June 19-22, 2017 | San Diego, CA

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The BIO International Convention is the world’s largest and most prestigious biotechnology event, drawing industry leaders from more than 76 countries. More than one-third of attendees arrive from outside of the U.S. ready to share their extensive knowledge and establish vital relationships. 

BIO has hosted Heads of State, Deputy Prime Ministers, Federal Ministers, Ambassadors, as well as heads of regulatory agencies, patenting offices, and national reimbursement authorities in all of its previous conventions. Our esteemed government participants receive special opportunities to meet and interact with CEOs and other senior executives attending the Convention.

International Delegations

Most international attendees visit as part of an international delegation; an official group of ten or more attendees from a country other than the U.S., organized on a national level. The top 10 largest international delegations at BIO 2016 were, in no particularly order: Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, France, South Korea, China, Brazil, Turkey and Australia. For more information on international attendees or to identify an international delegation organizer, please visit the international delegations information section, or email

Many international attendees and international delegations participate in a pavilion in the BIO Exhibition. See the list of regional pavilions.

About BIO Attendees:

  • One-third of BIO attendees come from outside the U.S. 
  • More than 2,400 CEOs attended BIO 2016.
  • More than 70% of attendees are either Managers, Directors, C-Level or Executive Management.
  • BIO represents companies of all sizes, 32% of attendees are from companies with more than 500 employees and 39% are from companies with fewer than 50 employees.

Check out the 2016 Attendee Summary (pdf)



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