Former President Bill Clinton to Speak at BIO 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 1, 2006) -- The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is pleased to announce that the Former President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, will deliver a plenary address in Chicago at BIO 2006, the world's largest biotechnology convention.

“We are honored that President Clinton will address the delegates who come from across the globe to our conference. President Clinton is a tireless advocate for many of the challenging issues that face mankind such as global health, and ending poverty and hunger in developing nations,” said Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

BIO 2006 will also feature 150 educational sessions across 24 tracks of programming, including policy, business development and finance, drug development, food and agriculture, industrial and environment, and regulatory affairs. The event also encompasses an international marketplace, more than 160,000 square feet of exhibit space, a series of dazzling receptions at Chicago landmarks, including the Field Museum, and a BIO TV Studio and media center, complete with two press conference rooms.

BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and 31 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

Registration: Online registration for conference attendees is available at, or you may register on site.

Advance Media Registration: Advance registration is required for freelance journalists, college publications and Web-based publications. Advance registration closes Friday, March 31, 2006 at 5:00 PM EST.

On-site Registration: Only reporters and editors working full-time for print, or broadcast news organizations may register on-site with valid, current media credentials (i.e. official picture identification from the employing news organization). Without proper, approved credentials, on-site media registration will be denied. Freelance journalists, college publications and Web-based publications may not register on-site at the conference. BIO reserves the right to limit the number of admission approvals from the same publication or news outlet.