BIO Announces Andrew Young to Give Leadership Summit Keynote

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, April 21, 2009) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today that Andrew Young, Jr., Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will present the keynote address at the Leadership Summit on Food and Fuel Sustainability at the 2009 BIO International Convention.

The Summit, scheduled for Monday, May 18 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, will discuss how population growth and global climate change affect the demands for food and fuel, and how biotechnology is helping to meet those growing demands.

Andrew Young, an ordained minister and renowned civil rights leader, served as Congressman from Georgia’s 5th district from 1972 to 1976. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed Young to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the first African-American to serve in the position. In 1981, Young was elected mayor of Atlanta, and brought in $70 billion of new private investment, including the 1996 Olympic Games.

Young continues to foster economic development in the developing world as a business consultant and as chairman of the Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund and co-chairman of GoodWorks International.  At the Summit, Young will speak on “Why Sustainability is Fundamental to Business Development.”

“The sustainable production of food and fuel are becoming increasingly important as our global population continues to grow,” said Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO. “This educational summit brings together agriculture, energy, environmental, business and policy experts from around the world to discuss how we are meeting these pressing challenges through biotechnology.”

Sustainability is increasingly the benchmark by which consumers, investors, and governments evaluate products and technologies. The twin challenges of population growth and global climate change require truly sustainable solutions to increasing demands for food and fuel. This special session considers the unique challenges of sustainability in the 21st century and the tools and solutions that modern biotechnology has to offer.

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BIO-LES Business Development Basics Course
May 15–17, 2009
Atlanta, GA  


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BIO Executive Presentation Workshop
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BIO Human Resources Conference
May 17-19, 2009
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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.