BIO International Convention 2017 - 19-22 June 2017, San Diego and Flanders Investment & Trade are joining forces again to facilitate the participation of Flemish companies to the BIO International Convention; the largest global event for the biotech industry - taking place from 19-22 June 2017 in San Diego, US. 

Registration for this mission is CLOSED.

The following 35 companies & organisations confirmed their participation: 2Bridge, amatsigroup Belgium, Andacon, Apitope International, argenx, Asclepia, Atoms & Art, Biocartis, Centre for Drug Design and Discovery, Clinitude, CMAST, Confo Therapeutics, De Clercq & Partners, Denys Research Consultants, DROIA, Fluidda, Galapagos, Improvementatwork, Janssen Pharmaceutica, JLINX, KU Leuven Research & Development, MyCartis, NLO, Novosanis, Ontoforce, Phara, Pharmafluidics, PMV, Prodigest, Rousselot, TiGeniX, Toxikon Europe, UGent Tech Transfer, VIB & XpandInnovation.


Main ingredients BIO Convention

  • Business partnering: in 2016, 35,700 partnering meetings took place in 3 days time. 
  • Education Programme - covering the biotech and pharma industry's most relevant and timely topics: 800+ speakers; 157 topics
  • Exhibition160,000+ square foot featuring more than 1,800 exhibitors
  • A wide range of networking activities

Who attends the BIO Convention?

  • Leading biotech companies, top 25 pharma companies, top 20 CROs and CMOs, more than 300 academic institutionsgovernment agencies and the leading consultants and service companies.
  • One-third of BIO attendees come from outside the U.S: 76 countries are represented.

In 2016, BIO hosted 15,937 industry leaders - 49% VP/C-Level attendees. More info.

Why join FlandersBio & FIT?

  • Reduction of up to 600 USD per participant on the registration rate (see item cost for further details).
  • Acces to an info session: we will answer all your questions about the BIO Convention (session to take place in February 2017 @FlandersBio).
  • Your logo on a Belgian pavilion and your company description & contact details in a printed exhibitor catalogue. 
  • Combined shipping of your company brochures/gadgets to the US.
  • We ensure permanent presence on the BE pavilion, so that you don't miss any interesting contacts.
  • Access to a seating area on the BE Pavilion.
  • Free Exhibitor Booth Partnering (= organize your B2B Meetings on the Belgian Pavilion) - ! limited number of Booth Partnering Accounts, first come - first served.
  • Access to a Belgian networking event and a Belgian Café.
  • Accomodation: a travel agency can take care of booking your hotel room (we have pre-booked rooms in WESTGATE HOTEL SAN DIEGO), and flight. 

About 40 Flemish companies and organisations joined us in 2016.


  1. Service Fee FlandersBio & FIT (per company):
    Companies with up to 250 employees and non profit organisations: 500€/company
    Private companies with more than 250 employees: 1000€/company (EU legislation)
  2. Service Fee Travel Agency (= optional): 80€/delegate
  3. BIO Convention Registration Package -- depends on the package you choose:
    1. Exhibition access + Business Partnering on Belgian Pavilion: Free
    2. Education & Exhibition access (= access to exhibition + lectures): 900$
    3. Convention Access (= access to exhibition + lectures + receptions): 1,550$ OR 1,200$*
    4. Convention Access & Partnering (= access to exhibition + lectures + receptions + One-on-One Partnering in BIO Business Forum): 2,800$ OR 2,200$*
  4. Hotel & Transport: variable**

* Only when we have at least 30 individual participants that choose Convention Access or Convention Access & Partnering, FlandersBio and Flanders Investment & Trade will be able to offer these reduced fees.
** You can apply for subsidies. More information can be found on the FIT website. Any questions? Please contact Yves Roekens from FIT (Phone: +32 2 504 88 20).

How to register your company or organisation?

  1. Register your company via the FIT website (deadline = 31/01/2017).
  2. OPTIONAL: book your hotel room in Westgate Hotel San Diego (password: BIO2017)
  3. Provide us with your company details for the Exhibitor Catalogue (deadline = 31/01/2017)

NOTE: we will provide you with more details about how to register your individual delegates in a later stage!




Belgian Seminar: Belgian-US Collaborations in the Immuno-Oncology Gold Rush

Seminar on the promising future of immuno-oncology treatments: US/Belgian showcases. Download invitation with more details and link to the registration form.

Venue: The Westgate Hotel - 1055 Second Avenue, San Diego

Registration is free-of-charge but mandatory.



Meet & Greet with the Belgian participants @ BIO

Venue: TBC -most probably Westgate Hotel.

The Meet & Greet will be followed by a dinner in a local restaurant for those of you who are not attending the BIO Welcome Reception. 



Belgian Café with live music and Belgian Beers

Venue: House of Blues, San Diego.

Download invitation with all details.

Upfront registration is not needed, but we advise you to come early as our Belgian Café is one of the most popular social events at BIO.

Event Details


Monday, June 19, 2017 - Thursday, June 22, 2017



More info?

For any further information about this event, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Communications Coordinator

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Jonas De Backer

Communications Coordinator

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