Comedian Bernie Mac to Speak at BIO 2006

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 3, 2006) – Renowned actor/comedian and patient advocate Bernie Mac will deliver a plenary address at BIO 2006 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Mac will speak Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at the luncheon plenary, scheduled from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. CDT.

A stand-up comedian and television star of the long-running and award-winning Fox series, “The Bernie Mac Show,” Mac announced last year that he was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis in 1983. Sarcoidosis is a rare autoimmune disease of unknown origin that causes inflammation of the body’s tissues, most frequently in the lungs. Mac has supported increasing public awareness of Sarcoidosis, and plans to create the Bernie Mac Foundation to further understanding of this disease.

For more information about BIO 2006, please visit http://www.bio.org/events/2006/. Media registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the news media. Reporters and editors working full-time for print or broadcast news organizations may register onsite with valid media credentials. Freelance journalists and online publications may not register onsite.

BIO 2006, the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s annual convention is April 9-12, 2006 in Chicago at McCormick Place. The convention is expected to draw 18,000 CEOs, researchers, policymakers, journalists, and venture capitalists for three days of networking and learning. BIO 2006 will feature more than 180 educational sessions and workshops on finance, partnering, R&D, science and policy.

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 health-care, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

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