Meanwhile, on the other side of the city, 20,000 biotech execs and their wanna-bes gathered for the annual BIO convention. I applied for a press pass a few months ago. Although they gave me one last year (on assignment for the same magazine), this year the communications officer for BIO told me that the magazine's editorial line wasn't relevant to their conference. You can read about my run-in with the BIO communications team at last year's conference in Grub. It might help you get why they'd reject a request this time around.