Registration and Housing for the 2013 BIO International Convention Now Available

The global event for biotech to take place in Chicago, IL April 22-25, 2013.</p>

Washington, D.C. (October 18, 2012) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announces registration and housing for the 2013 BIO International Convention is now available. Hosted by BIO, the global event for biotechnology will be held April 22-25, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The Convention, celebrating its 20thanniversary, brings together life science leaders and policy makers from around the globe looking to address the biotech industry’s most pressing issues.

"The BIO International Convention is without peer as a global meeting place for executives, scientists, entrepreneurs and professionals,” said David Miller, president and CEO of the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization, better known as iBIO®. “The Chicago and Midwest life sciences community looks forward to showcasing our region’s many strengths at this exciting event.”

Illinois is the world’s 12thbiggest economy – a huge market for biotech products and services. The state has a long history of technological breakthroughs in biotechnology, chemistry, physics, computing and communications. Illinois is home to more than 440 corporate R&D facilities and more than 200 academic, government and nonprofit research institutions

The 2013 BIO International Convention program will feature three days of cutting-edge educational sessions which will see shorter session times, interactive panel discussions with dynamic speakers and a more informal room set which will allow for audience engagement.New this year, the programming on Monday will feature the International Spotlights and Policies Track, a full day program focused on the BRIC countries. Additional Monday programming includes: BioTech Primer; Translational Research Forum; Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp; Breakout Sessions and International Market Briefings.

To learn more about the program and available registration packages for Convention, please visit here.

The BIO International Convention also features the industry's largest partnering event, hosting a record breaking 25,000+partnering meetings in 2012.  More than 4,000 companies participated in One-on-One Partnering meetings in the BIO Business Forum™ and in the BIO Exhibition. These efficient meetings foster the opportunity for companies to initiate business contacts in a friendly environment and schedule meetings prior to the Convention.

Partnering attendees will still have the option to attend traditional partnering meetings, held in the Business Forum’s private meeting booths or in Exhibitor Booths.

Advance media registration is now available for qualified reporters working full time for print, broadcast and web publications with valid press credentials. To register, please visit here.

To take advantage of BIO Housing, please visit here.

BIO performs many services for members, but none is more visible than the BIO International Convention. The Convention helps BIO fulfill its mission to help grow the global biotech industry. The event supports BIO‘s ongoing 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 biotech innovation.


Upcoming BIO Events 

October 24-25, 2012
Shanghai, China
November 12-14, 2012
Charleston, SC
January 29 – 30, 2013
Tokyo, Japan
February 11 – 12, 2013
New York City, NY
April 22 – 25, 2013
Chicago, IL