) -- Small and midsized biotech companies get a turn in the investor spotlight this week as the 13th annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference kicks off here this morning.

I'll be live-blogging from the BIO CEO conference over the next two days, presenting news updates and analysis live from the presentation rooms and breakout (Q&A) sessions. Biotech companies on my coverage list today include

Exact Sciences

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Sangamo BioSciences

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I'll also try to report on presentations from

Cleveland BioLabs

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OnoGenex Pharmaceuticals



Oncolytics Biotech

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The BIO CEO conference is sponsored by BIO, the biotech industry-lobbying group based in Washington, D.C., and typically invites small- and mid-cap biotech companies to present to an audience of institutional investors. Smaller biotech companies, in particular, lack extensive research coverage from investment banks, so this conference is a good way for these companies to get their stories in front of investors.

This BIO CEO confab live blog will be similar to the real-time coverage I provided in January of the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. Expect breaks in between my postings today since I'll be moving around the conference and waiting for companies to present throughout the day. I'll do my best to give you continuous coverage, but understand that I'm somewhat at the mercy of the AT&T network and my ability to type into my iPhone while weaving through crowds and listening to biotech executives speak.

Your best bet is to check back into the live blog several times throughout the day.

Like my previous live blogs, I want to keep today's coverage interactive, so feel free to ping me with comments and questions. I will publish and respond to as many of your comments and questions as I can.

--Written by Adam Feuerstein in Boston.

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