Media Registration for BIO International Convention Now Available Online

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, December 10, 2008) -  The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announces the opening of media registration for the 2009 BIO International Convention.  Hosted by BIO, the global event for biotechnology will take place May 18-21, 2009, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.

“Atlanta’s growing biotech community is an ideal setting for the 2009 BIO International Convention,” said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood.  “We look forward to bringing the best that biotech has to offer to Georgia this spring.”

With the nation’s seventh-largest biotech cluster, Georgia is home to a number of life-science companies and research universities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Carter Center for Global Health Initiatives.  The industry is projected to produce $7.8 billion in Georgia-generated sales in 2008, according to Shaping Infinity, the Georgia Life Sciences Industry Analysis 2008.

“It is a reflection of the dramatic growth in Georgia’s life sciences industry that this international convention is coming to Georgia and the Southeast for the first time,” said Charles Craig, president of Georgia Bio.

The 2009 BIO International Convention is expected to draw 20,000 industry leaders from around the world. The Convention program will feature more than 150 sessions in 21 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 2,200 exhibitors.  For information on exhibiting at the 2009 BIO International Convention, please visit     

In 2008, the convention attracted more than 20,000 attendees and exhibitors with approximately one-third from countries outside the U.S. The San Diego event also hosted numerous domestic and international public officials including 10 US governors.

The BIO International Convention was named 2008 Top Association Show, and has been included on Tradeshow Week’s Fastest 50 list for the second consecutive year.  Growth of the convention and BIO overall, has paralleled that of the dynamic industry that BIO represents.

Advance media registration is now open and will be available online through May 8, 2009.  To register in advance, please visit

To register for the BIO International Convention or reserve housing, please visit: 

 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-Asia Partnering Conference 2009
January 19-20, 2009
Tokyo, Japan

BIO CEO & Investor Conference 2009
February 9-10, 2009
New York, New York

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

BIO Windhover 2009
April 13-15, 2009
New York, New York

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.