BIO Announces Welcome Reception Entertainment Planned for 2009 BIO International Convention

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, March 31, 2009) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced that The B-52s will be performing during the 2009 BIO International Convention Welcome Reception.  The reception is hosted by BioGeorgia, and part of a full schedule of events for the global event for biotechnology, taking place May 18-21 in Atlanta.   

“We are pleased to have BioGeorgia as host of our welcome reception. Georgia has a great story to tell about biotechnology and the BIO International Convention is the perfect platform to help tell this story to the world,” said Robbi Lycett, vice president, Conventions and Conferences at BIO.  “We are also looking forward to having The B-52s help us kick off the Convention with their much anticipated performance.”

Biotechnology supports 69,750 jobs in the Southeastern US in cutting edge research on technologies that are providing solutions to the most pressing issues facing the world today.  The state of Georgia has a strong and coordinated research base and biotech companies focusing on every facet of bioscience, including agribusiness, energy and environmental, healthcare and eldercare - to attract investment and development to the region.

Thirty-plus years and over twenty million albums into their career, The B-52s, who got their start in Athens, GA, remain among the most beloved rock stars ever. From the timeless gems of "Rock Lobster," "Planet Claire" and "Private Idaho" to the more recent classics of "Channel Z," "Love Shack," "Roam" and "Funplex," The B-52s' unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time the music begins.

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

Each year, the BIO International Convention draws approximately 20,000 industry leaders from 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.

In addition, this year’s BIO Exhibition will cover will cover an estimated 200,000 net sq. ft. and host more than 2,200 exhibitors.

To register for the BIO International Convention, please visit   Attendees can save 30% on registration by signing up before April 9, 2009.

Advanced media registration will be available online through May 8, 2009.  To register, please visit htttp://

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 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.