Crowds enter the BIO exhibit hall near the California booth in 2014. Photo by Chris Jennewein

The BIO International Convention returns to San Diego after three years, bringing more than 16,000 to the San Diego Convention Center in June.

The event from June 19 to 22 is expected to attract many of the top business and scientific leaders in the life sciences industry. There will be 1,800 exhibitors, and former British Prime Minister David Cameron is scheduled to give a keynote address.

BIO last held its convention in San Diego in 2008 and 2014. The 2014 event drew 15,667, including nearly 2,500 company CEOs, from all 50 states and 70 countries.

“BIO is pleased to return to San Diego, one of the world’s largest and most innovative centers for biotechnology development,” said Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO. “This event provides biotech leaders with opportunities to showcase their breakthrough innovations, partner with C-level executives and network with the global biotech industry.”

San Francisco was the location of last year’s convention, and Greenwood said it’s not surprising for the state to host two in a row because it remains the world leader in life sciences.

“Biocom welcomes BIO 2017 to San Diego, where the sun reflects on our city’s astonishing breadth and depth of life science innovation and success,” said Joe Panetta, President and CEO of the trade group BIOCOM.

Discounted, advance registration for the conference ends on April 10.

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