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What is the address of the 2019 Convention Center?

1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

What are the dates and times of the 2019 Convention?

The convention dates are Monday - Thursday, June 3 - 6, 2019. Partnering and Education days are Monday - Thursday, and Exhibition days are Tuesday - Thursday.

* NOTE: The schedule below is a guide using the 2018 schedule.

  • BIO Exhibition is open all day Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 
  • Partnering meetings are able to be scheduled beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST (1300 hrs) on Monday, and then all day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 
  • Education sessions begin at 1:00 p.m. EST (1300 hrs) on Monday, and then throughout the day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Monday also consists of pre-convention meetings and co-located events.

View the Schedule at a Glance for more details.  

Are there age restrictions for attending the BIO International Convention?

Yes, in the interest of safety and injury prevention, anyone under 18 years of age (infants included) will not be permitted in the exhibit hall during move-in and move-out (and the Convention Center may have more stringent age requirements, which Show Management will honor); and, anyone under 21 years of age will not be permitted in the exhibit hall during the Exhibition (exceptions must be in writing by Show Management). Show Management reserves the right to require proof of age prior to admission to the Exhibition.

What are the registration hours and dress code?

* NOTE: The times below are a guide using the 2018 schedule.

  • Saturday, June 2 - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, June 3 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Monday, June 4 - 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 5 - 6:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 6 - 6:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday, June 7 - 6:30 am - 5:30 pm

The dress code for the BIO International Convention is professional business attire.
*Please note that all times listed above are EST. 

Is there transportation from the hotels to the convention center?

Yes, shuttle buses from all official BIO International Convention hotels will be available. Service begins on Monday afternoon, June 3rd. The detailed schedule will be posted about 3 weeks before the Convention begins.

What is the BIO Business Forum and how do I register for it?

The BIO Business Forum is the exclusive hub of partnering activity for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, academic research institutions, and investors from around the world to gather and discuss strategic opportunities in one-on-one meetings and company presentations.  Access to the BIO Business Forum is included with a Convention Access & Partnering registration*. 

*Exhibitor Booth Partnering uses the same BIO One-on-One Partnering™ System as the Business Forum, but meetings are held in exhibitors' booths.      

How do I add partnering to my current registration?

To add partnering, access your existing registration or be sure to add it during the registration process.

Is there a government/academic discount?

Yes, the government/academic rate is less than the non-member rates.  Please review all of the possible registration options at

Do I need a coupon code to register?

No, you do not. Coupon codes are provided to sponsoring organizations and their guests and attendees. Most attendees will not have a coupon code. 

Do you offer continuing education or credits? 

Yes, we offer (CLP) Certified Licensing Professional, and (CLE) Certified Legal Professional. Learn more at

Do you have a guest fee?

No, the BIO International Convention is a business and educational convention and we do not host spouse social events. If you wish to bring your spouse to the exhibit hall or at any other registration level, they would be entitled to receive the same rate you were entitled. We do not have lower or special guest or spouse rates.

Do you have multiple registrations discounts?

No, multiple registration discounts are not offered for the BIO International Convention.

Can I register a group?

No, not exactly. Of course we hope that many persons from your organization will be able to attend but, each person’s registration must be handled individually because of the unique answers to specific demographic questions required and payment processing regulations.

How do I sign up for a session?

Sessions are open. You do not need to reserve your seat or sign up for any of the breakout sessions. You should also make use of your myBIO in order to plan your way around the event, but you do not need to pre-schedule or sign-up for any individual sessions if they are part of your registration.

How do I register if I am a speaker?

In 2018, speakers will receive instructions once they are confirmed so they may complete their registration. Speakers receive a full 4 day Education Access badge for their contribution to the 2018 BIO International Convention. Speakers will also be given the opportunity to upgrade their registration at a discount.

How do I purchase a reception ticket?

In 2018, individual reception tickets are not offered. In order to attend the Monday or Wednesday Evening Receptions, you will need to have a Convention Access registration. Those holding an Education & Exhibition Access badge or an Exhibition Access badge will not be able to purchase reception tickets in 2018.

How do I buy a ticket to the keynote address?

The Keynote Sessions are included with Convention Access registrations. Keynote Session seats are not available for purchase as an individual or add-on event.

How do I pay by check?

During the registration process, at the end, you will be able to indicate that you wish to receive an electronic (.pdf) invoice. Follow the instructions on the invoice to complete the payment by check. Please include your registration identification number from 2018 on the check or include a copy of the invoice in your envelope.  

How do I pay by wire transfer?

During the registration process, at the end, you will be able to indicate that you wish to receive an electronic (.pdf) invoice. Follow the instructions on the invoice to complete the payment by wire transfer. It is important to include your registration identification number from 2018 on the wire transfer so that the payment will be properly credited to your account.

What if I become a member of BIO after I have registered as non-member?

You should contact the BIO International Convention team at and after verification from the BIO Membership department, the proper adjustment will be made to your record and a refund will be issued. However, if you paid by check or wire transfer, a W-9 (W-8BEN for International guests) will be required in order to process the refund.

How do I know if my company is a BIO member?

To find out the member status of a company review the Member Directory

How do I cancel a registration? Do I get a refund if I cancel my registration?

If you need to cancel, the request must be made and received in writing to, by Thursday, May 10, 2018. A $500.00 USD cancellation and service fee will be deducted from the refund. ($400.00 cancellation fee; $100.00 processing fee) There is an additional $100.00 USD to cancel BIO Business Forum Partnering. There is an additional $100.00 fee when a Company Presentation is canceled. Refunds will be processed as soon as possible, but BIO reserves the right to refund after the convention is concluded if necessary. 

Exhibition Access registrations or additional Exhibitor Booth Personnel registrations cannot be canceled and are non-refundable. 

Cancellation notices received after Thursday, May 10, 2018 cannot be honored for any reason.

Any refund processing deemed necessary which is not a result of an error by BIO will incur a $100.00 processing fee.

Is it okay to make a substitution?

Substitution requests must be emailed to by Wednesday, May 23, 2018 and instructions will be sent to the new participant so they may complete their registration. Please make sure to include the name and business email address of the substitute when you contact BIO. After May 1, 2018 (2019 date TBD), please note that substitutions which include updates to the BIO Business Forum BIO One-on-One Partnering™ system will incur a $100.00 USD processing fee.

How do I make a correction or change on my registration?

Corrections to your name or title, etc. should be emailed to, please allow up to 4 business days for a new confirmation to be sent.

How do I change my email address?

Corrections to your name or title, etc. should be emailed to, please allow up to 4 business days for a new confirmation to be sent.

Why have I not received a registration confirmation?

All confirmations are HTML (Web) pages at the conclusion of your registration and are printable. Additionally, an email confirmation is sent immediately following the completion of online registration. If you have not received a confirmation, please check your spam or junk mail folder.

How do I get my registration confirmation resent to me?

Please email

How do I register if I am exhibitor booth personnel?

If you are an exhibitor working in your booth, your “Key Contact” will register you, or will provide you with registration instructions. You should ask the local person who is managing your booth how he or she is handling the process.

Does BIO offer hotel options near the convention center?

Yes. For the 2019 International BIO Convention, we have over 20 hotel options to choose from that are conveniently located within one mile of the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. BIO is pleased to partner with onPeak as the official, exclusive housing provider for the 2019 BIO International Convention. Please note: onPeak is the only official housing company associated with the 2019 BIO International Convention. While other hotel resellers may contact you offering housing for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with the show and entering into financial agreements with such companies can have costly consequences. 


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