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BIO 2002 Hosts Global Biotechnology Forum

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 29, 2002) – A Global Biotechnology Forum will be held on Sunday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario as part of the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) annual meeting, BIO 2002.

The forum will bring together corporate leaders and international policy makers to
discuss how strategic policy initiatives can increase awareness and acceptance of biotechnology and of its economic benefits. Issues to be discussed include intellectual property, regulatory frameworks and ethics.

Speakers at the Global Biotechnology Forum will include:
· Dr. Patrick Moore, a founding member and former president of Greenpeace
· Allan Rock, minister of industry for Canada
· Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton
· Reinhard Junker, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
· Philippe Pouletty, M.D., from France Biotech
· Lord Sainsbury of Turville, the United Kingdom’s minister for science and innovation
· Dr. Luzius Wasescha, ambassador and state secretariat for economic affairs for Switzerland
· Pete Hodgson, New Zealand’s minister of research, science and technology
· Kerri Hartland, Biotechnology Australia
· Richard Lenehan, senior vice president of the Irish Biotechnology Strategy Development Group for Enterprise Ireland

BIO 2002 is the world’s largest biotechnology gathering, with more than 14,000 industry leaders expected to attend. The conference will feature six plenary events and more than 150 sessions and symposia, with 800 speakers covering 18 program tracks.

BIO 2002 registration for approved, credentialed media is complimentary and
available on-site. For more information, please visit www.bio.org.

BIO represents more than 1,000 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations in all 50 U.S. states and 33 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of health-care, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

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