What’s New at BIO 2006?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 3, 2006) – Don’t think that if you’ve been to one BIO conference, you’ve seen it all.  Just check with any of the 18,000 international delegates expected to converge in Chicago April 9-12, 2006, for the 14th annual BIO International Convention. 

“We’re delighted to bring the conference to Chicago,” said Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).  “In keeping with our theme:  ‘Brilliant science, smart business, better living, it’s all here,’ we’ve added several new aspects to the conference.”   Sponsored by the BIO, the meeting is the world’s largest gathering of researchers, CEOs, investors and suppliers with interest in the diverse science of biotechnology.

“BIO’s program is designed to offer fresh content for the attendees, whether this is their first conference or 14th.   We challenge ourselves to create up-to-the minute programming that takes advantage of the latest ‘hot topics’ and industry innovation.  With guidance from a committee of local biotech leaders and professionals, we have produced a four-day event packed with something for everyone,” noted Greenwood.

Among the firsts for the conference are:

·        Four new topics have been added to the list of breakout sessions:  Devices and Diagnostics, Emerging Markets, Marketing, and Regenerative Medicine.

·        Three new specialty pavilions in the BIO2006 Exhibit Hall which offer a unique set of exhibits.  The specialty areas are:  Food and Agriculture, Industrial and Environment, and Supplier and Service Providers.

·        “Innovative Solutions for Translational Research,” a new program sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.   Discussion of case studies of internal and external entities established to provide resources, assistance, and acceleration in translational research and/or the commercialization of university discoveries.


·        The exhibit hall at BIO 2006 will be the largest gathering of biotechnology exhibitors in history, including more than 1,600 companies, organizations and institutions representing every aspect of the biotechnology industry. With 176,000 net square feet of exhibit space, the hall is approximately the size of three football fields.


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BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and 31 other nations.  BIO members are involved in the research and development of health-care, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.