Advance Media Registration for the 2008 BIO International Convention Now Available Online

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Monday, January 07, 2008) - Advance media registration for the 2008 BIO International Convention, the Global Event for Biotechnology, is now available online at

         Hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the BIO International Convention will take place June 17-20 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. The convention will highlight all the ways that biotechnology, the life sciences, investments, policy, and the international community work together to heal, fuel, and feed the world.  This year, the day pattern will change to Tuesday through Friday (previously, the Convention was held Sunday through Wednesday).

         The BIO International Convention features keynote sessions from thought leaders, including policymakers, scientists, CEOs and celebrities. Former speakers include President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Michael J. Fox, and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, among others. The convention will include 175 breakout sessions covering biotech trends, policy issues and technology innovations and the world’s largest biotechnology exhibition – the BIO Exhibition. The preliminary schedule is available at

        Recently, the BIO International Convention was named one of the Fastest 50, a list of the fastest-growing trade shows in the country, by Tradeshow Week magazine.

        In 2007, the convention attracted 22,366 attendees and exhibitors with approximately one-third from countries outside the U.S. Growth of the meeting, and BIO overall, has paralleled that of the dynamic industry that BIO represents. BIO currently projects more than 20,000 attendees for the 2008 BIO International Convention in San Diego. The convention was last held in San Diego in 2001 and attracted 14,731 professionals.

        Registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the news media. To register, please visit  Reporters and editors working full-time for print, broadcast, and online news organizations may register onsite with valid media credentials. All freelancers, college and online publications are strongly encouraged to register in advance by Wednesday, June 4, 2008.

        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

 About BIO
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. BIO also produces the annual BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry.


Upcoming BIO Events

 ·   BIO-Asia Partnering Conference 
     January 28-29, 2008
     Tokyo, Japan

 ·   BIO CEO & Investor Conference 
     February 11-13, 2008
     New York, NY

 ·   Partnering for Global Health 
     March 10-12, 2008
     Washington, DC

 ·   BIO-Europe Spring
     April 7-9, 2008
     Madrid, Spain

 ·   BIO National Venture Conference
     April 22-23, 2008
     Boston, Mass.

 ·   World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing 
     April 27-30, 2008
     Chicago, Ill.

 ·   2008 BIO International Convention
    June 17-20, 2008
    San Diego, Calif.