Former Director of Central Intelligence, R. James Woolsey to Speak at BIO 2006

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 10, 2006) – R. James Woolsey, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton, Former Director of Central Intelligence, will deliver the speech, “Energy, Security and the Long War of the 21st Century,” at BIO 2006 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Woolsey will speak Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at the breakfast plenary, scheduled from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. CST.

Woolsey is an internationally known expert on biofuels who serves as Chairman of the Advisory Boards of the Clean Fuels Foundation and the New Uses Council. He also serves on the National Commission on Energy Policy and was a member of The National Commission on Terrorism from 1999-2000. Woolsey will discuss industrial and environmental biotechnology’s role in the future of cellulosic ethanol and other alternative fuels during the plenary session.

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.

Advance media registration for BIO 2006 is now available online. Registration is complimentary for credential members of the news media. To register, please visit http://www.bio.org/events/2006/reg/. Only reporters and editors working full-time for print or broadcast news organizations may register onsite with valid media credentials. All freelancers and online publications must register in advance by Friday, March 31, 2006.

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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