BIO’s Academic Zone offers universities a fresh portal at BIO 2013

BIO returns to the Midwest this year and will hold it’s annual International Convention in Chicago April 22-25 at McCormick Place.  This event is the major meeting venue for the global biotech industry[More].  More that 15,000 are expected to convene in the industry’s largest partnering and business development event.

For universities and research institutions BIO presents a significant opportunity to connect with companies, other research institutions and patient foundations in order to further technology transfer and research collaborations.  However, the big challenge for universities, often distributed across the floor in their respective state pavilions or in their own small exhibit space, has always been how to be noticed in the crowd.

New York has its Garment District where companies know they can find the key players in the fashion industry.  Now BIO has created the life science tech transfer equivalent of the Garment District on the BIO Exhibit Hall floor.  With the Alliance Pavilion, BIO offers a turnkey solution that brings the universities, venture philanthropy organizations and patient advocacy foundations into an Alliance Pavilion near the BIO Partnering area.  This centralized location enables a one-stop-shopping experience that fosters connections between the companies seeking to create and build relationships and universities and other research organizations.

BIO Academic Zone within the BIO Alliance Pavilion
Join select university licensing departments and research institutions in the Academic Zone for vibrant networking and meaningful one-on-one partnering meetings.  The BIO Alliance Pavilion, encompassing 2,400 square feet in the center of the BIO Exhibition (and located near the main entrance of the BIO Business Forum), will provide academic institutions, venture philanthropy organizations, patient groups and industry with unique partnering opportunities to advance their research and drug  development agendas. The Pavilion will contain private meeting rooms, a staffed check-in counter, lounge area with seating, and poster displays for select institutions.

Sponsorships are $5,500.  Benefits include:
• Dedicated, turnkey display space within the Academic Zone that includes single poster kiosk
with seating and counter space for promotional materials
• One (1) partnering account for participation in BIO One-on-One Partnering™ system
• Two (2) exhibit hall personnel registrations that will allow access to meetings in the Academic
• Dedicated BIO Relationship Manager to provide “white glove” service, including pre-event
scheduling assistance with BIO One-on-One Partnering™ system
• Priority scheduling of partnering meetings within the Academic Zone
• Pre-event and on-site branding as an Academic Zone supporter


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BIO’s Alliance Pavilion – 40’x60′ of prime real estate – ready to move in

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Reception and Welcome desk staffed to handle meeting arrangements

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Academic Zone side view, meeting rooms are to the rear

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Alliance Zone floor plan Academic Zone kiosks are on the right

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For information and to sign up contact John Sloan directly at BIO

John Sloan

Managing Director, External Relations & Development

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

1201 Maryland Ave, SW, #900

Washington, DC 20004

(o) 202-962-9506

(c) 202-345-3670

(f) 202-488-6301