Meeting The Need: Patients Tell Their Stories of Battling and Surviving Debilitating Diseases

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WHAT: Individuals living with debilitating diseases will discuss their personal stories in dealing with their disease and the role of biotechnology therapies in extending and improving the quality of their lives. They also will address the critical need to promote biomedical innovation to bring hope and promising new therapies to patients as soon as possible.

The panel discussion is part of the 2007 BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the global biotechnology industry, being held May 6-9, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts.

WHO: Individuals living with cancer, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis and a host of rare diseases and representatives of patient advocacy groups, including (invited):

- Dr. Darren Baker, scientist with Biogen Idec, living with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

- Lori Lober, Touched by Cancer Foundation, breast cancer survivor

- Dr. Vincent Macalusco, neurologist, living with MS

- Lateef Murdock, musician/songwriter, living with Pompe disease

- Joan Shey, founder of the “Light of Life Foundation”, living with thyroid cancer

- Jordan Sigalet, professional hockey player, living with MS

- Louis Buratti, businessman, living with Hepatitis C

WHEN: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Monday, May 7, 2007

WHERE: Room 152, Press Conference Room 2

Boston Convention Center

This year’s BIO International Convention will feature a program packed with more than 200 sessions and speakers focusing on the global aspects of biotechnology, including business development, global health, clinical research/clinical trials, policy, bioethics, devices and diagnostics, biopreparedness, intellectual property/legal, food and agriculture, and industrial and environmental issues. International seminars will spotlight national-level developments from more than 30 countries and regions worldwide. To view the full conference program, please visit www.bio2007.org/attendees/educational_sessions/index.html.

General registration for the BIO International Convention is now available at www.bio.org/registration/index.html. For more information about the global event for biotechnology, including housing and program updates, please visit the event homepage at www.bio2007.org.

About BIO

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. BIO also produces the annual BIO International Convention, the global event for biotechnology.

Upcoming BIO Events

· BIO International Convention
May 6-9, 2007
Boston, MA

· BIO VentureForum-East 2007

June 18-20, 2007

Montreal, Canada

· BIO Mid-America VentureForum 2007

Sep. 24–26, 2007

Milwaukee, WI

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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.