2014 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology Wraps-up with Record Breaking Attendance!

Celebrating its 11th anniversary, the annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology was unlike any that preceded it. BIO hosted over 1,100 attendees at this year’s conference – of which 45% were from outside the United States.

About half of the attendees were at a Director or an Executive career level while the other 50% of attendees consisted of researchers, scientists academia, and chief officers.

Full conference registrants had access to BIO’s One-on-One Partnering™ System which allowed them to quickly identify potential business partners, initiate contacts and request 30-minute meetings held on-site in rooms provided by BIO.

This year BIO scheduled a groundbreaking 1,000 partnering meetings, a substantial increase  from the 2013 World Congress where BIO hosted about 600 meetings.

BIO Buzz – Media at the 2014 World Congress

With 19 reporters registered, media publications in attendance included The EconomistThe Philadelphia InquirerBiofuels Digest, and the Industrial Biotechnology Journal.

“Philadelphia Proclaims Energy Independence Day during BIO’s World Congress” - Check out change.org and sign the Fuels America’s petition to show your support for energy independence and a reduced reliance on petroleum.

Missed something?  BIO’s roundup of member company news can be found here.   Additionally, BIO presented this year’s George Washington Carver award to DuPont CEO and Chair of the Board Ellen Kullman.  A video recording of her remarks along with a summary of the Tuesday, May 13 Lunch Plenary can be found here!

Also be sure to check out interviews from this year’s BIO’s Buzz Center held at World Congress.  More than 10 interviews took place at this year’s Buzz Center including conversations with four CEOs and a great look at the Biopreferred program at the USDA exhibit booth.

At-a-Glance Breakout Sessions and Workshops

Programming at the 2014 BIO World Congress was more robust than ever before and was expanded to include:

  • 5 plenary sessions featuring key industry thought leaders;
  • 8 breakout tracks with 48 sessions, and five specialized workshops;
  • 40 poster presentations;
  • 8 Clean Tech Investor sessions; and
  • An Exhibit hall showcasing over 50 companies and organizations.

Interested in attending next year’s World Congress? Read BIO’s press release on the 2015 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology to be held in Montreal.

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