BIO International Convention Plans 2016 Return to San Francisco - The Birth Place of

<em>The Global Event for Biotechnology was last held in San Francisco in 2004</em></p>

Washington, D.C. (October 21, 2013) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announces that the BIO International Convention – the global event for biotechnology – will return to San Francisco, California in 2016 at the Moscone Center.  The event was previously held in San Francisco in 2004. 

“The San Francisco Bay Area is where it all began—it is the birthplace of the very first biotechnology company,” said Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, producer of the BIO International Convention.  “Today, San Francisco remains one of the most creative and prolific locations for the life sciences sector, a thriving hub with nearly 1,000 biotech companies.  We are excited to bring the BIO International Convention back to San Francisco in 2016.”

The BIO International Convention is the world’s largest event for the biotechnology industry, regularly attracting more than 15,000 high-level professionals from 48 states and more than 60 countries. The annual event highlights the latest advancements in biotechnology.

“With hundreds of emerging growth biotech companies calling San Francisco home – it is the perfect place for the 2016 BIO International Convention,” said Rachel King, BIO Chairwoman and CEO of GlycoMimetics. “The Bay Area’s biotechnology sector is a microcosm of BIO’s membership. San Francisco offers an ideal venue for our members to form partnerships, raise capital and develop the connections critical for success. We are thrilled to be returning to San Francisco for the 2016 BIO International Convention.”

“Those of us working in the Bay Area’s biotechnology sector are pleased to host the 2016 return of the BIO International Convention to San Francisco.  The BIO International Convention remains our industry’s most influential and important event.  There is no better place to hold this global event than right here in the birthplace of biotechnology,” said Paul Hastings, President & CEO of Redwood City, California-based OncoMed Pharmaceuticals and Governing Board Chair of BIO’s Emerging Companies Section (ECS).

The Convention next heads to San Diego, California for the 2014 BIO International Convention, which will be held June 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center.  The 2015 event will be held June 15-18 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Upcoming BIO Events 

BIO IPCC Conference
November 6-8, 2013
Washington, DC

BIO Convention in China
November 11-13, 2013
Beijing, China

Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy
December 8-11, 2013
San Diego, CA

BIO CEO & Investor Conference
February 10 – 11, 2014
New York, NY

BIO Asia International Conference
April 8-9, 2014
Tokyo, Japan

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology
May 12-15, 2014
Philadelphia, PA

BIO International Convention
June 23-26, 2014
San Diego, CA