2009 BIO International Convention to Host US Governors, International Public Officials

ATLANTA, GA (Monday, May 18, 2009) - The 2009 BIO International Convention will play host to a number of domestic and international public officials.  Hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) the global event for biotechnology will take place May 18-21, 2009, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

"We are thrilled to welcome so many prominent governors to our Convention," said Patrick Kelly, vice president for State Government Relations at BIO. "These policy leaders recognize the vital contributions our industry is making to states across the nation.  They recognize that biotechnology means high-wage, high-value jobs.  They recognize that biotechnology means economic growth.  And they recognize that biotechnology means establishing their state as a global leader in scientific innovation."

U.S. Governors in attendance include:

·        Governor Sonny Perdue, Georgia

·        Governor Steve Beshear, Kentucky

·        Governor Martin O’Malley, Maryland

·        Governor Deval Patrick, Massachusetts

·        Governor Jay Nixon, Missouri

·        Governor Beverly Perdue, North Carolina

·        Governor Tim Kaine, Virginia

·        Governor Jim Doyle, Wisconsin

Additionally, the convention will host more than 90 international public officials from 18 countries and the European Union, including:

·        Premier Jean Charest, Quebec, Canada

·        Minister Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, Canada

·        Premier Gary Doer, Manitoba, Canada

·        Minister Julio Escobar, Minister & Secretary of Science, Technology & Innovation, Panama

·        Ambassador Roy Ferguson from New Zealand

·        Ambassador Petr Kolar from the Czech Republic

·        Premier Dalton McGuinty, Ontario, Canada

·        Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen from Denmark

·        Ambassador Ferenc Somogyi from Hungary

·        Ambassador Pierre Vimont from France



“We have seen an increased level of international participation for this year’s event, including first time attendance for public officials from Brazil, the Czech Republic, Israel, Spain, and Poland, who also has a pavilion for the first time this year,” said Robbi Lycett, vice president, Conventions and Conferences at BIO. 

Each year, the BIO International Convention draws industry leaders from approximately 48 states and 60 countries.  This year, the Convention program will feature 170 sessions in 22 breakout session tracks.  Sessions will address the most pressing issues facing biotech today, including healthcare pricing and access, capital formation and partnering strategies in a tight credit environment, and climate change and biofuels.

In addition, this year’s BIO Exhibition will cover will cover an estimated 176,000 net sq. ft. and host more than 1,800 exhibitors.
To register for the BIO International Convention, please visit  

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  


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Upcoming BIO Events

BIO Human Resources Conference
May 17-19, 2009
Atlanta, GA

2009 BIO International Convention
May 18-21, 2009
Atlanta, Ga.

BioEquity Europe
June 9-10, 2009
Munich, Germany

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing
July 19-22, 2009
Montreal, Quebec, Canada


About BIO

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.