Environmental, Industrial and Agricultural Applications Of Biotechnology Featured At BIO 2000

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 1, 2000) In addition to health care, biotechnology's impact on the environment, industrial manufacturing and agriculture will be explored at BIO 2000 in Boston, March 26-30.

BIO 2000 is the annual International Meeting & Exhibition of the Biotechnology Industry Organization. More than 7,000 company executives, scientists, investment experts and government officials from 40 nations are expected to attend the five-day conference at Boston's Hynes Convention Center. More than 600 speakers will participate in 200 symposia and sessions on the latest developments in science, business and public policy.

In the area of industrial manufacturing, presentations Monday, March 27, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., will explore the application of biotechnology in making the production of goods, such as paper and plastics, cleaner and less reliant on non-renewable resources.

Among the programs in agricultural biotechnology is asymposium Tuesday, March 28, 8 a.m. to noon titled Consumers Market for Value-Added Biotech Foods, speakers for the program include Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack.

Another presentation, Wednesday, March 29, 10:30 a.m. to noon, will examine regulation of agricultural biotechnology in the United States and around the world. Speakers include Michael Dunn, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's undersecretary of agricultural marketing and regulatory programs.

In another symposium Monday, from 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.,experts will discuss a range of ecological, ethical and scientific issues involved in applying biotechnology to forestry and agriculture.


BIO 2000 also will feature well-known speakers with ties tobiotechnology, including Christopher Reeve, paralyzed five years ago from a fall in an equestrian competition; U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass Peter Lynch, vice chairman of Fidelity Management and Research Co.; and David Lander, a multiple sclerosis patient who played Squiggy on the Laverne and Shirley television sitcom.


A full program of conference activities is posted on BIO's website ( in the BIO 2000 News Room. Look here also for selected highlights, featured speakers, contacts, a schedule of press conferences, pressroom hours and other news. Pre-registration also is available through this site.

Registration is complimentary for credentialed press. Free-lancers must provide names of news organizations and editors who assigned them to cover the conference. Members of the press can register on-site in the pressroom at the Hynes Convention Center any day of the conference.

BIO represents more than 900 companies, academic institutionsand state biotech centers in 47 states and 26 nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of health-care, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.