BIO Issues Call for Session Proposals for 2009 BIO International Convention

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, August 06, 2008) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) invites leaders in science, finance, business, law, and government policy to submit proposals for breakout sessions at the 2009 BIO International Convention, the global event for biotechnology, to be held May 18-21, 2009 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.

The BIO International Convention will highlight the latest information and the newest opportunities for executives, investors, scientists, policy leaders, and media from around the world. Speakers at the sessions will share breakthroughs in medicine, diagnostics, the environment, energy production, food and agriculture and more with a global audience of 20,000 attendees.

The convention will feature more than 150 breakout sessions in 19 educational session tracks.  New tracks for 2009 include Achieving Regulatory Approval, Biomarkers, Exciting Science 2009, Global Biotechnology Issues, Translational Medicine, and Vaccines.  Other tracks will cover various aspects of biotechnology and the life sciences from business and policy issues, to individual subject areas such as industrial and environmental, healthcare, and food and agriculture applications

The 2008 BIO International Convention attracted attendees from 70 countries and 48 states.  The program included 175 breakout sessions, 21 educational tracks, more than 1,000 speakers, three keynote sessions, six Super Sessions and three CEO Forum sessions.  The convention also featured a day dedicated to international programming. 

To view two free sessions from the 2008 BIO International Convention, please visit

Applications for education sessions will only be accepted online at  The online application process closes on Thursday, August 28th at 5:00 pm EDT. All proposals will be reviewed by BIO staff and an International Program Committee composed of biotechnology professionals. Applicants will be notified of the status of their session proposal by November 30, 2008.

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

Upcoming BIO Events

Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy

Sept. 10-12, 2008
Vancouver, BC, Canada

BIO Investor Forum 2008
October 29-31, 2008
San Francisco, Calif.

BIO-Europe 2008
November 17-19, 2008
Mannheim/Heidelberg, Germany

2009 BIO International Convention
May 18-21, 2009
Atlanta, Ga.

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.