June 19-22, 2017 | San Diego, CA

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International Visitors

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 Travelers

We encourage international attendees to plan early! If you need a visa application, we encourage you to start the process at least 3 months out. International flights should be booked at least 3 months in advance. 

International Travel Information

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. 

2017 International Graphic

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)

International Programs and Services

Global leaders will gather in San Diego to share ideas, experiences, insights and best practices on biotech innovations that help to solve some of the biggest global challenges, including fighting disease and improving health, feeding growing populations and meeting the increased world demand for energy. We have a host of programs and activities scheduled to showcase international participation and enhance international attendees' experience. 

2017 International Program to be announced soon

Emerging Opportunities in Global Markets Track
Sessions held throughout the day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
This specialty forum highlights biotech initiatives in global markets, looking at both emerging economies, and at other global initiatives and trends (trade agreements, IP trends) that affect the industry’s landscape.  This year's program focuses on key international biotech markets including China, India, Middle East, Turkey, Africa (South Africa, North Africa, and Sub Saharan Africa), Brazil, Latin America, Russia and more! 

Global Innovation Hubs 
This track features substantive, informative and high-level discussions on specific initiatives at the national or supra-national level to support biotechnology innovation. 

Scientific American Session

International Reception
A gathering of international attendees from all around the world to conclude a great week at the BIO International Convention! 

International Lounge
The 2017 BIO International Convention is an opportunity for networking and the International Lounge with meeting rooms is devised to help facilitate such interaction in a helpful, structured and inviting environment. We encourage you to take advantage of this area as it was created with you in mind. As a courtesy to our International Delegation Organizers, we are providing you an opportunity to sign-up in advance for one of three (3) meeting rooms in the International Lounge. More information coming soon! 


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