BIO Announces New Vice President of Communications

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 10, 2006) -- Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), announced today that Jeffrey A. Joseph will become the organization's vice president of communications beginning on September 6.

"I am very pleased that Jeff has accepted our offer to join the BIO team," Greenwood said. "Jeff's passion and skill as a communicator will provide tremendous leadership for our public relations staff. Jeff's experience will be a significant addition to our world class advocacy organization and he will serve BIO's 1,100 members very well in communicating to our varied audiences the benefits that biotechnology can bring to the world with an environment of supportive public policy."

Joseph is presently the Vice President of Communications and Strategic Relations at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). While at CEA, he managed the communications department, served as an industry spokesperson and was responsible for CEA's media and public affairs strategies. During his tenure, Joseph played an instrumental role in top technology policy issues, including the nation's transition to digital television, intellectual property and environmental policy. Under his leadership, media and analyst attendance doubled at CEA's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES®), the world's largest annual showcase for consumer technology.

Prior to joining CEA, Joseph spent 11 years at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in Washington, D.C. where he managed and designed comprehensive, multi-disciplinary communications and media outreach campaigns. As a senior vice president and senior member of Ogilvy public affairs division, he led campaigns surrounding some of the most hotly debated political issues of the past two decades including federal and state tax policy, federal land management, managed trade and farm policy.

In 2005, Joseph was named PR Professional of the Year in the Nonprofit/Association category by PR News. Joseph also was named to PR Week's "In-House A List" and to Dealerscope Magazine's "Top 40 Under 40 In The Consumer Electronics Industry" in 2003.

Joseph is a 1986 graduate of Princeton University where he received a bachelor's degree in religion.

BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and 31 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

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BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.