BIO Debuts Livestock Biotech Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Thursday, January 28, 2010) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today its newest conference, the Livestock Biotech Summit, scheduled for September 28-30, 2010, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Focused on “Developing global solutions through animal biotechnology”, the conference will include workshops on the use and care of animals in research as well as the latest applications and benefits of genetically engineered animals.

“This is the first time we’ve done a conference like this,” said Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, executive vice president of Food and Agriculture at BIO, “With all the recent advances in both biomedical and food applications, there is no better time than now to hold this important event.” 

During three days of cross cutting discussions among industry, academic and government leaders, topics such as the regulatory process for genetically engineered (GE) animals and public and private funding opportunities will be covered.  Expert panels will focus on the science and benefits of GE agricultural animals for both food and biomedical applications as well as the regulatory hurdles and other challenges to advancing the technology.

The first day and a half of the conference includes a workshop by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC 101) and an interactive program and presentation on the newly revised Ag Guide. The last half of the conference switches to lively sessions around such topics as real life case studies of products weaving their way through the regulatory process and funding opportunities for animal biotechnology research.

Additional information on multi-level sponsorship opportunities and program details can be found at
All programs at the Livestock Biotech Summit are open to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters working full time for print, broadcast or web publications with valid press credentials. Valid press credentials include:
• Official photo identification from employing news agency
• A by-lined story from employing news agency dated within the last six months
• A publication masthead listing you as an editorial contributor.  Freelance journalists may also apply for complimentary media registration, but must present:
    - A signed letter on company letterhead from your assignment editor confirming your assignment to cover the event
    - A by-lined story dated within the last six months

**Web-based, college, and freelance reporters are strongly encouraged to register in advance. Please note that marketing executives, sales representatives, public relations executives, analysts, consultants, authors, and researchers may not register as media.

BIO is pleased to acknowledge the support provided by the Livestock Biotech Summit sponsors, which include:
AAALAC International
Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Animal Care – USDA
Hematech, Inc.
Office of Lab Animal Welfare (OLAW) – National Institutes of Health
South Dakota State University
Trans Ova Genetics
University of Illinois
ViaGen, Inc.

Upcoming BIO Events

12th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference
February 8-9, 2010
New York, NY

9th Annual BIO Windhover & Pharmaceutical Strategic Outlook
February 23-25, 2010
New York City, NY


BIO-Europe Spring
March 8-10, 2010
Barcelona, Spain

BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Spring Conference and Committee Meeting
April 19-21, 2010
New Orleans, LA 

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’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.