MEDIA ADVISORY: Mayor Murphy, Biotech Leaders, Local Patients to Kick Off BIO 2001 Conference

WHEN: 12 Noon, Thursday, June 21, 2001

WHAT: San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy will join biotechnology leaders to kick off the BIO 2001 International Biotechnology Convention & Exhibition, to be held Sunday, June 24, through Wednesday, June 27, at the San Diego Convention Center. Results of the first region-wide census of San Diego’‘s biotechnology community will also be presented.

Also attending the news conference to show their support for the work being done by San Diego’‘s biotechnology community will be three San Diegans who are living with serious illness.

WHO: San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy
Tina S. Nova, Ph.D., BIOCOM/san diego Chair, and CEO of Genoptix, Inc.
Joseph Panetta, President and CEO, BIOCOM/san diego
David Robinson, National Chairman of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and Chairman, President and CEO of Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
CEO of Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Carl Feldbaum, President, BIO
Duane Roth, Chairman of the BIO 2001 Host Committee, and Chairman and CEO of Alliance Pharmaceuticals
Mathew D. Linnik, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Research, La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co.
Gary Friedman, Vice President, Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Patrick Shea, Chairman, Convention Center Corp. Board of Directors

Patients: Dani Grady, cancer survivor

Jon S., patient living with HIV

Larry Munroe, patient living with lupus

Larry Kincaid, patient living with a rare form of non-Hodgkin’‘s lymphoma

WHERE: Executive Board Room, San Diego Convention Center Administrative Offices (Enter West End glass doors; Marriott side.)

BIO represents more than 950 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations in all 50 U.S. states and 33 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of health-care, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.