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BIO will return to Chicago in 2010

Washington, D.C. - There's good news for those who enjoyed or perhaps profited from having BIO 2006 in nearby Chicago. The Biotechnology Industry Organization, a group that represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, and state biotechnology centers, has announced that it also will hold its 2010 international convention in the Windy City.

The 14th International Convention held in Chicago in April 2006 drew 19,479 attendees from 62 countries, including 12 governors.

The exhibition at BIO 2006 was the largest gathering of biotechnology exhibitors in history, with over 1,700 organizations. Speakers included former President Bill Clinton, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency James Woolsey, journalist Neil Cavuto, and top biotechnology industry leaders.

"Having Chicago selected again to host BIO 2010 demonstrates a great vote of confidence for our region as a major player in the biotech industry," Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said in a statement. "We look forward to welcoming BIO back to Chicago and Illinois to showcase the depth and breadth of biotechnology in the Midwest to the international leaders of the industry."

BIO 2007 will be held in Boston, BIO 2008 in San Diego, and BIO 2009 in Atlanta. Following the 2010 Chicago conference, BIO 2011 will be held in Washington, D.C.
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