BIO Announces Future BIO International Convention Venues

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Monday, October 05, 2009) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announces future locations of the BIO International Convention.  The Convention next heads to Chicago for the 2010 BIO International Convention, being held May 3-6 at McCormick Place. The Convention was last held in Chicago in 2006.

“We are excited to bring the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry to Chicago in 2010.  Chicago and the Midwest region are home to a robust biotech hub and a thriving academic community. The Convention will help showcase the regional biotechnology community and drive further biotech investment throughout the Midwestern United States,” said Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, producer of the BIO International Convention.  “The Convention draws a global focus to the host region’s biotech community, helping attract continued biotech investment.” 

“Those of us in the Midwest’s diverse biosciences community are enthusiastic about the return of the BIO International Convention,” said David Miller, President and CEO of iBIO and the iBIO Institute.  “Chicago is an ideal international showcase for our medical, agricultural, and industrial biotech contributions, and the Convention remains the best event on the planet for learning and sharing with colleagues from around the world.”

The BIO International Convention typically brings more than $30 million in economic impact to the city in which the event is held. This includes direct spending, tax revenue and hotel room nights during Convention.

Future cities and dates include:

Chicago, Ill. – May 3-6, 2010
Washington, DC – June 27-30, 2011
Boston, Mass. – June 18-21, 2012

For future conventions, BIO has chosen a Monday – Thursday day pattern.  Monday – Thursday is a good pattern for the event because it allows for at least three full days of BIO Business Forum partnering, ample networking and education for the diverse topics and affiliated events that are hosted in conjunction with the BIO International Convention.

The convention attracts approximately 20,000 industry leaders and features more than 200,000 square feet of exhibitions showcasing the latest advancements in biotechnology alongside an array of potential partners, service providers, and state and international delegations. The 2009 convention included 170 breakout sessions, keynotes from global leaders, business partnering meetings, and numerous networking events.

The BIO International Convention helps to support the association’s 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, registration, and housing information, please visit


Upcoming BIO Events

BIO Investor Forum
October 28-29, 2009
San Francisco, CA

Advanced Business Development Course
October 30, 2009
Vienna, Austria

BIO Europe International Partnering Conference
November 2-4, 2009
Vienna, Austria

Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
November 8-11, 2009
Honolulu, HI 

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.