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Submit a Proposal to Speak at the World's Largest Biotech Convention

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.

For 25 years, the BIO International Convention has been considered the premier event to attend in biotech. Countless speakers from all sectors of the industry have used the BIO International Convention as their main platform for showcasing their expertise and findings. Be a part of the world’s largest biotechnology gathering by submitting a proposal for the 2019 BIO International Convention. 

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All session applications must be fully complete and submitted by the deadline, October 18, 2018, at 5:00 PM ET.

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

Accepted sessions will receive a slot of 60-75 minutes in the convention program. All session applications must be fully complete and submitted by the deadline, October 18, 2018, at 5:00 PM ET.

Notification regarding acceptance or rejection of Call for Session proposals will be sent to the submitter on January 18, 2019, by email. An accurate email address is critical. If you have not received an email notification by January 18 contact with your session information.  

Planning Timeline

  • September 13, 2018: Call for Sessions, Speakers, Company Presentations Open
  • 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 

Start Up Stadium at BIO 2019

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 will open in November  2018.

Learn more about Start Up Stadium.

BIO International Convention Program Committee

The BIO International Convention has a dedicated Program Committee made up of biotechnology professionals in all sectors, led by Program Chairs with the mission to help create a top-quality educational program. The Program Committee meets on a continuing basis to review and determine the most cutting edge, diverse, and important topics and speakers. The committee will also work to ensure the program is comprised of sessions that represent diversity in alignment with BIO’s workforce development, diversity and inclusion principles. 

We would like to thank the BIO 2019 Program Committee for their hard work and dedication.




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