BIO is the world’s largest biotechnology organization, providing advocacy, business development and communications services for more than 1,100 members worldwide. Corporate members range from entrepreneurial companies developing a first product to Fortune 100 multinationals. BIO also represents state and regional biotech associations, service providers to the industry and academic centers. In short, every organization with an interest in biotechnology is—or should be—a BIO member.
Member services include:
- federal and state advocacy on issues affecting the industry;
- a dozen or more investor and partnering meetings throughout the year, with discounts for members;
- communications services that disseminate information about the benefits of biotechnology; and
- BIO BUSINESS SOLUTIONSsm discounts for a variety of goods and services.
BIO’s membership structure is tailored to meet the needs of a wide variety of organizations. For information about joining BIO, visit bio.org or contact the Membership Department at 202-962-9200.
|BIO Memebership: Breakdown by Member Type
BIO was created in 1993 through the merger of the Association of Biotechnology Companies and the Industrial Biotechnology Association. The goal was for the entire industry—from young startups to established companies—to speak with one voice for the industry on such issues as FDA reform, reimbursement policy, regulation of biotech crops, and small business and economic development issues.
Over the last 12 years, BIO has
made progress on all of these fronts:
- FDA reform was enacted in the 1997 Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act.
- The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 largely incorporated BIO’s principles for establishing coverage of outpatient drugs.
- A host of biotech crops were introduced, including improved varieties of corn, soybeans and cotton.
- At least 40 states have programs in place to promote biosciencerelated economic development.
Specific issues may have changed over the years, but BIO’s core mission of fostering biotechnology innovation through advocacy, business development and communications has not.