The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) International Convention is so much more than policy updates and panel sessions. The 2023 event, which returned to Boston in June, featured a number of networking events, receptions, workshops, and even late-night parties to help continue the conversations beyond the podiums.
Here are five fun things that happened at the 2023 BIO International Convention.
1. Welcome Reception at Big Night Live
The convention began with a bang on Monday, June 5, when hundreds of attendees enjoyed food, drinks, dancing, and fun at Big Night Live, a luxury live music venue in Boston’s West End.
Attendees shared their excitement about the coming days of the convention—and even set up meetings for later in the week:
2. Exhibitor Hospitality Reception, Comms Workshop, & OUTbio – all in a Tuesday!
On Tuesday, June 6, a busy day of networking closed with a reception on the convention show floor, where attendees got the chance to mix and mingle while checking out the exhibitors’ booths.
Tuesday also brought together biotech communicators for a workshop sponsored by Uncapped Communications and featuring Axios Co-Founder Mike Allen and BIO communicators (including the editors of Good Day BIO and Bio.News). Attendees reconvened later in the evening with a communicators’ happy hour sponsored by Amgen—and a few then headed upstairs to dance the night away at the OUTbio Pride Month party co-sponsored by BIO, Blueprint Medicines, Goodwin, Sanofi, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
3. Wednesday Evening Reception
Wednesday was almost everyone’s busiest day—and the fun didn’t stop on the show floor. The evening reception on June 7 at MGM Music Hall at Fenway featured a live performance by singer and songwriter Andy Grammer, perhaps best known for the 2010 song “Keep Your Head Up”
4. A partnering record
The 2023 BIO International Convention convened attendees for more than 57,000 partnering meetings—a new record. We can’t wait to see what innovations come from these meetings!
— I Am Biotech (@IAmBiotech) June 8, 2023
5. Equity & Inclusion Reception
Mid-day Wednesday, attendees took a break over coffee and snacks for an Equity and Inclusion Reception, where a variety of partners across the biotech diversity and inclusion ecosystem got the chance to network and talk about how we can advance DEI in the industry and healthcare as a whole.
The 2024 BIO International Convention will return to San Diego – hope to see you there!