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HHS Secretary Leavitt Scheduled to Speak at BIO 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 3, 2006) – Mike Leavitt, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is scheduled to deliver a plenary address at BIO 2006 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Secretary Leavitt will speak Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at the breakfast plenary, scheduled from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. CDT.

Secretary Leavitt has served as Secretary since January 2005, and leads national efforts to protect the health of all Americans, as well as provides essential human services. Prior to his appointment as secretary, Leavitt served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as was elected to three terms as Governor of Utah. The Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for more than 67,000 employees, a 2007 budget of $698 billion, and more than 300 research, health and social programs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are also part of HHS.

Advance media registration for BIO 2006 is now available online. Registration is complimentary for credential members of the news media. To register, please visit http://www.bio.org/events/2006/reg/. Only reporters and editors working full-time for print or broadcast news organizations may register onsite with valid media credentials. All freelancers and online publications must register in advance by Friday, March 31, 2006.

BIO 2006, the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s annual convention is April 9-12, 2006 in Chicago at McCormick Place. The convention is expected to draw 18,000 CEOs, researchers, policymakers, journalists, and venture capitalists for three days of networking and learning. BIO 2006 will feature more than 180 educational sessions and workshops on finance, partnering, R&D, science and policy.

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 health-care, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

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