2007 BIO International Convention Registration Now Available Online

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 4, 2006) -- General registration is now available for the 2007 BIO International Convention, sponsored by the Biotechnology Industry Organization. The global event for biotechnology will take place May 6-9, 2007 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, with more than 19,000 industry leaders from 1,700 companies as well as public officials representing 60 countries expected to attend. Furthermore, the BIO Business Forum, held May 7-9, 2006 is expected to host in excess of 10,000 partnering meetings during the event.

“We are thrilled to be returning to Boston, the cradle of biotechnology,” stated Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of BIO. “On our last visit to Boston in 2000, the BIO International Convention attracted just over 10,000 attendees. In the last seven years, the International Convention has experienced phenomenal growth, reflecting the continued growth and underlying strength of the global biotechnology industry. This year’s event promises to be our best ever with outstanding speakers, ‘must attend’ program sessions, partnering meetings and, of course, the latest advancements in all aspects of biotechnology.”

The event, highlighted by the theme “New Ideas. Bold Ventures. Global Benefits,” will feature a program packed with sessions and speakers focusing on the global aspects of biotechnology, including business development, global health, clinical research/clinical trials, policy, bioethics, devices and diagnostics, biopreparedness, intellectual property/legal, food and agriculture, and industrial and environmental issues. International seminars will spotlight national-level developments from more than 30 countries and regions worldwide.

A 250,700-square-foot exhibit hall will showcase a record number of state, regional and international pavilions, and the BIO Business Forum partnering sessions promise to be the most successful to date. Networking opportunities will abound at evening and special events. The annual BIO Career Fair will be held Sunday, May 6, 2007 at the World Trade Center, Boston.

General registration for the BIO International Convention is now available at Early-bird discounted registrations of more than 30 percent are available until March 23, 2007. For more information about the global event for biotechnology, including housing and program updates, please visit the event homepage at

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.

Upcoming BIO Events

BIO Drug, Device & Diagnostic Summit
December 4-5, 2006
San Diego, CA

BIO CEO & Investor Conference
Feb. 12-14, 2007
New York City

2007 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing
March 21-24
Orlando, FL

BIO International Convention
May 6-9, 2007
Boston, MA