Signature Events

MassBio Signature Events

MassBio organizes numerous events throughout the year. Find out how your organization can become a sponsor or contact Director of Events Elizabeth Steele at 617-674-5100 or for more information.

Policy Leadership Breakfast

Held at the historic Omni Parker House, just steps away from Beacon Hill, our annual Policy Leadership Breakfast brings industry leaders together with Massachusetts public policy leaders for keynote presentations and panel discussions designed to educate and promote an open dialogue.    This event is a must-attend for senior industry leaders, policy makers and staff, and pharma and biotech government affairs executives.

MassBio Annual Meeting

The MassBio Annual Meeting focuses on the most timely and critical challenges facing the Massachusetts Hamburgbiotechnology industry. The meeting program is pulled together by a Steering Committee of industry leaders and the agenda encompasses keynote presentations, panel discussions, interactive working sessions, and extensive networking opportunities for all MassBio members.

The MassBio Annual Meeting also includes the Innovative Leadership Award Luncheon, which honors an industry leader for his or her contribution to moving the industry forward.

On The Calendar:

MA CRO/CMO Symposium

Now in its third year, the Massachusetts CRO/CMO Symposium shines a spotlight on the strength and success of the CRO and CMO communities in the Commonwealth.CROCMO

The Symposium draws more than 300 attendees to discuss and evaluate the best alternatives that have evolved in shortening time to market. A series of case studies, interactive panel discussions, and networking sessions provide ample time to explore the various techniques and approaches being used by both virtual and established companies.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available NOW!

Rare Disease Day

Rare Disease DayRare Disease Day calls attention to the public health issues associated with rare diseases, which affect nearly 30 million Americans and countless others around the world.

The Commonwealth joins a coalition of organizations recognizing the day, being coordinated by the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), which includes patient organizations, professional societies, government agencies, medical researchers, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and patients.

Please join us to recognize Rare Disease Day and the research being done in Massachusetts to treat and cure rare disease. Together, we can raise awareness of rare disease.

On The Calendar:

BIO International Convention

The BIO International Convention is the largest global event for the biotechnology industry and attracts the BIObiggest names in biotech, offers key networking and partnering opportunities, and provides insights and inspiration on the major trends affecting the industry.

For the third year in a row, the Massachusetts Pavilion theme: Lifecycle Massachusetts, aims to show convention-goers the depth and breadth of life sciences in Massachusetts.

To learn more, visit the convention website.

Pharma Days

As one of MassBio's new partnering programs, Pharma Days are designed to maximize buyer and seller interactions and to prospect for pipeline growth.  Pharma Days aggregate over 120 biotechnology companies in one place at one time, bringing buyers and sellers together for in person conversations. This highly efficient forum reduces meeting set-up inefficiencies, and provides an intimate opportunity for pharma to meet prospectively with new emerging biotechnology companies.

Pharma DaysMassBio can help pharma companies speak to biotech companies "under the radar," and arrange the right meeting with the right people for the right indications, specific to an organization's pipeline.

For buyers, Pharma Days comprises a one to two day unique partnering event that is all about your company and the visibility you get before 120+ of the most innovative biotechnology firms;

  • One-on-one partnering with CEOs and heads of business development in your therapeutic/diagnostic space.
  • Present your company’s sourcing strategy for new licenses and acquisitions to the biotechnology community.
  • Intimate and unhurried exchange of information.
  • Obviate the frenzy and “noise” of other major partnering conferences

MassBio staff will work with you to:

  • Identify, invite and follow up with the contacts you’d like to meet.
  • Organize a one to two day unique partnering event that is all about your company and the visibility you get before 120+ of the most innovative biotechnology firms.

Check out the Boston Business Journal's story on Pharma Days.

If you or your organization is interested in partnering on a Pharma Day, please contact Rakhshita Dhar at or 617-674-5100.

MassBio Golf Classic to Benefit MassBioEd

Play 18 holes on a beautiful course - then add food, drinks, networking, and fun - all for an excellent cause. The annual MassBio Golf Classic to benefit MassBioEd supports the Foundation's activities in science and biotechnology education in Massachusetts through school programs, workforce training, and lifelong learning.

MassBioEd's BioTeach program strives to provide every public high school in Massachusetts with Golf Classicthe skills and tools that are necessary to teach biotechnology. Since 2005, BioTeach has engaged high school students with hands-on lab experiences that inspire scientific curiosity, understanding, and for many students, a career in the life sciences. To date, 201 schools have participated in the BioTeach program. MassBioEd has awarded more than $2 million in grants for lab supplies in high school classrooms across the Commonwealth.

Other MassBioEd initiatives include the Biotechnology Learning Center, which focuses on strengthening the biotech workforce and educating the community in general through continuing education courses, seminars, online resources and certificate programs.

Visit the MassBioEd website.

BioPharm America

MassBio partnered with the EBD Group again in 2011 to bring you BioPharm America, one of the largest and most productive partnering events in North America.

MassBio Investors Forum

In addition to pulling together the large and active participation of the Massachusetts-based life science community, BioPharm America 2011 featured partneringONE®, the industry’s most advanced partnering system, and a top notch program that includes content tracks and dozens of company presentations.

To see video highlights, click here.

MassBio Investors ForumParticipants included representatives from venture capital, institutional and private equity investor communities; top level industry executives in business development, corporate development and strategic alliances; biotech and pharmaceutical executives; health care leaders; academic leaders; and representatives from disease foundations and government organizations offering financing opportunities.

MassBio Membership Open House

Learn how to maximize your MassBio membership:

  • Make sure you are taking advantage of our Purchasing Consortium
  • Learn more about MassBio Committees and Signature Events
  • Connect with our Economic Development and Public Policy services
  • Network with other MassBio members
  • Talk one-on-one with the MassBio team to get your questions or concerns addressed

On The Calendar:

Annual Statewide Biotech Job Shadow Day

MassBio and MassBioEd have joined forces to conduct an annual statewide Biotechnology Job Shadow Day focused on building tomorrow’s biotechnology workforce today.

Job shadows are designed to give local high school students the opportunity to experience the very real connection between classroom science and the science that drives our biotechnology industry. Your company could be instrumental in helping students realize the career opportunities that exist in the life sciences and encourage them to pursue a science based education.

Past participants include:

  • Abbott Bioresearch Center
  • AbbVie
  • Airgas
  • Alnylam
  • AMAG Pharmaceuticals
  • Amgen
  • ARIAD Pharmaceuticals
  • AstraZeneca
  • Avecia Biotechnology
  • Biogen Idec
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Caliper Life Sciences
  • Civitas Therapeutics
  • Cubist Pharmaceuticals
  • EMD Serono
  • EMD Millipore
  • Formatech
  • Foundation Medicine
  • Genzyme Corporation
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Masy Systems
  • Merrimack Pharmaceuticals
  • Microtest Laboratories
  • Millennium Pharmaceuticals
  • Natick Labs
  • New England Bioabs
  • Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research
  • Organogenisis
  • Perkin Elmer
  • Pfizer
  • Shire Pharmaceuticals
  • Sunovion
  • The Broad Institute
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Toxikon Corporation
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Whitehead Institute
  • Wolfe Laboratories

Global Gateway

Global Gateway


In order to compete in today's global world, Massachusetts companies must position themselves in the rapidly growing international life sciences arena.

That's why MassBio brings you Global Gateway, a series of sessions designed to connect MassBio’s international partners with Massachusetts-based biotech & pharma business development contacts, venture capitalists and angel investors.



About MassBio

MassBio is a not-for-profit organization committed to advancing the development of critical new science, technology and medicines that benefit people worldwide.

Founded in 1985, MassBio represents over 600 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, research hospitals, and service organizations involved in life sciences and health care, and works to advance policy and promote education, while providing member programs and events, industry information, and services.

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