June 3-6, 2019 | Philadelphia, PA


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Biotech Ecosystem Tours
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As BIO heads to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the 2019 BIO International Convention, we are excited to explore the vibrant ecosystem of top universities, academic medical centers, and research institutes in the tri-state area of Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. When organizing your trip to the BIO International Convention, plan to attend one of the site, lab, and incubator tours arranged by BIO and the local biotech community. 

Arrive in Philadelphia on Saturday, June 1 to maximize your BIO International Convention experience! Tours begin early in the afternoon on Sunday June 2, 2019. 




 How to Register
Tours cost $55 with a limit of 50 people per tour. To register you must add tours to your BIO International Convention registration. If you have already registered, you can add this to your BIO 2019 Registration using the email address you registered with and badge ID. These can be found on your registration confirmation email.


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This year's tours include:

Life Science Corridor – Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and Princeton University - New Jersey

Monday, June 3
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This tour allows attendees to explore the innovative life science research and entrepreneurial programs at Rutgers and Princeton that can be leveraged for public-private partnerships. It will highlight specific centers and programs (RUCDR, C-SOPS and Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs) while demonstrating how each university establishes effective collaborations with their partners.   

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 Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing (JIB) Training and Education Facility – Pennsylvania

Sunday, June 2
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing (JIB) is a specialized training and education institute for single-use-reactor bioprocessing technology. JIB is partnering with NIBRT in Dublin to provide real-world, industrial-scale, hands-on training of industry professionals, education of new bioprocessing engineers, and workforce development for the bioprocessing industry. Tour attendees will get to experience Jefferson’s new mock-GMP facility that simulates an industrial single-use bioprocessing facility for the purpose of educating bioprocessing professionals who are prepared to enter the manufacturing workforce and training existing bioprocessing professionals in state-of-the-art technologies. 

Invest, Attract, Grow: A Tour of the Philadelphia Navy Yard Life Sciences Cluster – Pennsylvania

Monday, June 3
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Participants will explore the Philadelphia Navy Yard, a waterfront urban campus that is home to hundreds of emerging and established companies, including a large life sciences cluster, in a mix of world-class office and R&D space and adaptively-reused historic buildings. This tour will feature multiple stops at the Navy Yard, including the headquarters of GSK, WuXi Advanced Therapies, Coriell Life Sciences, and Adaptimmune, and lunch at the stunning headquarters of URBN.   

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Disclaimer: Due to safety concerns, tour sites will enforce a strict dress code. All tour attendees will be required to wear covered shoes; open toe shoes will not be permitted. Attendees that are wearing any of the above will not be permitted to tour site facilities.

 Submissions for Tour Proposals for the 2019 BIO International Convention are Now Closed

Learn more about our tour program and how to submit a proposal.

As BIO works with local host communities to organize tours for Convention attendees, please feel free to contact us with site suggestions or if your site is interested in hosting delegates on the margins of the event. Please contact

How do I cancel my tour 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 Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (11:59 PM United States Eastern Daylight Time) to receive a refund. Approved refunds will be processed as soon as possible, but BIO reserves the right to process after the convention.

Cancellation requests received after May 1, 2019 will NOT be honored. Email cancellations requests to

*Tours are subject to change.

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