2009 BIO International Convention Looks Ahead to New Administration, Greater Innovation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, February 24, 2009) - The 2009 BIO International Convention will address the challenges currently facing the market environment, as well as the many ways that biotechnology works to help heal, fuel, and feed the world and provide a cleaner environment. Hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), this year’s global event for biotechnology will take place May 18-21 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.


“The BIO International Convention represents the world’s largest gathering of the biotech community, showcasing and connecting the people, companies and biotech-based innovations that help to improve life for the future,” said Robbi Lycett, vice president of Conventions & Conferences at BIO.  “Despite the current economy, senior-level executives will attend, partnering will be crucial and business deals will be made. This year’s International Convention will involve domestic and international policymakers who will offer solutions to the many issues facing the biotech industry today.”


The 2009 BIO International Convention will focus on research and development, partnership opportunities, and the new business models required to meet global health challenges. In addition, the Convention will focus on innovation and the BIO Exhibition will feature new Product Focus Zones including, BioIT, BioFuels, Business Services and Emerging Technologies.


Some key super sessions to note at this year’s Convention include:


·                     The Annual Burrill State-of-the-Industry Report

·                     Beyond Business as Usual: Ernst & Young's Global Biotechnology Report 2009

·                     Weathering the Perfect Storm of Financial Distress and Political Pressure

·                     Public Health and Business: Is the Sum Greater than the Parts?

·                     Biotech Intellectual Property at the Crossroads (which will identify key policy issues at the intersection of  intellectual property and

·                     Global Biotechnology Innovation: Connecting the Laboratory, the Field and the Marketplace (which will showcase the breadth of
                      opportunities for public-private partnerships)


“BIO recognizes the vast changes in the marketplace since last year’s Convention and applauds President Barack Obama’s commitment to innovation and support for scientific discovery,” said Lycett. “The 2009 Convention will offer thought leaders a unique venue to interact, collaborate and exchange ideas to help drive the global innovation economy.”


Each year, the International Convention draws an average of 20,000 industry leaders from approximately 60 countries. This year, the Convention program will feature more than 150 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.


To register for the BIO International Convention, please visit 


Advanced media registration will be available online through May 8, 2009. To register, 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  

Upcoming BIO Events

BIO-Europe Spring
March 16-18, 2009
Milan, Italy

BIO IP Counsels' Committee Conference
March 25–27, 2009
Phoenix, AZ

BIO National Venture Conference
March 31–April 1,2009
Boston, MA

BIO Windhover 2009
April 13-15, 2009
New York, NY

BIO-LES Business Development Basics Course
May 15–17, 2009
Atlanta, GA  

BIO-LES Advanced Business Development Course
May 15–17, 2009
Atlanta, GA 

BIO Executive Presentation Workshop
May 17, 2009
Atlanta, GA

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.