June 19-22, 2017 | San Diego, CA


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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.  This event is a “can’t miss event” for reporters covering all aspects of the biotechnology and life sciences industries, including investments, policy, state initiatives and economic development, and the international marketplace.

Media Registration Guidelines:

Media registration is open to editors and reporters working full time for print, broadcast, or web publications with valid press credentials.

Valid press credentials are required at time of registration and include:

  • A by-lined article published by their employing news agency within the past six months
  • A copy of publication masthead listing the individual’s primary position as an editor or reporter 
  • Official photo identification issued by employing news agency or government

Bloggers will be considered for media registration on a case-by-case basis and must provide three of their most recent blog posts on a biotechnology related subject to be considered for media registration.

Freelance journalists may apply for complimentary media registration, but must present the following:  

  • A signed letter on company letterhead from your assignment editor confirming your assignment to cover the event
  • A by-lined story from the publication you are freelancing for dated within the last six months

Web-based, college, and freelance reporters are strongly encouraged to register in advance.

Please note that marketing executives, sales representatives, public relations executives, analysts, consultants, authors, and researchers may not register as media.

BIO reserves the right to deny media registration to any individual who does not meet the above guidelines, or to limit the amount of media registrants from any one publication. 

BIO reserves the right to request a copy of convention coverage as a requirement for media registration.

Submit a Press Conference:

Rooms will be available in Moscone Center for registered Convention attendees who wish to hold press conferences. BIO will provide seating for 30+ people, a podium including a microphone and sound system, an LCD projector, and a projection screen. Please bring your own laptops for presentations. 

Click here to submit a press conference application.

Video Crews at Convention:

Registered media and corporate crews interested in bringing a film crew will need to coordinate with the BIO Communications team to clearly define footage requests, specifically related to shooting the Exhibit floor (both prior to and during the event), sessions, receptions, and open areas. 

Video Crew Categories:

  1. Random Roving / Corporate Crews
  2. Roving crews will need to sign a waiver acknowledging compliance with Convention safe practices procedures.
  3. Educational Sessions
  4. Specific crews may request to shoot on an individual basis (after working with BIO to obtain permission by the speakers/panelists to shoot).
  5. In-Booth Recording
  6. Exhibitors may choose to retain video crew for in-booth activity. Both the vendor and crew must communicate with BIO prior to entering Convention and provide list of planned shots. If any shots include other vendors, companies must receive approval to use content


Media Kits: 


In an effort to create a more environmentally responsible media center, traditional paper press kits are no longer accepted in the Media Corridor.

For 2016, BIO will partner with Business Wire to fill all of your virtual press kit and press release distribution needs.  Any company wishing to submit a virtual press kit for the 2016 BIO International Convention may do so for a nominal fee. 

Press kits posted through Business Wire will be accessible online to media covering the convention for a full year following the event, providing greater value for companies submitting kits.  In addition, online kiosks will be available in the media corridor and the BIO booth on the exhibition floor to allow attendees to review and print materials.

Learn more about Business Wire's services including media kids and news release distribution.

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