June 3-6, 2019 | Philadelphia, PA


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The BIO International Convention brings together the most innovative thinkers and leaders in biotechnology. Our education program covers a wide variety of diverse and timely topics relevant to the biotechnology industry and appropriate for many professional disciplines, including: healthcare, intellectual property, environmental issues, business development, digital health, and more.

BIO provides unique opportunities for companies of all sizes to pitch their idea, share their successes, and inform the global biotech community of their latest innovations. Below are opportunities that are still accepting applications for BIO 2019 in Philadelphia.

Start Up Stadium at BIO 2019

Sponsored by BioInnovation Institute, City of Phoenix, IQVIA Biotech, Wells Fargo, and VWR, Part of Avantor

As the world’s largest biotechnology event, the BIO International Convention provides several specialized opportunities geared towards start-up and emerging companies. The Start-Up Stadium was designed to provide start-up companies with the opportunity to engage key members of the investment community, venture philanthropy groups, and BIO attendees. This area in the BIO Exhibition provides an exciting and interactive experience where investors provide live feedback and judge 6 minute pitches presented by start-up biotech companies. The application process is now OPEN! Learn more about Start Up Stadium.

Start-Up Stadium submissions close on April 5th.


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2019 Planning Timeline

  • September 13, 2018: Call for Sessions, Speakers, Company Presentations Opens
  • October 18, 2018: Call for Sessions and Speakers Closed
  • October 2018 - January 2019: Proposal Review
  • November 2018: Apply to present in the Start Up Stadium
  • January 18, 2019: Submitters Notified
  • March 28, 2019 : All Sessions and Speakers Finalized
  • April 2019: Start Up Stadium Application Closed
  • June 3-6, 2019: BIO International Convention 

About the 2019 Selection Process

Due to the competitive nature of the selection process, we encourage prospective session organizers to submit complete, comprehensive proposals, including proposed speakers. Preference will be given to diverse session proposals that foster audience interaction. 

BIO is committed to workforce development, diversity, and inclusion, and incorporates these values into all aspects of BIO operations. Session and speaker proposals will be considered in this light, with specific attention paid to speakers’ gender, race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, and gender identity, as well as their company’s focus, financing, geographic location, and size.  Diverse programming at BIO’s events allows BIO to remain a strong leader in efforts to ensure that the biotechnology industry can attract, develop, and retain a high-quality, globally competitive employee talent pool. Learn more about Workforce Development, Diversity, & Inclusion at BIO.  



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