2015 BIO® Superhero Contest
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Purchasing Will Not Increase Your Chance Of Winning.
Many Will Enter, Few Will Win.
Entry Submission in the 2015 BIO® Superhero Contest (hereafter, "Contest") is open only to those individuals who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry. Employees of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (hereinafter, “BIO” or “Sponsor” or “Administrator” or “Released Parties”), and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such employees, whether or not related are not eligible. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
2. Contest Submission Period:
The Contest submission period starts at 5:00:00 pm Eastern Time ("ET") on 2/19/2015 and ends at 11:59:59 pm ET on 3/05/2015 (hereafter, "Contest Submission Period").
4. How To Enter the Contest:
To participate, visit www.convention.bio.org/superhero (hereafter, "Site") using your personal computer or mobile device during the Contest Submission Period and follow the prompts to do all of the following to complete and submit the registration form inclusive of one (1) or more of the below Submission Types depicting the Contest's theme defined as follows (hereafter, each the "Theme"):
1. For entrants submitting a nominee in the Patient/Patient Group Category: individuals that through their own personal journey or advocacy efforts have raised awareness for a specific patient community.
2. For entrants submitting a nominee in the Pharma/Biotech Category: employees in the life science industry who have been instrumental in advancing therapies for patients.
3. For entrants submitting a nominee in the University/Research Category: researchers or scientists in academia who have been instrumental in researching or advancing therapies for patients.
1. Essay: up to five hundred (500) characters.
If you choose to enter using your mobile phone, standard data fees may apply. See your wireless provider for pricing plan details.
The submitted essay combined with the associated registration form are hereafter each referred to as an "Entry". Limit one (1) Entry per person and per email address per Category for the duration of the Promotion Period. In case of multiple Entries from any one person or email address in a specific Category, only the first Entry received in such Category will be accepted. All Contest Entries must meet the Contest Entry Requirements set forth below. Entries must be submitted and received during the Contest Submission Period.
Contest Entry Requirements: By entering the Contest, each entrant warrants and represents that his/her Entry is original, does not contain any material that would defame or otherwise violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party, including patents, copyrights, trademarks or rights of privacy or publicity, and will not violate any federal, state or local laws or ordinances. Entrants further warrant and represent that they have secured the requisite consent from any third party appearing or referenced in their Entries.
Incomplete Entries and/or Entries containing inaccurate entrant information will be disqualified at Sponsor's sole discretion. The use of script, macro or any other device to automate or subvert the entry process is prohibited and all such Entries and Entries made by any other means which subvert the entry process will be void. In the case of a dispute as to the entrant who submitted an Entry, Entry will be deemed made by the person named on the applicable registration form (regardless of whether that is the name of the authorized account holder of the email address from which said Entry was submitted) and he/she must comply with these Official Rules. Other than as otherwise specified herein, neither Sponsor, nor anyone acting on its behalf, will acknowledge any Entry (or portion thereof) received. Any Entry not meeting all Entry requirements stated herein will be void.
Entries deemed by the judges, in their sole discretion, to be immoral, obscene, profane or not in keeping with Sponsor's image and values or in violation of these Official Rules will be void. In the event of non-compliance with any requirements specified herein or with any of the terms of these Official Rules, Entry will be void.
If the Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by Sponsor in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Entry.
Sponsor reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render Entry null and void. By submitting an Entry, entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons who are identifiable in the Entry consent to the submission and use of the Entry in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein.
By submitting an Entry, entrant hereby (i) grants the Released Parties, without any limitation of any other rights granted herein, permission for the Entry to be posted on the Site and any other media platform as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion; (ii) acknowledges and agrees that his/her Entry may be shared via social media by third parties; and (iii) agrees that Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized use of Entries by third parties. Released Parties do not guarantee the posting of any Entry and may remove a posted Entry at any time.
By submitting an Entry, entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor may obtain many submissions under this Contest and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to others submitted under this Contest and/or other Contest staged and/or sponsored by the Sponsor, or to other ideas conceived by or provided to Sponsor and entrant waives any and all claims entrant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any Entry and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the Sponsor (or its designees) may be similar to his/her Entry. Except where prohibited by law, each entrant acknowledges and agrees that the Sponsor does not have now, nor shall it have in the future, any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of any copyright in and to entrant's Entry or any other right related thereto.
5. Entry Judging:
Round 1 of Judging: All eligible Entries received during the Contest Submission Period will be aggregated by Category and will be judged based on the following criteria by Sponsor (hereafter, the "Judging Criteria"):
1) Story: Does the Entry tell a story that captivates its audience:
2) Passion: Does the Entry stir emotion in those that watch/see/read it:
3) Relevance: Does the Entry meet the criteria of what is being asked
4) Sense of Community: Is the Entry something that people will want to share with their digital community:
5) Unique: Does the Entry resonate in a rare and special way:
Round 1 of Judging will take place between 3/05/2015 and 3/11/2015. In the event of a tie during Round 1, the tied Entries will be re-judged based on: Relevance: Does the Entry meet the criteria of what is being asked: 0-100 points. By participating, entrants agree to abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and judges, which are final and binding in all matters relating to this Contest.
The five (5) Entries in each respective Category with the highest scores during Round 1, as determined in Round 1 of the judging by the judges in their sole discretion, will be deemed the "Potential Finalists" and advance to the Contest Voting Period. Sponsor and judges reserve the right to advance fewer than five (5) Entries in any Category to the Contest Voting Period if, in their sole discretion, they do not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries in the respective Category.
Upon verification of the Finalists (as outlined in section 6 below), representatives of the Biotechnology Industry Organization will notify the submitting entrant and the Finalists will advance to the Contest Voting Period. Finalists agree that the Biotechnology Industry Organization shall have full creative authority over the development and creation of the Finalist Entries and that Finalists will not have the opportunity to review or request revisions of the Finalist Entry.
6. Finalist Notification:
Potential Finalists will be selected on or about 3/11/2015 and will be notified approximately between 3/11/2015 and 3/16/2015 by telephone, email, overnight mail and/or in person. Potential Finalists will be required to (i) execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and (where legal) Publicity Release; (ii) if child/legal ward is the subject of the Entry, execute and return a Liability and Publicity (where legal) Release on behalf of such child/legal ward; and (iii) for any minors depicted in the Entry, secure and return a Liability and Publicity (where legal) Release from each such minor's parent or legal guardian with any other documents required by Sponsor within two (2) days of date of issuance of notification.
Further proof or verification of identity and qualifications may be required along with a background check and entrant (and his/her parent/legal guardian as applicable), by participating, agrees to such check and agrees to provide full consent if required. Failure to comply may result in disqualification and, based on the criteria described above and time permitting, selection of another Finalist to compete in the Contest Voting Period. In addition, at the discretion of the Sponsor, potential Finalist(s) may be disqualified for any of the following, without limitation: if charged with or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, is not eligible based on the eligibility requirements set forth above, or if delinquent on a government ordered payment, such as but not limited to: child support, spousal support, alimony, tax payments, etc. Noncompliance with any of the foregoing, with these Official Rules, the inability to contact a potential Finalist within a reasonable time period, the failure to complete and return requested documentation in a timely manner, or any notification being returned as non-deliverable may result in disqualification and, at Sponsor's discretion, a runner-up being chosen. Finalist status is subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules.
Finalists' Entries will be posted on the Site during the Contest Voting Period as outlined below.
7. Contest Voting Period:
During the Contest Voting Period, each of the Finalist Entries will be posted on the Site for public voting. To vote for a Finalist Entry in each of the three (3) Categories, during the Contest Voting Period, eligible individuals 13 years of age or older may visit the Site using a computer or mobile device and following the instructions provided, view each of the Finalist Entries in the three (3) Categories and click on the applicable "Vote" button to cast your vote for your favorite Finalist Entry in each Category. Limit one (1) vote submission per email address per Category per day. Additional votes received from the same email address in excess of the stated daily limitation will be void.
At the conclusion of the Contest Voting Period, the one (1) Finalist Entry in each of the individual Categories that received the highest number of votes will be deemed the Individual Grand Prize winner for their respective Category. In the event of a tie in any Category during the Contest Voting Period, the tied Finalist Entries in such Category will be re-judged (by a panel of judges determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) based on: Relevance: Does the Entry meet the criteria of what is being asked: 0-100 points. Winner status is subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules.
All vote counting will be conducted at the direction, and in the sole discretion, of the Sponsor. The use of automated devices (or any other devices intended to automate or subvert any aspect of entry or voting or any other procedure that subverts the entry process) to cast a vote is prohibited and any Entry or vote through such means will, at Sponsor's sole discretion, be void. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to void any votes of entrants whom Sponsor believes has attempted to tamper with or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of this Contest or is in violation of these Official Rules. Finalists are prohibited from obtaining votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public and/or using any websites or online forums designed to induce individuals or provide other incentives to vote for their Finalist Entry, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.
Three (3) Individual Grand Prizes: The three (3) Grand Prize winners will each receive up to two (2) Convention Access registrations (up to $3,398 in value) to the 2015 BIO International Convention (“Convention”), which will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 15-18, 2015. Taxes on prizes are solely the responsibility of the winner. The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded.
If, for any reason, a Grand Prize winner cannot accept one of the grand prizes, the Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the Grand Prize winner. All other expenses relating to acceptance of Grand Prize not explicitly stated herein, including but not limited to travel costs, hotel expenses, taxes, ground transportation, meals, beverages, and gratuities or any other miscellaneous travel expenses are the responsibility of Grand Prize winner. Specifics of the Grand Prize are subject to availability and Sponsor's sole discretion. Prize is non-transferable.
The registration awarded to a Grand Prize winner will become responsibility of the winner upon possession of same and will not be replaced. The terms and conditions of the registration awarded as a prize will govern in the event that the Convention is unable to take place as planned, is cancelled or postponed, for any reason whatsoever, including an event of force majeure. Sponsor has no responsibility to the winner except to provide the registration, and the registration shall constitute full satisfaction of Sponsor's prize obligation to the Prize winner, and no other compensation will be awarded.
The Sponsor reserves the right to remove or to deny entry to any winner who engages in an unprofessional or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person at the Convention. The Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of each registration is $1,699. Approximate retail value of all prizes is $10,194. A 1099 tax form will be issued in the amount of the prize package to the applicable winners.
9. Miscellaneous; Release and Limitations
Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, terminate or suspend this Contest (or any portion thereof) should virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Contest (or any portion thereof) and, in the event of termination, at its discretion, select the Finalists and/or prize winners (as applicable) for each Category from those eligible, non-suspect Entries or Finalist Entries (as applicable) received prior to event requiring such termination using the applicable judging procedure/winner selection outlined herein and eligible, non-suspect votes as applicable.
License/Use of Entries: By entering, and to the extent allowed by law, entrants warrant and represent that Sponsor and each of their respective designees shall have a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub licensable, unconditional and transferable license to edit, adapt, modify, publish, exploit and use their Entry (and all material embodied therein) in any way and in any and all media now known (including, but not limited to, online, in social media) or hereinafter discovered or devised, world-wide for trade, advertising, promotional, public relations and/or other purposes as Sponsor and/or its designees may determine without further permission from, or notification or consideration to entrants or any third parties.
Entrants further agree to abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and judges, which shall be final and binding. Entrant's submission of an Entry and/or vote constitutes his/her representation of eligibility, consent to participate in Contest and consent for Sponsor to obtain, use, and transfer his/her name, address and other information for the purpose of Contest administration. Released Parties are not responsible for lost, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, inaccurate, undeliverable, garbled, late, stolen, damaged or misdirected Entries, Finalist Entries or votes, all of which will be disqualified; failures or malfunctions of phones, phone lines or telephone systems or other communications or malfunctions; interrupted or unavailable network, server, cable, satellite, Internet Service Provider (ISP) or other connections; miscommunications, failed computer hardware or software or other technical failures; garbled, lost, misrouted or scrambled transmissions; any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in any transmission or communication; traffic congestion on the Internet or for any technical problem, including but not limited to any injury or damage to entrants' or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation in the Contest; theft, destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Entries, Finalist Entries or votes; the creation and production of Finalist Entry or human-processing error; printing, typographical or other errors or omissions in these Official Rules or in any Contest-related advertisements or other materials; or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, technical, network, electronic; or errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the incorrect uploading of Entries, the processing or judging of Entries, creation and production of Finalist Entries or the tabulation of votes, the awarding or announcement of the winners or Finalists or in any other Contest-related materials.
Sponsor reserves the right to void and remove any and all Entries and/or Finalist Entries of an entrant or votes of a voter who Sponsor believes has attempted to tamper with, influence, or impair the administration, security, fairness, judging or proper play of Contest and such entrant/voter will be disqualified and all associated Entries, Finalist Entries and/or votes will be void. All Entries (including Finalist Entries) become property of Sponsor and will not be returned. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK ANY AND ALL REMEDIES AVAILABLE FROM ANY SUCH PERSON(S) FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, participant agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office nearest the entrant; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees, other than entrant's actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Contest), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
11. Choice of Law:
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the District of Columbia, USA.
12. Winner's List:
For the names of the winners (available after 4/1/15), send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by 2/9/15 to: the Biotechnology Industry Organization, 1201 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 900, Washington, D.C. 20024, USA. Attn: Marketing Department.
Sponsor/Administrator: the Biotechnology Industry Organization, 1201 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 900, Washington, D.C. 20024, USA.