Sustainable Agriculture, Stewardship and Genetically Engineered Animals Major Focus Areas of 2008 BIO International Convention

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, May 07, 2008) - Major global issues, such as sustainable agriculture, industry stewardship and genetically engineered animals, will be key topics of discussion at the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) 2008 International Convention.

Hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the 2008 BIO International Convention will take place Tuesday, June 17 through Friday, June 20, 2008 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

“In light of the recent food shortage and growing concern about the future of our climate and our planet, the food and agriculture track at this year’s BIO International Convention is especially timely,” said Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, executive vice president for Food and Agriculture at BIO.  “These sessions are always popular, but we believe they will be a particularly large draw for attendees this year. The sessions provide a great opportunity for the industry’s leadership to come together to discuss solutions for these national and international challenges.”

Food and agriculture sessions titles include:

  • Sustainable Agriculture in Africa
  • Biotech Crops in Centers of Origin: The Case of Corn and Mexico
  • Agbiotech in Asia: How Biotech Cotton Changed and Biotech Rice Will Change the Face of Agriculture in India and China
  • Commercializing Genetically Engineered Food Animals
  • Global Stewardship Practices
  • Growing Solutions to Climate Challenges: How Agricultural Biotechnology Can Help Crops Flourish With Less Water

Registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the news media. To register, please visit www.bio2008.org/mediaregistration.  Reporters and editors working full-time for print, broadcast, and online news organizations may register onsite with valid media credentials. All freelancers, college and online publications are strongly encouraged to register in advance by Wednesday, June 4, 2008.

Registration for attendees is offered at an early-bird discount of up to 40 percent off the regular rate until May 8, 2008. Online registration is available at www.bio2008.org/register.

The BIO International Convention helps to support the association’s programs and initiatives. BIO works throughout the year to create a policy environment that enables the industry to continue to fulfill its vision of bettering the world through biotechnology innovation.  For more information on the global event for biotechnology, including program, registration, and housing information, please visit www.bio2008.org.  Also, check out our events blog at www.bioontheroad.org. 

About BIO

BIO represents more than 1,200 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.

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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.