BIOAs the countdown to BIO enters its final stages, it’s time to start finalising your plans for Phili. Need a helping hand? Our blog below explains some of the changes this year for the UK delegation, as well as details of what’s happening when, with who and how to get involved – your handy guide to getting the most out of BIO2015. 

In June the BIO International Convention is heading to the heart of the US biopharma industry. In close proximity to New York’s financial markets and Washington DC’s regulatory centre, the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area is home to more than 1,200 companies – ranging from the biopharma industry’s largest global companies to its fastest growing new ones. The region’s vast array of leading universities and research institutions fosters a collaborative environment. According to the Jones Lang LaSalle Life Sciences Cluster Report 2012, in the past 10 years alone the region has drawn nearly $4 billion in venture capital funding. The tri-state region of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware is home to 80% of the US pharmaceutical industry.

In just four days, BIO brings together 15,000 delegates from over 65 countries under one roof. Working out what to do and how to make the most of your time in Phili is often the biggest challenge. We hope the information below will help explain what’s different this year for the UK delegation, what’s happening when, with who and how to get involved.

The UK Pavilion

This year UKTI will be promoting the UK in a different way. You won’t see lots of UK companies exhibiting on the UK pavilion but instead this space will be used for informal meetings and a messaging service managed by UKTI. Find out more information here.

UK delegation dinners, drinks and breakfasts

One Nucleus are holding their executive dinner on the Sunday evening and networking breakfast on the Monday morning – for more information please contact Tony Jones. On the Monday afternoon, from 4-6pm, the UK, Aussies and Canadian delegations will come together once again for our BIO networking catch-up – for more information contact Karen Chandler-Smith, BIA. UKTI and AstraZeneca will be holding a drinks reception followed by dinner on the Tuesday evening – John Hoggard, UKTI is your contact for further info. There will also be a networking reception on the UK pavilion from 5-6.30pm on the Wednesday, please do pop along!

BIO Networking Receptions

The 2015 BIO International Convention hosts countless evening networking opportunities – from Monday’s Kickoff Concert (featuring Kool and the Gang!) to Wednesday’s Reading Terminal Reception and everything in between – you can’t find a better place to network with the industry’s most influential than at BIO. Details of all BIO receptions are available here.

Tri-State Regions Tours

Working together, the State of Pennsylvania, Select Greater Philadelphia, the City of Philadelphia, the State of Delaware and the State of New Jersey, are developing a schedule to showcase the tri-state region and larger life sciences community to the international delegates and visiting attendees. A range of tours are available on the Sunday, Monday and Friday of BIO week. Find out more here.

Getting to Philadelphia

If you’re yet to book your flight and hotel, don’t overlook the opportunity to take advantage of the services of Flight Centre Business Travel. Flight Centre are a One Nucleus Support Supplier and have exclusively negotiated significant discounts on flights and hotel rates in Philadelphia. Please click here to review the Flight Centre Business Travel offer.

BIA will be working with BioPartnerUK, UKTI, One Nucleus, MedCity and the London Mayor’s office to keep you updated on plans for BIO in the coming weeks and will be running a pre-BIO webinar on 5 June. You can register for the webinar here.

As always the BIA team are on hand to provide introductions and support to members companies.

We look forward to seeing you in Phili in June!