rob is a passionate advocate for those living with substance abuse disorders and addiction. His poignant story of helping his son overcome his battle with drug addiction will inspire attendees and our industry in its quest to discover next generation, non-addictive pain therapies. I look forward to our discussion.”

Registration is open for this year’s event, which promises to be the most comprehensive biotech convention in the world. In addition to the 19 educational tracks covering all sectors of biotechnology, including genome editing, opioids, digital health and more, BIO 2018 will feature the most influential global leaders in this year’s lineup of Super Sessions. Recent speakers announced include:

  • Johnson & Johnson Innovation – Marianne De Backer

  • Genentech – Dr. Thomas Zioncheck

  • Takeda – Rejeev Venkayya

  • Biogen – John Pieracci

  • Pfizer – Bob Smith

  • FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies – Steve Bagshaw

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb – Dr. Thomas J. Lynch, Jr.

  • Sanofi Genzyme – Bill Sibold

  • Harvard Medical School – Scott D. Solomon

  • Flatiron Health – Marta Bralic

  • Verily – Dr. Luba Greenwood

  • Tufts University School of Medicine – Kenneth Kaitlin

  • NOVOVAX – Stanley Erck

  • Seqirus – Gordon Naylor

Other notable programing includes:

  • BIO One-on-One Partnering™ – Expected to top last year’s more than 41,000 individual meetings held over the course of four days.

  • Engaging exhibits such as the Patient Advocacy Pavilion, Emerging Innovators Zone, Digital Health Zone, and Start-Up Stadium – a “Shark Tank”-like program where startups present to leading subject-matter experts in the industry.

This year the Convention will be making an official Guinness World Records® attempt for the “Largest Business Partnering Event.” The industry-leading BIO One-on-one Partnering™ will facilitate nearly 1,300 partnering meetings per hour during the event with the grand total expected to approach over 44,000 business-to-business meetings over the course of four days.

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