Biotechnology Industry Organization Launches BIO Community Web site

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, March 17, 2009) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has launched the BIO Community to provide free resources to biotechnology leaders and professionals in order to help them overcome the challenges currently facing the biotech industry.

BIO Community allows individuals to “create your own virtual BIO badge” application, access to free podcasts, articles, connections to colleagues via myBIO, the BIO International Convention event planner, access to the BIOConvention Twitter channel and the ability to place their community badge on their own LinkedIn, Facebook or social media tools.

In addition, BIO Community is hosting a contest -  Be the Buzz of BIO contest where companies can enter to win free publicity. Four contestants will win a complimentary registration to Convention and the opportunity to present their company in the BIO Business Forum in front of industry leaders — showcasing the winners to potential partners.

To enter the Be the Buzz of BIO contest, please visit Entries will be promoted to the media, financial community and key stakeholders. Voters will base their selections on innovation of technology, quality of presentation and strength of ideas. The deadline for submissions is March 31 and online voting begins April 1 through April 15th. Winners will be notified by April 17th.

“Now, more than ever, networking and partnering are vital for growing biotech businesses,” Robbi Lycett, vice president of Conventions & Conferences at BIO. “BIO is pleased to launch a Web site dedicated to providing opportunities for executives to make deals prior to and during Convention.”

To take advantage of the free resources offered by BIO, please visit the new BIO Community at

BIO tapped the resources of a digital marketing firm, for the community tools development.

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-Europe Spring
March 16-18, 2009
Milan, Italy

BIO IP Counsels' Committee Conference
March 25–27, 2009
Phoenix, AZ

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.