BIO International Convention Named a Tradeshow Week Fastest 50 Winner

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, August 05, 2009) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is pleased to announce that Tradeshow Week (TSW) has named the BIO International Convention as one of the fifty fastest growing tradeshows for 2009.  This is the third consecutive year that BIO has been named a TSW Fastest 50 winner.


“We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition for the BIO International Convention, the largest global event for the biotechnology industry,” said Robbi Lycett, vice president, Conventions and Conferences for BIO.  “Our convention is the place where global biotech deals are made and business gets done.  The BIO International Convention is a critical activity in our association’s mission to grow the industry and create an environment in which companies can continue to develop technologies that help save and extend lives, provide renewable fuels and protect the environment.”


The Tradeshow Week editorial and research staff identified the TSW Fastest 50 based on 50% total net square footage growth and 50% net growth between 2006 and 2008. The BIO International Convention will be honored at the TSW Fastest 50 weekend in Houston, November 13-15. The conference will begin with education sessions and networking before culminating at the black-tie gala where all fifty winning shows will be honored. The fastest-growing tradeshow, association show and consumer show will be revealed - as well as the overall fastest growing show.


In November 2008, the BIO International Convention was named 2008 Top Association Show by Tradeshow Week.  The BIO International Convention boasted a 37% growth in exhibition floor square footage from 2006-2008.


Product Focus Zones within the BIO Exhibition were added in 2007 to increase value for attendees and exhibitors making it easier for attendees to see all the products and services in the time they have available within the BIO Exhibition. 


Additionally, the BIO Business Forum is a unique opportunity for companies to create partnering opportunities. With more than 14,000 partnering meetings held at the recent 2009 BIO International Convention, companies took advantage of the opportunity to discuss business licensing and future potential partnerships.


“It is important that we keep the current economic situation in mind as we look for new ways to increase attendee value at our convention, and to keep attendees informed and engaged from the beginning of the planning process through to the end of the convention,” said Lycett.


As the BIO International Convention has grown, BIO has consistently developed strategies and programs for helping attendees navigate the event – from creating product focus zones within the BIO Exhibition to using myBIO, a personal event planning tool that enables event attendees to connect before, during, and after the show, to increase attendee value.  New social media opportunities for attendees included a live Twitter-feed, Linked In and Facebook pages, as well as video content on a dedicated BIO YouTube channel.


The 2010 BIO International Convention, taking place May 3-6, at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Ill., will feature a program with more than 125 sessions in 17 breakout session tracks highlighting the latest information and the newest opportunities for executives, investors, scientists, policy leaders, and media from around the world. More than 1,000 speakers will share breakthroughs in medicine, diagnostics, the environment, energy production, food and agriculture and more. 

The BIO Exhibition will cover more than 200,000 net square feet, hosting more than 1,800 exhibition companies.  For information on exhibiting at the 2010 BIO International Convention, please visit    

The 2009 BIO International Convention attracted 14,352 attendees from 59 countries and 48 states.  The program included keynote sessions, Super Sessions, and breakout sessions.

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 additional attendee and exhibitor information, please visit

For a complete listing of the Fastest 50 Award recipients, 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.