Massachusetts Governor Patrick and Former Florida Governor Bush To Discuss Biotechnology Innovation and Development At 2008 BIO International Convention

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Monday, May 05, 2008) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced that Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA) and Former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) will discuss Biotechnology: The Role of Government in Facilitating Research and Discovery in 2009 and Beyond at the 2008 BIO International Convention. The keynote discussion will take place Tuesday, June 17, at 11:45 a.m. in the San Diego Convention Center. 

“Governors Bush and Patrick both have been successful in creating policies and business climates that helped position their states as leaders in biotech innovation and discovery,” said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood.  “We are proud to add this marquee event to our convention’s schedule.”

 Neil Cavuto, anchor of Fox Network’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” will facilitate the discussion, focusing on what government can do to foster innovation and growth in the life science industry. The discussion will also investigate what will be required of the new administration and our national leaders to foster biotech innovation and discovery, not only in the U.S. but also in the ever expanding and changing global marketplace.

                Registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the news media. To register, please visit Reporters and editors working full-time for print, broadcast, and online news organizations may register onsite with valid media credentials. All freelancers, college and online publications are strongly encouraged to register in advance by Wednesday, June 4, 2008.

                Registration for attendees is offered at an early-bird discounted rate until May 8, 2008. Online registration is available at
The BIO International Convention helps to support the association’s programs and initiatives. BIO works throughout the year to create a policy environment that enables the industry to continue to fulfill its vision of bettering the world through biotechnology innovation. For more information on the global event for biotechnology, including program, registration, and housing information, please visit

Upcoming BIO Events

     BIO International Convention
     June 17-20, 2008
     San Diego, CA

   Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
    Sept. 10-12, 2008
    Vancouver, BC


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.