Toronto to Host BIO 2002

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 28, 2002) – The 16th annual International Biotechnology Convention and Exhibition, BIO 2002, will be held June 9-12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Canada has the second largest biotech industry in the world with the headquarters of more than 80 BIO member companies and other organizations.

BIO’s 1994 convention in Toronto attracted 2,000 attendees. Since then, the conference has grown each year, leading to a record-shattering turnout of 14,000 in San Diego for BIO 2001. International attendance jumped 40 percent for BIO 2001, which attracted registrants from 44 nations. BIO 2002 will feature 18 program tracks covering topics such as business development, food and agriculture, ethics, technology transfer, clinical/regulatory issues, and intellectual property.

To learn more about BIO, the BIO 2002 meeting, and the meeting’s impact on Canada, please contact BIO’s Peper Long at (202) 962-9232,, and Carrie Housman at (202) 962-9234,, or BIOTECanada’s Cate McCready at (613) 230-5585,

BIO 2002 registration for approved, credentialed media is complimentary, and advance registration is encouraged. All freelancers must register in advance. To register please visit In order to ensure housing, reporters are urged to register as soon as possible.

BIO represents more than 1,000 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations in all 50 U.S. states and 33 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of health-care, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

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