2014 BIO International Convention Kicks Off in San Diego

The World's Largest Biotechnology Event to Feature Keynote Sessions with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sir Richard Branson, More than 28,000 Partnering Meetings, and Five Super Sessions That Will Tackle Pressing Industry Issues

2014 BIO International Convention

SAN DIEGO--()--The 2014 BIO International Convention, the world’s largest biotechnology event, kicks off today in the San Diego Convention Center and goes through Thursday, June 26. Hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, this year’s event is expected to attract more than 3,000 biotechnology companies and more than 15,000 attendees from 48 states and 65 countries.

Convention Highlights Include:

  • Keynote Luncheon: Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group, Tuesday, June 24
    Please note: this Keynote session is open to attendees who have registered as Convention Access or higher as well as credentialed members of the print media only. No broadcast cameras allowed.
  • Keynote Luncheon: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State, Wednesday, June 25
    Media Coverage: The event is open to the press. All members of the media who attend the event must check in – and be provided credentials at Media Registration. Names and IDs will be checked. Seating for print media is limited. Once designated seating is full, media will be directed to an overflow room.
    Media entrance: Media may enter at the D/E entrances.
    Live Truck Pre-Set: 8:00 AM PDT
    Live truck parking: Satellite trucks may park/stage in front of the East Loading Dock (D/E), Convention Way.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: All live trucks must RSVP and request space to gain access. Space is limited and early RSVPs are encouraged.
    RSVP by 5:00 PM PDT, Tuesday, June 24 to Abigail Hirsch, ahirsch@bio.org.
    Cable run: 150 feet
    Smart City is able to accommodate fiber and standard cabling.
    Smart City may be reached at: rhancock@smartcity.com or 619.525.5524.
    Broadcast Pre-Set: 9:30 AM PDT *Note the change in broadcast pre-set time
    IMPORTANT NOTE: Space for cameras is limited. Those planning on covering Secretary Clinton’s remarks must RSVP to gain access. RSVP by 5:00 PM PDT, Tuesday, June 24 to Abigail Hirsch, ahirsch@bio.org.
    Still Photography Pre-Set: 11:00 AM PDT
    IMPORTANT NOTE: Those bringing still cameras will be escorted to set location. All photographs will be captured within the first five minutes of the Keynote. RSVP by 5:00 PM PDT, Tuesday, June 24 to Abigail Hirsch, ahirsch@bio.org.
  • One-on-One Partnering at the 2014 BIO International Convention, Tuesday, June 24 – Thursday, June 26
    BIO’s partnering program is the most efficient and economical way to find a business partner at the largest venue for private company-to-company meetings ("partnering") in the world. According to the 2013 Campbell Alliance's Deal Makers' Intentions report, partnering events such as BIO 2014 drive the majority of successful deals in the biopharma industry. This year, we're expecting more than 28,000 One-on-One Partnering meetings between more than 5,000 participating companies.
  • First Ever Digital Health Forum, Tuesday, June 24 – Wednesday, June 25
    BIO, in partnership with the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance, is excited to introduce the first ever Digital Health Forum and Zone at the 2014 BIO International Convention. The Digital Health Forum will explore the intersection of digital health, biotech and pharma. Industry thought leaders, stakeholders and innovators, along with forum Co-Chairs Wainwright Fishburn, Board Member, WLSA and Partner, Cooley LLP; Andrew Thompson, Co-Founder and CEO of Proteus Digital Health; and WellDoc, will highlight digital health's role in drug development, clinical trials, medication compliance, mobile prescription therapies, new business models, big data and much more. Forum presenters include visionaries from Dexcom, GE Capital Equity, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser-Permanente, Proteus Digital Health, MD Revolution, Sanofi, Scripps, WellDoc and others.
  • Super Session: A New Paradigm in Oncology Treatment, Tuesday, June 24
    Panelists will discuss the dramatic scientific innovation taking place and a vision for new paradigms in oncology through continued scientific investigation, use of new technologies and innovative collaborations.
  • Super Session: EY 2014 Biotechnology Industry Report, Wednesday, June 25
    Ernst & Young’s 2014 biotechnology industry report explores approaches that allow companies to “unlock value” by conducting R&D in ways that are both more capital-efficient and better aligned with the need to demonstrate value. The report highlights three such approaches: precision medicine, adaptive trials and pre-commercial collaborations.
  • Super Session: AMP-lifying Innovation: NIH, Patient Organizations & Leading Biopharma Firms Mobilize to Tackle Tough Diseases, Wednesday, June 25
    The Accelerating Medicines Partnerships (AMP) is a new venture among the NIH, several non-profit organizations and 10 biopharmaceutical companies focused on transforming the current model for developing new treatments. The Session will highlight the goals and implementation plans for the new AMP program as well as explore the evolution of large-scale public private partnerships in an evolving innovation ecosystem.
  • Super Session: The Next Big Deal: The Global Dealmaker Perspective, Thursday, June 26
    Campbell Alliance and BIO will present updated findings from two unique forward-looking measures of deal-making in the industry – the Campbell Alliance Dealmakers’ Intentions Study and the BIO One-on-One Partnering Forecast. Panelists will explore the impact of these market forces on pharmaceutical and biotech companies as they positions themselves to make the next big deal.
  • Super Session: Scientific American WorldView Super Session – Biotech: We are the World, Thursday, June 26
    Moderated by David Brancaccio, host of Marketplace Morning Report, this event will explore key themes form Scientific American’s annual biotechnology edition, featuring the WorldView Scorecard and fresh perspectives on international life science development.

Follow the 2014 Convention @BIOConvention, and join the conversation @IAmBIOtech.

Media registration is open from 7:00am – 6:30pm at the San Diego Convention Center. The Convention program features more than 160 sessions in 8 breakout sessions and 9 specialty forums. The majority of attendees, 70 percent, are c-level executives. They split evenly from large companies of 500 or more employees and small companies of 50 employees or less.

The BIO International Convention is the largest global event for the biotechnology industry and attracts the biggest names in biotech, offers key networking and partnering opportunities, and provides insights and inspiration on major trends affecting the industry. The Convention will highlight the latest trends and the newest opportunities for executives, investors, scientists, policy leaders, and media from around the world. Speakers at the sessions will share breakthroughs in medicine, diagnostics, the environment, energy production, business operations, financing, partnerships, policy issues and food and agriculture. Visit http://convention.bio.org/program/ for the most up-to-date program and speaker information.

The Convention also features the BIO Business Forum, which has grown over the past thirteen years to become the industry's largest partnering event. This year’s Convention is set to break all previous partnering records, with over 28,000 meetings expected to take place. Powered by BIO's One-on-One Partnering™ System, the BIO Business Forum™ fosters the opportunity for companies to initiate business contacts in a friendly environment and schedule private meetings prior to the Convention.

Upcoming BIO Events

BIO Latin America Conference
September 9-11, 2014
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Livestock Biotech Summit
September 16-18, 2014
Sioux Falls, SD

About BIO

BIO is the world's largest trade association representing 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. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.

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Biotechnology Industry Organization
Abigail Hirsch, 202-962-9235
Web: www.bio.org
Blog: www.biotech-now.org
Twitter: @IAmBiotech

Release Summary

The 2014 BIO International Convention, the world’s largest biotechnology event, kicks off today in the San Diego Convention Center and goes through Thursday, June 26.


Biotechnology Industry Organization
Abigail Hirsch, 202-962-9235
Web: www.bio.org
Blog: www.biotech-now.org
Twitter: @IAmBiotech