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BIO Impact Goes Fully Digital for 2020

July 8, 2020
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Connor McKoy

Washington, D.C. (July 8, 2020)—The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) announced today it will be moving the 2020 BIO IMPACT Ag & Environment Conference scheduled for September 21-22 to an online platform, instead of convening an in-person event.

“Today out of an abundance of caution, we are announcing that the 2020 BIO Impact Ag and Environment Conference will be going fully digitial in September,” said Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, BIO President and CEO. "While we are disappointed that we will not be able to host BIO Impact in Raleigh, I am excited to build off the success of BIO Digital for this important event."

Earlier this month, BIO convened a very successful BIO Digital event, in lieu of its in-person BIO International Convention. BIO IMPACT Digital will adopt many of the same formats.

Taking place over two days, BIO IMPACT Digital will feature expert-level program content focused on the most pressing topics including climate change, sustainability, the bioeconomy, international development, and how COVID is impacting our industry’s work in each of these areas. Panels will be a mix of live and on-demand sessions.

“There has never been a more important time to shine a light on the science that is truly making our world more resilient by improving our food security in sustainable ways, protecting our environment, and facilitating breakthroughs in green energy and biobased manufacturing," said McMurry-Heath. 

BIO Impact Digital will also feature BIO’s One-on-One Partnering system, which allows attendees to schedule virtual meetings using their preferred methods –teleconference, video, or another medium – to maximize their business developing and partnering potential.

In February, BIO renamed the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology to be the BIO Impact Ag & Environment Conference to better represent the influence biotech innovations have across the agriculture and environment sectors. Building on nearly two decades of advancing the biobased economy, the event will continue to build powerful networks of thought leaders, academia, and decision-makers.

For more information about the 2020 BIO Impact Digital Ag & Environment Conference, visit

BIO remains committed to amplifying the industry’s efforts to develop solutions for our changing world. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BIO has created an Agriculture and Environment web page dedicated to resources for the bioeconomy. The Business Resource Center features the most up-to-date information on how to maintain business continuity during the pandemic. The center’s newest feature is the Coronavirus Hub, a platform that will enable users to post requests for urgently needed resources and announce the availability of supplies and capacity.

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