Read the full article by Nick Williams at Milwaukee Business Journal here. 

Several Wisconsin companies working in the biotech industry are headed to Boston for next week’s International BIO Convention, one of the biggest and most closely-watched gatherings in the life sciences industry.

More than 16,000 people are expected to attend the conference, which is hosted by national lobby group Biotechnology Innovation Organization and runs June 4-7 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in the Seaport District. There are executive training courses and entrepreneurship “bootcamp” programs in the days leading up to the main event, not to mention countless networking receptions and offsite parties in the city.

Among the many organizations and companies representing Wisconsin are Milwaukee’s BloodCenter of Wisconsin and True Process, a Glendale-based tech company that builds software for connected medical devices. You can read more about True Process here.

The BloodCenter and True Process are also among 30 companies and organizations that received a scholarship from BioForward, the Madison-based organization that represents the state’s bio health industry, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to attend the convention.

Here’s a look at the headliners who are expected to speak during the convention, plus two concerts that organizers also have on tap. (You can access the full schedule here.)

Monday, June 4

1 p.m. — Fireside chat featuring Jay Bradner, president of the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR).

2:30 p.m. — Fireside chat featuring Albert Bourla, chief operating officer of Pfizer.

4 p.m. — Fireside chat featuring Paul Stoffels, chief scientific officer of Johnson & Johnson.

Tuesday, June 5

9 a.m. — Keynote address by Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC News’ Good Morning America.

12:30 p.m. — “Super session” featuring Jonathan Kraft, president of The Kraft Group and the New England Patriots, and Bill Sibold, head of Sanofi Genzyme. According to BIO, the two will discuss the “many similarities between running a successful biotech company and running a football franchise.”

8 p.m. — Free concert by Little Big Town at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for the event, which is sponsored by trade group MassBio.

Wednesday, June 6

9 a.m. — Keynote address by actor and director Rob Reiner.

11 a.m. — Fireside chat featuring former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who is now managing director of a Bain Capital social impact fund.

2 p.m. — Fireside chat featuring John Maraganore, CEO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and chair of BIO.

3:30 p.m. — Fireside chat featuring Mikael Dolsten, president of worldwide research and development at Pfizer.

6:30 p.m. — Concert by Diana Ross, to be held in the convention center ballroom.

Thursday, June 7

9 a.m. — Fireside chat featuring FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

10:30 a.m. — Fireside chat featuring Sue Desmond-Hellman, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Penny Heaton, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute.