Boston will welcome global biotechnology innovators to a major industry conference next June.

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is holding its flagship annual event – the BIO International Convention – in Boston and it wants to inspire stakeholders to ‘Make History’ – the theme for 2018.

On what will be a special anniversary for the Convention, James Greenwood, BIO President and CEO, said: “Twenty-five years ago, a small group of visionary scientists met in a hotel room to talk about the vast potential of biotechnology to change the world as they knew it. From those talks, BIO was born. Today, our founders’ dreams are being realized, and millions of lives are being saved and improved as our companies commercialize breakthrough products that heal, feed and fuel the world.”

He continued: “We will always look back on 2017 as a year of significant breakthroughs in biotechnology. The first-ever gene-modifying immunotherapy was approved by the FDA, enabling doctors to take cancer-fighting T-cells from a patient, improve the cells through genetic modification and then insert them back into the patient so they can more effectively fight against leukemia.”

We covered that amazing story earlier this year on what was an ‘historic moment in cancer treatment’.

Now BIO wants to hear from the game-changers ready to take part in next year’s showcase in Boston by staging sessions or becoming speakers. The call for sessions and speakers is open now.