BIO 2017 Brings 16,000 to San Diego Convention Center

BIO 2017 is back at the San Diego Convention Center, drawing an estimated 16,500 biotechnology and pharma leaders from 76 countries for one week of networking and discovery.

The event, which runs from June 19 to June 22, is the fourth BIO convention in San Diego. It was first held here in 2001, and returned in 2008 and 2014. As far as the impact of an event like this on the region's economy, here are some fun facts:

  • BIO 2017 will generate an estimated $40.4 million in regional impact
  • Over $800,000 in estimated hotels and sales tax revenue will go the City of San Diego's general fund
  • The average attendee will spend an estimated $1,585 during their stay in San Diego
  • One-third of BIO's attendance is international 

This year's theme is "Breakthroughs." A total of 1,800 exhibitors will be participating in the international convention, with a main focus on innovation, networking and startups. BIO's "One-on-One Partnering" will help connect companies to thousands of potential business partners during 35,000 meetings between 3,100 companies: truly life-changing work will take place inside the San Diego Convention Center.

As Mayor Kevin Faulconer said back in May, "San Diego's booming innovation economy is leading the way on everything from drones to genomes." In fact, the San Diego Economic Development Corporation unveiled its first-ever genomics report.

Among the key findings: San Diego ranks number one in the U.S. for genomics patents; it creates the fundamental science and intellectual property that powers the genomics industry. What's more, the study says that "personalized medicine and technology are taking precedence, with San Diego genomics companies, research institutions and universities at the forefront."

"With collaboration at our core, San Diego genomics companies, research institutes and universities are actively changing lives, curing disease and revolutionizing healthcare as we know it," said Mark Cafferty, President & CEO of the San Diego Regional EDC.

Also this week, NASA will discuss the first sequencing of DNA in space aboard the International Space Station, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron will deliver a keynote speech and Ann Romney will discuss patient advocacy and her experience living with multiple sclerosis.

BIO is an example of why medical meetings are key to San Diego's success as a destination.

"This year we have a record 21 medical meetings we are hosting at the Convention Center," said San Diego Convention Center Board of Directors Vice Chair Gil Cabrera. "Meeting planners tell us over and over again that they want to come here because we have the best of both worlds: a mix of research, education and biotech as well as the destination which offers 13,000 hotel rooms, ideal weather and world-famous attractions, all within walking distance."

The BIO International Convention is the largest global event for the biotechnology industry and attracts the biggest names in biotech, offers key networking and partnering opportunities, and provides insights and inspiration on major trends affecting the industry.

"The San Diego Convention Center's purpose is to be the region's premier gathering place. Events like BIO provide associations and meeting planners a platform to unveil groundbreaking research. That's something we should all be proud of in San Diego," Cabrera added.

Watch as we "build BIO" through timelapse cameras set high above the exhibit floor.




Barbara Moreno's picture
Posted by Barbara Moreno, on June 19, 2017
Events, Experience San Diego, Meeting Planners


The content promoting all that the Center does and means to the community makes even more proud to have been apart of the Center for close 19 years!



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