BIO 2003 to Feature Panel on Biotechnology and the Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 28, 2003)—The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced a Biojudiciary Project Roundtable for the BIO 2003 convention, June 21-25, featuring experts in the fields of law, media and government at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The event, entitled “Biotechnology: Where the Science Meets the Law” will feature a discussion on the scientific, legal and ethical information needed by the courts to help them separate science fact from science fiction.

“Biotechnology is a fast-paced industry discovering new science every day and we have to examine how the courts can transition along with the modern day technologies,” said Lila Feisee, BIO’s director of intellectual property. “The biotech industry must work with the judicial system to ensure that legal professionals and the public have access to the most current science available.”

“The Bio Judiciary Project provides a unique opportunity for the entire biotechnology community to come together and create a resource of first resort for the judiciary and others focused on the intersection of science and the law,” said Leslie Platt, Ernst & Young LLP principal and Project co-chair. “The Roundtable is part of an ongoing series exploring biotechnology legal and ethical issues that we hear about daily in the news.”

The Project’s Web site is located at

What: Biojudiciary Project Roundtable—Biotechnology: Where the Science meets the Law

When: Monday, June 23, 2003
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

D.A. Henderson, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D., CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science

The Hon. Paul R. Michel, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Joe Palca, Ph.D., Correspondent, Science Desk, National Public Radio

The Hon. Randall R. Rader, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

The Hon. James Rogan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Karen H. Rothenberg, J.D., M.P.A., Dean, University of Maryland School of Law

G. Terry Sharrer, Ph.D., curator, Divison of Science, Medicine and Society, National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution

Registration for BIO 2003 is complimentary for credentialed news media. To register for the conference, please visit Only reporters and editors working full-time for print or broadcast news organizations may register on-site with valid media credentials. Reporters are urged to register for the conference as soon as possible.

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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