BIO 2001 “Partnering For Life” Preliminary Program Available

Reporters urged to register now!

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 13, 2001) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced that the preliminary program for the BIO 2001 International Biotechnology Convention & Exhibition is available on its web site at The conference will be held June 24-27 at the San Diego Convention Center.

More than 12,000 biotech industry leaders and executives from around the world are expected to gather, showcasing the latest advances in health care, agriculture, industrial manufacturing and environmental management. The world’s largest and best biotechnology event offers three days of business development and science sessions, incomparable networking opportunities, and more than 750 exhibitors.

“We are very proud of how this event is progressing,” said BIO President Carl B. Feldbaum. “We have gathered sponsors from both the life science and information technology industries, exemplifying their current and future convergence. We are also partnering with biotech companies in the southern California community for our first HealthFest, an event designed to bring the public together with the growing world of biotechnology.”

San Diego has the third-largest concentration of life science companies in the United States, home to leaders in genomic research and developing drugs, diagnostics and medical devices. San Diego’s perfect climate is bolstered by six technology clusters--bioscience, communications, information technology, defense and space, recreational goods, software and the Internet--with the convergence of several of these industries, San Diego is emerging as one of the most exciting, entrepreneurial cities in the world.

The HealthFest will be held on Sunday, June 24, at San Diego’s Embarcadero Park and is open to the public. Admission is free. For more information on BIO 2001 and program updates, visit BIO’s Web site,

BIO 2001 will have 16 program tracks with panels ranging from “Creative Partnering Models for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Companies” to “E-Solutions for the Life Science Industry.” Each program track will contain three full days of panel presentations; most will conclude with a three-hour symposium.

The range of topics to be discussed in the symposia and sessions include: business development, clinical/regulatory, communication, converging sciences, device/diagnostics/drug delivery, doing business globally, food and agriculture, finance, industrial and environmental, intellectual property/legal policy and ethics, product development/manufacturing, and sales/marketing

The title sponsors this year include The State of California, and the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency, Agilent Technologies, California Manufacturing Technology Center and Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence, the City of Pasadena, Employment Training Panel, PG&E, SAIC and Team California.

BIO represents more than 950 biotechnology companies, academic institutions and biotech centers in all 50 states and 33 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of health-care, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the news media. Advance registration, which ends June 1, 2001, is recommended for all reporters and editors. It is required for freelance journalists.

To register, go to the BIO 2001 section in Events on BIO’s Web site ( Enter “Registration” and click on “Press Registration.” Information about hotel room discounts is available in “Housing & Travel.”

Reporters and editors working full-time for print, broadcast or Internet news organizations must present picture identification from their employers when they check in at the conference. Onsite registration for these journalists will be available.

Freelance journalists must register in advance of the conference to receive free admission. In addition to filling out the registration form on BIO’s Web site, freelancers must mail in a letter from the editor of the news organization that assigned them to cover the conference. The letter should be on the news organization’s stationery. Please send the letter to: Carrie Housman, Biotechnology Industry Organization, 1625 K Street NW Suite 1100, Washington, D.C. 20006. Freelancers will have to present a copy of the letter with picture identification when checking in at the conference.

Without proper, approved credentials media registration will be denied.