Six become Be the Buzz of BIO contest finalists

BIO has selected six companies as finalists in the “Be the Buzz of BIO” contest – see who made the list below! Now it’s time to vote for your favorite – just go to

Voting is open until April 17. The finalist with the most votes will be chosen and notified on or about April 21st.

Archimedes Inc.
Biobide S.L.
Impact Systems
Koronic Pharmaceuticals
Zenda Technologies


Brilliant Young Minds: Our Industry’s Future Innovators?

This past Saturday was a nerve-wracking day for a number of high school students across the country. That’s because three regions in the U.S. held their competitions for the 2009 sanofi-aventis International BioGENEius Challenge.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this annual competition, it recognizes high school students in the United States, Canada and Western Australia who demonstrate an exemplary understanding of biotechnology through science research projects. After all, we want to continue to attract the best and brightest to our industry — and this competition certainly does that!

The competition is tough, really tough. Students are evaluated not only on the quality of their research and display but also on their responses to questions relating to their scientific knowledge and potential commercial applications of their research. I know I would not have been up to this arduous challenge, especially as a mere high school student!

The Challenge has been fortunate to have strong and long-standing support from organizations that recognize the value and importance of nurturing brilliant young minds and encouraging them to pursue a career in biotechnology. The sanofi-aventis International BioGENEius Challenge is organized by the Biotechnology Institute, the national organization dedicated to biotechnology education, and it is sponsored by sanofi-aventis and its vaccines division, sanofi pasteur.

Winners from a total of six regions in the United States along with their counterparts in Canada and Western Australia move on to the final round of judging, which takes place each year at the BIO International Convention.

In fact, the winners will be announced at the Tuesday, May 19th keynote luncheon in Atlanta. I’m really looking forward to meeting the newest crop of future (hopefully!) biotech employees. Hope to see everyone there!

BIO Live Learning Center Now…Well, Live…

Yes, you heard it here first. BIO is offering two free download sessions from the 2008 BIO International Convention.

The two sessions:

Confronting the Obesity Epidemic: The Skinny on Innovative New Treatments
Pursuing Multiple Financing and Liquidity Strategies

Go to

It’s easy, it’s free, and you may learn something, live.


Calling All Speakers

BIO invites industry leaders to submit proposals for breakout sessions at the 2009 BIO International Convention to be held May 18-21, 2009 in Atlanta, Ga.

The convention will feature more than 150 breakout sessions in 19 educational session tracks.  New tracks for 2009 include Achieving Regulatory Approval, Biomarkers, Exciting Science 2009, Global Biotechnology Issues, Translational Medicine, and Vaccines.  Other tracks will cover various aspects of biotechnology and the life sciences from business and policy issues, to individual subject areas such as industrial and environmental, healthcare, and food and agriculture applications.

Applications for education sessions will only be accepted online at  The online application process closes on Thursday, August 28th at 5:00 pm EDT. All proposals will be reviewed by BIO staff and an International Program Committee composed of biotechnology professionals. Applicants will be notified of the status of their session proposal by November 30, 2008.

All the buzz about biotech

The convention hosted a whirlwind of activity and major announcements – and now the work begins to prove the exponential effect that the event inspires. The majority of media coverage focused on states competing for biotech attention and building up their life sciences community to make them more attractive for companies, investors and others looking to develop their biotech business. Countries, likewise, came out in full force to create their own buzz. And individual companies participated in more than 14,500 meetings to discuss potential collaborations and deals to extend beyond the life of any one single event.

And that is the beauty of the world’s largest biotechnology event – we will soon begin to see the impact that four days of life sciences networking, deal making and partnering efforts will have on the overall industry.  Ready, set, innovate…


2008 BIO comes to a close

Well, as the BIO 2008 International Convention draws to a close we can say that this has been one of the best shows ever. We ended up with 20,108 industry leaders from 70 different countries and 48 states.

The full Convention program included four full days with 175 breakout sessions, 21 educational tracks, more than 1,000 speakers, three keynote sessions, six Super Sessions and three CEO Forum sessions.

And that wasn’t all, more than 6,000 business leaders met at the convention and participated in the Business Forum. More than 14,500 one-on-one partnering meetings were held – a new record – and a total of 1,500 companies participated in the Business Forum.

Then, as you read here on Bio On The Road, The all-star keynote line up included Gen. Colin L. Powell, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), and J. Craig Venter, PhD. In addition, Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA); Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) discussed healthcare in an election year with moderator Neil Cavuto, Anchor & Managing Editor of Fox News Channel.

In addition, many high-profile VIPs attended the Convention with 10 governors and numerous international public officials, including The Hon. Lino Baranao, Minister of Science, Technology & Production Innovation, Argentina; Sen The Hon. Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science & Research, Australia; The Honourable Dr. Ewa Bjorling, Minister for Trade, Sweden, among many others.

The convention featured the largest gathering of biotech exhibitors in history, with more than 2,100 companies, 126 of which were new, and more than 208,000 sq. feet of exhibition space, the largest ever at the convention. The exhibition included more than 60 domestic, country and regional pavilions representing every aspect of the biotechnology industry.

For more information, you can read the full press release here.

To summarize, we hope you had a great time, learned a lot, and found it to be a productive environment. And most important of all, we hope to see you in Atlanta in 2009.

All the best, The BIO Team.


Thank you

As this year’s convention draws to a close, we’d like to stop and take a moment and thank all the people that made our foray into social media a success.

Thanks to all the bloggers on BIO on the road, who reported their experiences as they happened. Thanks to the members of the BIO2008 Twitter group, who really gave us a feel for the convention, blow-by-blow. Finally, thanks to those of you who joined and participated in our group on facebook.

The really great thing about social media is that helps us to stay connected in the absence of face-to-face interactions, like we’ve had at the convention. And while there is nothing that can replace those meetings, the online world gives us the opportunity to continue our conversations 365 days a year, and on a global scale.

Having said that, we hope that you will connect with us year-round by visiting us on or any of our sister sites and blogs.

We hope to see you soon online. And to everyone, thanks again.

—Susan Cato, Director Online Communications

—Nicole Ruediger, Editor,