I am very proud to share the news with you – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has chosen San Francisco to host its 2016 international convention. The return of the BIO Convention to the world’s most innovative and productive life science cluster will allow us to highlight the strength and wisdom of the Bay Area’s nearly 1000 life science companies, our region’s rich history, and its unparalleled culture of innovation.
BayBio is already preparing to showcase our region’s scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs and leaders. The Bay Area is the home of firsts for the life science industry – the first biotechnology company, the first biotech public offering, the first biotech drug approved by the FDA, the first companion diagnostic company and the first agricultural biotech company – just to name a few. Considered the birthplace of biotech, the Bay Area cluster now includes nearly 1000 companies, directly and indirectly employs 125,000 people, and generates $29 Billion in revenue.
It’s important that we capitalize on the California Pavilion at the upcoming convention in San Diego to promote BIO 2016 and the San Francisco Bay Area. We’ll be able to reach thousands of organizations including the world’s foremost biotech companies, top 25 pharma companies, top 20 CROs and CMOs, more than 300 academic institutions including major research labs and government agencies worldwide, as well as the industry’s leading consultants and service companies.
We look forward to using BIO 2014 in San Diego as a learning opportunity and launch pad to promote and prepare for the best ever BIO Convention in San Francisco in 2016. We’ll be reaching out to you shortly to mobilize and discuss how you can participate and promote our region at both of these conventions.
President & CEO