bio_intl_con.jpegSee how biotech innovations help heal, fuel, and feed the world.  The 2009 BIO International Convention will take place this month over May 18-21, 2009, Monday-Thursday, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Not a small, intimate affair, the BIO International Convention draws approximately 20,000 industry leaders from 60 countries. This year, the Convention program will feature more than 150 sessions in 22 breakout session tracks. Sessions will address the most pressing issues facing biotech today, including healthcare pricing and access, capital formation and partnering strategies in a tight credit environment, and climate change and biofuels.  This year’s BIO Exhibition will cover will cover an estimated 200,000 net sq. ft. and host more than 2,200 exhibitors.

elton7044-bwSir Elton John will be a keynote speaker at the Convention with Sir John scheduled to speak at noon on Tuesday, May 19, 2009.  That means if you’re not in line right now, you’re probably too late.  He will focus on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, how biotechnology has influenced prevention and treatment of the disease and an outlook of the challenges and solutions that lie ahead.

In addition, presentations and educational sessions at the 2009 BIO International Convention will focus on research and development, partnership opportunities, and new business models required to meet global health challenges.

The 2009 BIO International Convention will feature leading industry experts and government officials from around the world debating key issues that dramatically influence the biotechnology industry including follow-on biologics/biosimilars, biomarker research, genomics and the ever-changing global biotechnology business landscape.

I’ll be in attendance as well as participating in BIO’s blogger network throughout the week.  If you’d like to meet up during the conference, drop me a note and we’ll schedule some time to have coffee together. email the Baristas

It looks like PatentlyBIOtech and Patent Docs will be there — maybe there can be an IP blawger get-together at the local coffee bar?  Send me your suggestions.

The question now:  Should we continue with the iBarista iPod giveaway?

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