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BIO Press Release: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to Present a Keynote Address at 2011 BIO International Convention

January 31, 2011
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to Present a Keynote Address at 2011 BIO International Convention


Convention to take place June 27-30, 2011 in Washington, DC


WASHINGTON, D.C. – (January 31, 2011) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will participate in a keynote presentation at the 2011 BIO International Convention.  BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood will host an “Interview with Tony Blair” during the keynote luncheon on Tuesday June 28, 2011. 

Hosted by BIO, the global event for biotechnology will take place June 27-30, 2011 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.

“Mr. Blair is highly-regarded throughout the international community and we look forward to hearing his unique perspective on our industry at the 2011 BIO International Convention, the Global Event for Biotechnology,” said Greenwood.  “Mr. Blair’s vast experience as a global leader will provide our audience with helpful and inspirational insights as we continue our industry’s global mission to heal, fuel and feed the world.”

Mr. Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from May 1997 through June 2007.  He was also the leader of Britain's Labour Party (1994 to 2007) and the Member of Parliament for Sedgefield, England (1983 to 2007).

Following his term as Prime Minister, Mr. Blair served as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East. He represents the USA, UN, Russia and the EU, working with the Palestinians to prepare for statehood as part of the international community's effort to secure peace.  He also launched the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to promote respect and understanding of and between the major religions and to make the case for faith as a force for good in the modern world.   He continues to be an advocate on the issues he cares about such as Africa and climate change.

Tuesday’s keynote luncheon is sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.
The 2011 BIO International Convention is expected to draw more than 15,000 industry leaders from 49 states and 65 countries.  This year, the Convention program will feature more than 125 sessions in 14 tracks.  In addition, this year’s BIO Exhibition will cover an estimated 180,000 net sq. ft. and host more than 1,700 exhibitors.

The BIO International Convention also includes the BIO Business Forum, which offers attendees an unparalleled opportunity for large and small biotech companies to gather in one place, at one time to engage in partnering discussions. The ability to schedule up to 80 one-on-one meetings within just a few short days with biotech leaders from around the world enables companies to maximize their ROI for the registration and travel investment for this event. In 2010, the BIO Business Forum hosted more than 17,000 partnering meetings with more than 2,000 companies participating.

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 additional attendee and exhibitor information, please visit

About BIO

BIO represents more than 1,100 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. BIO produces BIOtech Now, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling “innovations transforming our world.” Subscribe to BIOtech Now.

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