Below are keynote descriptions and speakers from the 2018 BIO International Convention. More information is coming soon regarding our 2019 keynote speakers.
Rob Reiner first came to fame as a two-time Emmy Award winning actor on the landmark television series “All In the Family”. He went on to become an acclaimed director of some of the most popular and influential motion pictures. His work ranges from the satire This Is Spinal Tap to intense dramas like Stand By Me, Misery, A Few Good Men, and Ghosts of Mississippi to romantic comedies like When Harry Met Sally, The American President, and The Princess Bride. His more recent films include The Bucket List, Flipped, Being Charlie and LBJ starring Woody Harrelson. This summer sees the release of Shock and Awe which will again star Woody Harrelson along with Alec Baldwin, Tommy Lee Jones, James Marsden and Reiner himself.
“Rob is a passionate advocate for those living with substance abuse disorders and addiction,” said Jim Greenwood, President and Chief Executive Officer of BIO. “His poignant story of helping his son overcome his battle with drug addiction will inspire attendees and our industry in its quest to discover next generation, non-addictive pain therapies. I look forward to our discussion.”
Reiner is best known for his role as “Michael Stivic” on the television series “All in the Family” and for directing the films “The Princess Bride,” “When Harry Met Sally” and countless other movie hits. In 2016, he directed the film “Being Charlie,” co-written by his son Nick, to share a semi-autobiographical account of Nick’s experiences with drug addiction and his recovery.
Robin Roberts is co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America. Under her leadership, the broadcast has won five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program and the 2017 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team. She has conducted interviews with countless newsmakers, musicians, authors, athletes and celebrities. Additionally, Roberts has done extensive reporting around the globe.
Roberts has been honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame and named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year. She has also been on the Hollywood Reporter’s New York Power List multiple times. She was voted the Most Trusted Person on Television by a Reader’s Digest poll in 2013.
Roberts launched her new production company, Rock'n Robin Productions in September 2014, which creates original broadcast and digital programming for ABC and other networks, including Roberts own podcast Everybody’s Got Something.
Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007. Five years later she was diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow once known as pre-leukemia. Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant in September of that year. She was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award, Gracie Award and CINE Award for Robin’s Journey, reports on her MDS that inspired hundreds of potential bone marrow donors to register. Additionally, Roberts was recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s in July 2013.
In 2001, Roberts was named a “Louisiana Legend” by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. She was also named to the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Advisory Board in January 1998.
Roberts was named co-anchor of Good Moring America in May 2005. She began contributing to the morning program in June 1995 and has worked in broadcasting for more than 20 years.
From 1990 to 2005, Roberts was a contributor to ESPN, where she hosted SportsCenter and contributed to NFL PrimeTime. Previously, Roberts was a sports reporter and anchor at WAGA-TV in Atlanta and a morning personality on WVEE-FM. Roberts began her broadcasting career while in college at WHMD/WFPR Radio in Hammond, LA.
In 1983 Roberts graduated cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. She was a standout performer on the women’s basketball team, ending her career as one of the school’s all-time leading scorers and rebounder.
Roberts’ first book, From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By, was published in 2007. An updated version of the book, including an additional chapter on her battle with breast cancer, was released in 2008.
In her latest memoir Everybody’s Got Something, Roberts tells the amazing story of her courageous battle against a life-threatening illness, the life lessons she continues to learn, and her inspiring return to the GMA anchor desk. A native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Roberts currently resides in New York City.
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