Mayor Welcomes BIO International Convention Back to San Diego

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer kicked off the countdown to the BIO International Convention during a press conference at the San Diego Convention Center on May 17.

BIO 2017 will attract an estimated 16,000 biotechnology and pharma leaders from 76 countries for one week of networking and discovery, June 19 to June 22. This is the organization's third convention in San Diego in nine years.

"San Diego's booming innovation economy is leading the way on everything from drones to genomes," Faulconer said. "That’s why San Diego is the perfect host city for BIO 2017 this June – a convention that brings together biotech industry leaders from around the world to showcase the exciting discoveries being made in life sciences."

As far as notable speakers, there is quite a dynamic list planned including:

  • Dr. Craig Venter, who was the first person to map the human genome. He will talk about the future of personalized medicine, according to Joanne Duncan, president of BIO's Membership and Business Operations.
  • David Cameron, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom will be one of BIO's keynote speakers.
  • Ann Romney, wife of former Massachusetts Governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, will present on treatments for neurological diseases.
  • California scientist and NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins will speak about being the first person to sequence DNA in outer space.

Also at the event, the San Diego Economic Development Corporation will release its first research and analysis on the impact of the genome cluster in San Diego.

Why San Diego?

"San Diego has one of the highest concentrations of biotech companies, academic research institutions as well as skilled biotech workers. San Diego is a key driver of innovation," said Duncan.

Here are some fun facts about the show:

  • 160,000 square feet of convention space
  • 800 speakers, 1,800 exhibitors
  • 150+ topics
  • 1/3 of BIO'S attendance is international
  • Close to 40,000 partnering meetings

BIO is one of 21 medical meetings taking place at the San Diego Convention Center this fiscal year. It is estimated to create $40.4 million in regional impact. It will also generate $25.5 million in estimated hotel and sales tax revenue, which goes into the city's general fund.

"That helps us pay for roads, pay for our firefighters and police officers," the Mayor said.

To learn more about BIO 2017, visit their website.

Posted by Barbara Moreno, on May 18, 2017
Events, Meeting Planners, News and Developments

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