Media Registration for BIO International Convention Now Available Online

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, December 01, 2009) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announces the opening of media registration for the 2010 BIO International Convention.  Hosted by BIO, the global event for biotechnology will take place May 3-6, 2010, in Chicago, Ill at McCormick Place.

“We’re excited to head back to Chicago for the 2010 BIO International Convention,” said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood.  “We had a very successful meeting there in 2006, and look forward to our return to the Midwest this spring.”

Illinois is home to more than 440 corporate R&D facilities and more than 200 academic, government, and nonprofit research institutions.  The state delivers a broad range of products and services, including medicines, medical devices, nutritional products, food and agricultural applications, alternative fuels, industrials, and environmental solutions.

Presentations and breakout sessions at the 2010 BIO International Convention will focus on research and development, partnership opportunities, and new business models required to meet global health challenges. 

 The 2010 BIO International Convention is expected to draw between 15,000 and 17,000 industry leaders from 48 states and 60 countries.  This year, the Convention program will feature more than 125 sessions in 17 tracks.  New tracks for 2010 include Delivery and Manufacturing of Biologics, Global Drug Development and Marketing, Innovations in Vaccines, and MarketPlace Watch.

 In addition, this year’s BIO Exhibition will cover an estimated 200,000 net sq. ft. and host more than 1,800 exhibitors. Product Focus Zones within the BIO Exhibition will include BioProcess, Business Services, Clinical Trials, Contracts, Discovery and the BioPark.

In 2009, the convention attracted more than 14,000 attendees and exhibitors with approximately one-third from countries outside the U.S. The Georgia event also hosted numerous domestic and international public officials including 8 US governors.

The BIO International Convention was named 2008 Top Association Show, and in 2009 was included on Tradeshow Week’s Fastest 50 list for the third consecutive year. 

Advance media registration is now open and will be available online through April 23, 2010.  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

7th Annual BIO Asia Partnering Conference

January 25-26, 2010

Tokyo, Japan


12th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference

February 8-9, 2010

New York, NY

9th Annual Windhover & Windhover PSO
February 23-25, 2010
New York City, NY

BIO-Europe Spring
March 8-10, 2010
Barcelona, Spain

3rd Annual BIO National Venture Conference
April 6 - 7, 2010
Boston, MA

BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Spring Conference and Committee Meeting
April 19-21, 2010
New Orleans, LA

BIO International Convention
May 3-6, 2010
Chicago, IL
McCormick Place Convention Center

2010 BIO Human Resources Conference
May 4-7, 2010
Chicago, IL


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.