BIO Announces Business Forum Program for the 2009 BIO International Convention

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Thursday, April 16, 2009) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced the companies confirmed to present at the 2009 BIO International Convention’s Business Forum.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in partnering meetings, executive training workshops, and a full program of sessions geared toward life science professionals.  The global event for biotechnology will take place May 18-21, 2009 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.


“The BIO Business Forum is the world’s largest life sciences partnering event.  It offers an unparalleled opportunity for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, academic research institutions, and investors from around the world to gather in one place, meet one-on-one, and discuss business opportunities,” said Alan Eisenberg, executive vice president, Emerging Companies and Business Development, BIO.  “In today’s financial market, it is critical for companies to efficiently identify partners, investors and licensing opportunities not available at other industry partnering events.”


More than 180 companies have been confirmed to make partnering-oriented presentations at the Business Forum - the world’s largest life sciences partnering event. Participants in the Business Forum will also have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one partnering meetings utilizing BIO One-on-One Partnering®  -  BIO’s new, state-of-the-art partnering system, an interactive environment that allows attendees to intelligently search, contact and schedule private meetings with potential partners and investors at BIO’s meetings.   One-on-One Partnering helps attendees to improve their conference productivity and find licensing opportunities not available at other biotech industry and investor conferences.


In 2008, more than 14,500 partnering meetings took place between over 4,000 Business Forum participants over the course of the convention.  To view a full list of the companies confirmed to present in the Business Forum, please visit:   


In addition, the 2009 BIO International Convention will feature educational programming highlighting venture financing, business development, and capital formation.  Session topics include:


·         Maximizing Value: How Tough Markets Are Reshaping the Business Models of Big Pharma and Venture Capital

·         Business Model Conundrum: Focus on One Single Therapeutic Area, or Multiple Areas?

·         Out or In, Big or Small: Industry and Venture backed Out Licensing Deals and New Companies — What Are We Looking For?

·         Biotech M&A — How to Sell Your Company in an Environment of Consolidation

BIO will also offer two business development courses.  The “BIO – LES Business Development Basics” and “BIO – LES Business Development Advanced Course” will take place Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.  For more information on these sessions, including registration, please visit


The BIO Executive Presentation Workshop will take place Sunday, May 17, 8:30am – 6:00pm, Building A, Level 3;

Each year, the BIO International Convention draws industry leaders from approximately 48 states and 60 countries.  This year, the Convention program will feature more than 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 200,000 net sq. ft. and host more than 2,000 exhibitors.
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-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.