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17 Biotech Conferences to Attend in 2018

Looking to add biotech conferences to attend in 2018 to next year’s schedule? This article includes a wide variety of biotech events that will meet your interests. 

In the biotech industry, attending biotech conferences, summits, and events is a great way to network with others, all while gaining an in-depth understanding of the many underlying topics in biotechnology.

This list of 2018 biotech conferences includes an array of events occurring in 2018, and they take place all over the world. Using this list, you will be able to find biotech conferences that will meet your needs and increase your expertise in the biotech field.

Biotech Conferences in 2018

Biotech Showcase 2018

Date: January 8 – January 10, 2018

Location: San Francisco, California

At this showcase, you will hear the latest industry trends in workshops and panels featuring key biotech leaders, investors, pharma executives, and other industry advisors.

This event is attended by:

Business of Biotech Conference 2018

Date: March 2, 2018

Location: Tampa, Florida

The Business of Biotech Conference brings together biomedical companies, startups, entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers for networking and partnership discussions. The inaugural conference was held in 2007, marking the 20th anniversary of Moffitt Cancer Center.  Each year since 2006, Moffitt has hosted this conference, which has shown steady growth in attendance from about 200 to a maximum capacity of 375 at the 2017 conference.

20th Global Congress on Biotechnology

Date: March 5 – March 7, 2018

Location: London, United Kingdom

Biotech Congress 2018 aims to bring together the Professors, Researchers, scientists, business giants, and technocrats to provide an international forum for the dissemination of original research results, new ideas and practical development, and to discover advances in the field of biotechnology, management, and education in relation to biotechnology as well as a breadth of other topics.

This biotech meeting creates a platform for Policy-makers, Scientists, representatives, and decision makers in biotechnology to present their latest biotech research and learn about all the important developments in biotechnology research. The applications of biotechnology include therapeutics, diagnostics, genetically modified crops for agriculture, processed food, bioremediation, waste treatment, and energy production.

Partnering for Growth: Biotech Innovation, Showcase, & Forum

Date: March 20 – March 21, 2018

Location: Ankeny, Iowa

IowaBio’s Partnering For Growth forum is the state’s “biotechnology summit” targeted to senior leaders in biotech who have funding, human resources, issues management,  business development, and research in their areas of responsibility.

Some of the speakers include:

The event also attracts public leaders who lead programs assisting the biotech sector from a funding, regulatory, or economic development perspective. In addition to the Innovation Showcase, Partnering For Growth features a series of educational presentations, panel discussions, and networking activities aimed at sharing best practices and opportunities for collaboration within the industry.

Partnering For Growth also features a Biotech Innovation Showcase event which is the result of industry leaders and investors seeking to establish a gathering of innovators, inventors, and investors to collaborate on their work specific to the field of biotechnology. The Showcase provides a forum for biotech leaders in Iowa and beyond to present their innovations to potential investors from throughout the country.

International Biotechnology and Research Conference

Date: April 25 – April 27, 2018

Location: Rome, Italy

Biotech-2018 brings upon a new platform to share and discuss all the innovations in the field of Biotechnology and its allied areas. Biotech-2018 will focus on the most recent progressions and technologies in this field. This conference is a gathering of all eminent persons, scientists, and professors of biotechnology from all over world.

In addition, Biotech-2018 will provide a pathway to overcome barriers in this research field by innovative thoughts of renowned speakers and scientists.

Annual Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Conference – Pharma Biotech Conference 2018

Date: May 16 – May 17, 2018

Location: Singapore

Pharma Biotech Congress 2018 focuses upon “Latest Research and Development Trends for optimum solutions in the Field”.  This Pharma Biotech Congress 2018 focuses on the trends in which the biopharmaceutical market is heading on since its launch until the present date, and moving on to the projections in future. It takes into its fold the critical developmental procedures, analyses, regulatory factors, and also pharmacovigilance, including post marketing surveillance and clinical studies. Innovation and compliance to regulatory guidelines are the most critical aspects towards biosimilars and follow on biologics development and successful launching to the market.

Join your peers around the world focused on learning about Biopharmaceutics, Biologics, and Biosimilars related advances, which is your single best opportunity to reach the largest assemblage of participants from the Biopharma community, conduct demonstrations, distribute information, meet with current and potential professionals, make a splash with a new research works, and receive name recognition at this 3-day event.

World-renowned speakers, the most recent research, advances, and the newest updates in Biologics and Biosimilars are hallmarks of this conference.

World Biotechnology Conference

Date: June 25 – June 27, 2018

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

The world biotechnology conference is organized in Stockholm to build a collaborative relationship and work toward the shared objective of creating a sustainable world. Stockholm is a global, diverse, and vibrant venue with great places to have fun.

Biotech Stockholm aims to be the common platform where international scientists, industrials, and investors from over 20 countries and diverse disciplines come together to discuss and share ideas and recent developments in biotechnology research and industries.

Biotech Stockholm is designed to offer the latest applied research and development trends.

Types of sessions at World Biotechnology Conference:
  • Keynote Presentations
  • Oral Presentations
  • Symposia
  • Workshops
  • Poster sessions

2nd World Congress & Expo on Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Date: June 25 – June 27, 2018

Location: Dubai, UAE

This event will focus on various important disciplines of biotechnology and bioengineering. This conference will have a variety of plenary lectures, session lectures, poster presentations, scientific exhibitions, panel discussions, and B2B meetings with world renowned speakers, biotechnologists, pharmaceutical professionals, and leading specialists involved in biotechnology and bioengineering.

Biotech France 2018 International Conference and Exhibition

Date: June 27 – June 29, 2018

Location: Paris, France

The Biotech France 2018 program will present the most advanced issues in biotechnology and its related fields which will be discussed by a selected group of international scientists, industrials and investors. It will include the research, industrial, and commercial aspects of biotechnology, in areas such as: Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals, Food and Agriculture, Biofuels, Environment and Biodiversity, Biocatalysis, Bioremediation, Process engineering, etc.

2nd Annual Biotechnology Congress

Date: July 23 – July 24, 2018

Location: Vancouver, Canada

International conference of Annual Biotechnology is a Research-scientific knowledge bridge that aims to bring together multi-disciplinary luminaries for thriving innovation in the Biotechnology.

The scientific conferences have been carefully structured  to share knowledge and thoughts through presentations and exhibitions. Annual Biotechnology sessions cover all aspects of biotech Biopharmaceutical Engineering, Biomass and Bioenergy, Bioscience, Biobanking, Molecular Diagnostics, Recombinant Gene Technology, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Algal Biotechnology, Marine Biotechnology, and  Food Processing and Technology.

Attendees can look forward to hearing about the different strategies taken to improve on-going research and decipher how to overcome technical limitations in research development. This conference is where pharma and Life Science companies find partners, access innovation, find funding and brainstorm the solutions to further their business needs.

Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Here is a list of some events that are put on by the biotechnology innovation organization.

Date: February 12 – February 13, 2018

Location: New York, New York

The BIO CEO & Investor Conference is one of the largest investor conferences focused on established and emerging publicly traded and select private biotech companies. Their mission is to support industry-wide success, so they present a broad and unbiased view of investment opportunities.

BIO Asia International Conference

Date: March 19 – March 20, 2018

Location: Tokyo, Japan

The BIO Asia International Conference brings together the global biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry to explore licensing and research collaborations in the current Asia-Pacific business and policy environments.

Gain insights into the changes, challenges, and opportunities key opinion and policy leaders foresee for the Japanese biotech market.

BIO Executive Training Programs

Date: June 2 – June 4, 2018

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

The Business Development Fundamentals and Advanced Business Development courses support the activity that takes place at BIO’s partnering, investor, and venture capital conferences each year by training individuals who are making the deals that drive this industry.

Each course is taught by experienced business development professionals from leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, and experts from the fields of law and public relations. All instructors have deep hands-on experience with deals and licensing in the biotech industry.

BIO International Convention

Date: June 4 – June 7, 2018

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

The BIO International Convention (BIO) attracts 16,000+ biotechnology and pharma leaders who come together for one week of intensive networking to discover new opportunities and promising partnerships. The event brings together a wide spectrum of life science and application areas including drug discovery, biomanufacturing, genomics, biofuels, nanotechnology, and cell therapy.

Here’s What You Can Expect at BIO 2018:

BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

Date: July 16 – July 19, 2018

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology provides a unique forum for business executives, government officials, academic researchers, and industry leaders to share the latest advances in renewable chemicals, synthetic biology, enzymes, food ingredients, biofuels, algae, and more.

Date: October 17 – October 18, 2018

Location: San Francisco, California

The BIO Investor Forum is an international biotech investor conference focused on early and established private companies as well as emerging public companies. The event features plenary sessions, business roundtables, and therapeutic workshops, company presentations, and One-on-One Partnering™ meetings.

BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit

Date: October 30 – October 31, 2018

Location: Washington, DC

This event brings together patient advocacy organizations, academia, regulators, the biotechnology industry, and other stakeholders for two days of robust programming to discuss timely policy issues and share best practices. The Summit also provides invaluable networking opportunities to advance partnership among stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem. Last year, the Summit convened over 320 attendees from more than 200 different organizations.


As stated by Indra Nooyi, the CEO of Pepsi:

“You must continually increase your learning, the way you think, and the way you approach your organization.

Attending a biotech conference (or many biotech conferences) will ensure that you do just that.

Which biotech conferences will you be attending in 2018?


Source:  Information from each of these events comes from the website's of each event.