BIO Europe 2019


Written by:
David Wilkerson

Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany, lies at the head of the long and beautiful estuary of the River Elbe. Its location makes it an important link between the sea and Germany's network of inland waterways and numerous islands. The city is best known for its famous harbor area, the Port of Hamburg. Hamburg is Germany’s wealthiest city which makes it the perfect place for shopping, and with its close proximity to rivers and the sea, you can always find a fresh supply of fish and seafood around every corner. Hamburg’s efficient network of metro lines, buses, and even ferries will ensure you get to your destination in less than half an hour, be it the airport, museums, clubs, shopping malls, or even conference events, such as BIO-Europe 2019

The 25th annual international partnering conference BIO-Europe 2019, is organized by Informa Connect, a division of EBD Group, and will be held from November 11th - 13th, 2019 at the Hamburg Messe Convention Center in Hamburg, Germany. The BIO-Europe conference is held annually in different cities and is an international platform to promote business development between pharmaceutical, financial and biotechnology companies. This special event is one of Europe's largest partnering conferences for the global biotech industry. At this conference you will find leading decision makers of the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and financial industries employed at emerging companies all discussing the newest technologies and market insights. BIO-Europe offers countless opportunities to engage with global life science partners. Empower your team with knowledge from key biotech and pharma leaders who will discuss the latest industry trends in workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, and networking activities.

EBD Group is a leading partnering firm for the global life science industry, with its main mission to facilitate the critical, strategic connections that drive life science dealmaking. This highly recognized events group specialize in bringing people together, whether face-to-face or by large exhibitions, at one of their leading global life science partnering events, such as BIO-Europe. EBD Group has also equipped its partneringONE® platform for the event, which is a super valuable tool that enables all teams to search and set up business meetings before attending the conference and will be explained in detail below. 

For such large scale events as Bio-Europe, it can quickly become overwhelming for a team of company attendees, particularly if limited in size. With so much potential ground to cover, making the most of your time and investment is key, so we’ve put a few tips together for planning out your time in Hamburg:

Know the area and activities

The Hamburg Messe event complex is one of the largest trade fair and exhibition centers in the world. The organization’s business unit has 2,500 employees at some 30 locations, generating annual sales of around €661 million. This particular convention center consists of eleven halls with a total space of 87,000 m² and another 10,000 m² outside of the halls. Here you will find excellent international transport connections by air, rail and road, as this exhibition venue enjoys superb public transport connections. Exploring this gigantic venue can be a major task, so it’s important to prepare for visiting the facilities by reviewing the event floor plan and knowing your way around before the conference. 

BIO-Europe’s world-class workshops, panels and active exhibition along with thousands of pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings make this event an unrivaled forum for companies across the biotech industry to meet and do business. In addition to the program, two key elements at this partnering event are the presenting companies and the exhibition hall. At BIO-Europe 2019, presenting companies and discussions are grouped into several tracks, including Biotech, Mid-size Pharma, Next Generation, Academic Innovators, Business Development, and Therapeutic tracks. The high-exposure exhibition hall is the heart of the conference, and presents a prime opportunity to showcase products and services in a high-traffic location. There will be tons of activities taking place during this event, so be sure to check out the full conference agenda for more details on all of the activities throughout the entire show. 

Some of the highlights from last year’s event include:

  • 4,300+ attendees 
  • 26,000+ one-to-one meetings 
  • 5,200+ licensing opportunities posted 
  • 2,300+ companies attended
  • 140+ company presentations 
  • 130+ exhibitors 
  • 60+ countries represented

Identify the right companies to meet

In addition to the multiple exhibitors and speaker sessions, there will be an abundance of networking experiences for you to partake and enjoy throughout the 3-day conference. There will be dozens of ways to interact and engage with companies at BIO-Europe 2019. In addition to visiting exhibit booths and catching meetings, you will be able to attend multiple instructional functions through the various programs, seminars, spotlight presentations, and workshops. Another great way to prepare for the exhibition hall is to explore the exhibitor list, and in order to plan ahead we think it’s important to view the full list of presenting companies prior to arriving in order to make the best use of your time. 

After listening to some speaker sessions and panel discussions, take some time to visit vendors in the exhibitor hall and discover new solutions that will speed up and potentially lower the costs of your development pipeline. There will be over 130 exhibitors to learn about and discuss new technologies, current bottlenecks in development, and potential solutions to your financial strategies and overall research pipelines. For more details, check out the full list of sponsors and co-sponsors attending this event. If your team is interested in going but still doesn’t know where to start, please check out the Event Preview Guide, we have found this to be a very informative digital brochure that covers all of the major activities and features of BIO-Europe 2019 and is packed with great advice on how to start planning for the 3-day event. 

Find out who’s going

There will be over 140 speakers covering every facet of drug development and biotech finance strategies, from trends in smart drug discovery in biotechnology to gene therapy valuation, and even digital therapeutic partnership landscapes, there will be plenty of learning and networking opportunities for you and your team to explore. You can find more details on the speaker sessions in the full conference agenda, or alternatively you can search for around on the conference webpage linked above.

One of the best ways to identify the right companies to meet during BIO-Europe 2019 will actually happen before you arrive in Hamburg! After registering your team, you will gain access to the partneringONE® Event App, where you can view the full attendee list and pre-schedule meetings before the event. The PartneringONE® platform allows you to identify prospective partners using advanced search capabilities and manage all your meeting requests in one place. The current software application has been updated with new features and functionality that will increase your productivity and improve your partnering experience, such as time-saving message templates and enhanced search capabilities and collaboration tools. Check out the partneringONE® webpage for more details, including multiple tutorials to watch on navigating in the software.  

Wear comfortable footwear 

This point is really worth mentioning, and since exploring the Hamburg Messe venue can be such a huge endeavor to partake, please make sure to wear your most comfortable footwear and attire during the show. You’ll want to be at peak endurance throughout the event, so be sure to drink plenty of water, and don’t miss out on any important exhibits, sessions, and most of all, meetings! 

Meet up with Zymewire

While we may not be attending BIO-Europe 2019 this year, we’d still like to hear from you! Let us know about your experiences, and how your company preps for events to maximize ROI. If you would like to learn more about how teams at service providers around the world are getting more face to face meetings with the right prospects, reach out for a demo today!


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