Lastman, Flaherty & Collenette To Kick-Off BIO 2002

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On behalf of all three levels of government, Mayor Mel Lastman, Ontario Enterprise, Opportunity & Innovation Minister Jim Flaherty and Federal Transport Minister David Collenette (Minister responsible for the Greater Toronto Area) will officially welcome BIO 2002 to Toronto this Thursday, June 6.

BIO 2002 is the world's largest annual biotechnology conference, and will bring some 14,000 attendees from 50 different countries to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre June 9-12.

Details of the kick-off event are as follows:
DATE: Thursday, June 6, 2002
TIME: 10:00 AM
LOCATION: Hospital For Sick Children - Atrium Garden Terrace
555 University Avenue
Enter via Elizabeth Street south of Gerrard
PARTICIPANTS: Carl B. Feldbaum, President of BIO
Mayor Mel Lastman
Hon. Jim Flaherty
Hon. David Collenette
Alan Gayer, HSC President & CEO
Dr. Manuel Buchwald, HSC Chief of Research

Also in attendance will be J. Mark Lievonen, President of Aventis Pasteur Ltd & BIO 2002 Steering Committee Chair, and Dr. Alan Bernstein, President of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

** PHOTO-OP: Following their remarks, Mr. Feldbaum, Minister Flaherty and Minister Collenette will be given a demonstration by Hospital for Sick Children scientists on genetics and proteomics research. Cameras will also be given access to one of the HSC labs to gather additional visuals.

MEDIA SHOULD BE PREPARED TO SHOW CREDENTIALS.

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About BIO
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.