June 3-6, 2019 | Philadelphia, PA


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The BIO International Convention is the world’s largest and most prestigious biotechnology event, drawing industry leaders from more than 74 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 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 2017 were: Canada, South Korea, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, China, France, Australia, Brazil, and Taiwan.

 Top 10 International Delegations

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.

International Programs and Services

Global leaders will gather in Boston to share ideas, experiences, insights and best practices on biotech innovations that help solve some of the biggest global challenges, including fighting disease, feeding growing populations and meeting increased  demand for energy. Our programs and activities address all of these pressing issues throughout three days of education, networking, exhibits and business partnering. We are especially committed to showcasing international participation and enhancing international attendees' experience. 

2018 International Program at a Glance

BIO 2018 Massachusetts Biotech Ecosystem Tours

Join us as we explore one of the world’s leading biotechnology hubs in a full day of site visit tours throughout the local Massachusetts community. As the nation’s leader in the number of biotech R&D employees, Massachusetts is home to thousands of life sciences companies driving innovation. Attend one of the 10 site, lab, and incubator tours arranged by BIO and the Boston Life Sciences Community. Sign-ups are a first come first serve basis- register for a tour today

Emerging Opportunities in Global Markets Track
Sessions held throughout the day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
The educational track highlights gloabal biotechnology innovation trends, strategies and challenges in a variety of key markets - including Asia, Europe, Middle East & Africa and North and South America. It will also address cross-cutting issues such as trade, investment and IP, al of which impact the pace of research, development and commercialization in biotechnology. 

Global Innovation Hubs 
Attendees to this track will hear a series of 15-minute presentations describing the most important competitive advantages of doing business in a particular country or region.

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

International Lounge
The BIO International Convention is an opportunity for networking and the International Lounge with meeting rooms is available to facilitate such interaction in a structured and inviting environment. As a courtesy to our International Delegation Organizers, we are providing you an opportunity to sign-up in advance to use one of three (3) meeting rooms in the International Lounge. Please email to learn more.


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