2010 BIO International Convention Highlights Key Policy Issues For Biotechnology

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, April 27, 2010) The 2010 BIO International Convention will feature high-level industry leaders discussing public policy issues of critical importance to all segments of the biotechnology industry, including health and medicine, food and agriculture, industry and environment and emerging companies.  Hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the Convention will be held May 3-6, 2010 in Chicago, Ill. at McCormick Place.

The biotechnology community will be directly impacted by the key policy debates occurring around the world.  Policy makers worldwide are debating critical issues related to health care, patents, intellectual property, sustainability, job creation and energy.  The outcome of these debates will have a profound impact on our industry and our ability to continue to innovate” said Jim Greenwood, BIO’s President and CEO.  “This year’s program showcases the impact of recent public policy decisions on our industry and the opportunities and challenges for biotechnology as we move forward.” 

During the breakout sessions, government officials, researchers, academics and high-level company executives will share their insights on topics including the 111th Congress, next steps in health care reform, patent reform and sustainability.  These panels are spread across several tracks, including Legal & Intellectual Property, Impact on Policy in Biobusiness and Achieving Regulatory Approval.


A sample of the breakout sessions include:


Follow-on Biologics: The Proposed Legislation and its Impact on Your Patent Portfolio

Monday, May 3, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Speakers include: Sanya Sukduang, Esq, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP; Bruce Leicher, Esq, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Brian Barrett, Esq, Eli Lilly and Company


Patenting Genes: In Search of Calmer Waters

Tuesday, May 4, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Speakers include: Jennifer Gordon, Baker Botts, LLP; John Whealan, The George Washington University Law School; Randall Rader, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; Robert Cook Deegan, MD, Duke University; Annabelle Bennett, Federal Court of Australia


One Year Later: Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Government Role

Tuesday, May 4, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Speakers include: Daniel Todd, EMD Serono, Inc.


The 111th Congress: What Happened in the 1st Session and What’s to Come

Wednesday, May 5, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Speakers include: Barrett Thornhill, Foley Hoag, LLP; Brent Del Monte, Biotechnology Industry Organization; David Nichols, EMD Serono, Inc.; David Boyer, PhRMA - Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America


Legal Barriers & Sustainability Opportunities for Food, Feed and Energy Feedstocks

Wednesday, May 5, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Speakers include: Thomas Redick, Esq., Global Environmental Ethics Counsel; Nancy Bryson, Esq., Holland & Hart LLP; Ronald G. Moore, BA, American Soybean Association and Moore Family Farms; Matt Rudolf, Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels


For detailed descriptions and a full program, please visit  Members of the media can register at


The annual 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. 



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Upcoming BIO Events

Partnering for Global Health
May 3, 2010
Chicago, IL
McCormick Place Convention Center

BIO International Convention
May 3-6, 2010
Chicago, IL
McCormick Place Convention Center

2010 BIO Human Resources Conference
May 4-7, 2010
Chicago, IL 

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing
June 27-30, 2010
Washington, DC

BIO India
September 21 - 22, 2010
Hyderabad, India


BIO’s Livestock Biotechnology Summit
September 28-30, 2010,
Sioux Falls, SD

 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.