BIOFor BIO convention veterans the planning and preparation before you fly to San Diego will be very familiar. For the BIO convention newbies, it may be a bit daunting!

To help the UK delegation see the wood for the trees with regards to what’s on, BIA and UKTI have put together an easy-to-view overview of UK activities, plus the main BIO networking events/keynotes, the exhibition schedule and information on some of the other key activities. You can download it here. For example, if you’d like to hear the latest on the UK Early Access to Medicines Scheme, you could attend a panel which Steve Bates is presenting on, alongside Ian Hudson from the MHRA, at 9am on Tuesday 24 June.

This year we are delighted to have the largest number of UK companies exhibiting on the UK Pavilion, including AMSBIO, Appleyard Lees, Biotec Services, Blueberry Therapeutics, CN BIO Innovations, Cyclofludic, Cyprotex, Dora Wirth Languages, Euprotec, Izon Science Europe, Key Organics, KWS BioTest, MedCity, MRC Technology, Neem Biotech, NorthWest EHealth, Occams Resources, Ockham Oncology, Peakdale Molecular, Public Health England, Purolite, RGC Jenkins & Co, Sphere Fluidics and Sygnature Discovery. Please do come along and meet with them during the exhibition and/or via exhibition-partnering. If there is a company you would like to connect with ahead of the event, please don’t hesitate to contact Karen Chandler-Smith.

The UK Pavilion is booth number 3317, situated very close to the main registration desks and the partnering area. There are two key networking events on the pavilion to put into your BIO schedule: 5-6.30pm on Tuesday 24th for wine and beers; and a Mojito Pit-Stop on Thursday 26th12-2pm. Please come down to meet the BIA and UKTI teams and the wider UK delegation.

In addition to the exhibitors, I am delighted to see so many BIA members heading to the BIO Convention this year. Many are part of our BIA business solutions programme, which offers significant savings on lab supplies, office supplies and insurance, which we established a couple of years ago in partnership with BIO. It’s going from strength to strength and is showing really great savings for members. Having worked for smaller organisations for many years I really do understand that every penny counts.

If you are not a BIA member, I invite you to come and talk to the BIA team at the event. Steve Bates, Alastair Carrington and I will be around all week and would love the opportunity to update you on the fantastic work the BIA team continue to deliver on behalf of the sector.

We are also running a pre-BIO convention webinar. Grab a coffee, log-on to the webinar and find out the very latest plans and activities. The webinar is 11am on Thursday 12 June. Please register here.

I look forward to seeing you in sunny San Diego. In the meantime please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions ahead of the convention.