Former Secretary of Health and Human Services to Lead Panel at 2012 BIO International Convention

<em>Panel Calls for the Urgent Need to Better Fuel the Biotechnology Pipeline with a Diverse Workforce&nbsp;</em></p>

WASHINGTON, DC – (June 14, 2012) – Thought leaders of industry, education, and government will gather to discuss fostering and recruiting a more diverse workforce in the biotechnology industry at the Diversity Summit, a special program on Monday, June 18 at 3:00 p.m. The event will be featured at the 2012 BIO International Convention, the global event for biotechnology, taking place June 18-21, 2012 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, MA.

The 2012 Diversity Summit – Fueling our Industry Pipeline: An Eye on Education will consist of a panel of experts discussing the importance of recruiting and fostering a diverse workforce in the biotechnology field.

“Minority citizens, including Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans have not enjoyed the fullest opportunity to contribute to, and benefit from, our robust array of national and international activities, including the sciences and the health professions,”  said Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, Former Secretary of Health and Human Services, President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine. “A more diverse scientific workforce, racially and ethnically, will help to insure that the full potential of talent for discovery and innovation in America will be developed, strengthening our scientific disciplines and enhancing discovery, leading to greater economic prosperity and to healthier lives for Americans and others around the world.”

With this in mind, the Diversity Summit panel will discuss these issues, examine where we are today and propose strategies for improvement.


  • Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, Former Secretary of Health and Human Services, President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine


  • Dr. Brandi Kaye Freeman, Pediatric Fellow, Trustee to the Board of Trustees of the National Medical Association, Chairperson of the Post-Graduate Physician Scientific Section 

  • Dr. Norbert G. Riedel, Corporate Vice President, Chief Science and Innovation Officer of Baxter International Inc.

  • Dr. Eugene M. DeLoatch, Dean and Full Professor of the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering, Morgan State University

Members of the academic community, industry representatives, government leaders and patient advocates should plan to attend this can’t miss special program.

The BIO International Convention will highlight the latest trends and the newest opportunities for executives, investors, scientists, policy leaders, and media from around the world. Speakers at the sessions will share breakthroughs in medicine, diagnostics, the environment, energy production, business operations, financing, partnerships, policy issues and food and agriculture. Visit for the most up-to-date program and speaker information.

The Convention also features the BIO Business Forum, a unique platform for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, academic research institutions, and investors from around the world to gather and discuss strategic opportunities. For registration, conference agenda and exhibitor information, visit 2012 BIO International Convention.

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