Mount Everest Climber, Naomi Judd and Biotech Pioneers Among Featured Speakers at BIO 2001

Washington, D.C. (June 11, 2001) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) annual international conference and exhibition will feature a diverse group of speakers for its large plenary sessions in the San Diego Convention Center June 25-27, including country music star Naomi Judd, NASA Administrator Dan Goldin and Mount Everest climber Alan Hobson.

In addition to addressing conference attendees, Goldin will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with BIO President Carl B. Feldbaum to expand cooperative science programs aboard the International Space Station. Six-time Grammy Award winner Naomi Judd joins other patients who have benefited from biotechnology drugs – she suffered from hepatitis C. Alan Hobson climbed Mount Everest three times in addition to having been diagnosed with leukemia and treated with therapies developed through biotechnology.

Also speaking are the recipients of the 2001 Biotechnology Heritage Award, Dr. Francis Collins of the National Human Genome Research Institute and Dr. J. Craig Venter of Celera Genomics Corporation. Both scientists managed research efforts that led to the mapping of the human genome – one the greatest achievements in scientific history.

BIO 2001 Plenary Sessions will also feature noted San Diego-based economist Art Laffer, inventor of the famous “Laffer Curve,” Vernon Ellis, international chairman of Accenture, and Michael Jackson, head of international discovery at Johnson & Johnson.

Monday, June 25 – Breakfast Plenary -- 7–8:00 a.m.

- Dylan Coburn Glenn, special assistant to the President for Economic Policy

- President George W. Bush (via videotape)

Luncheon Plenary -- 12–1:45 p.m.

- Carl B. Feldbaum, president, Biotechnology Industry Organization

- Dan Goldin, NASA administrator

- BIO GENEius Awards to outstanding high school biosciences students

Tuesday, June 26 -- Breakfast Plenary -- 7–8:00 a.m.

- Vernon Ellis, international chairman, Accenture

- Michael Jackson, global discovery, Johnson & Johnson

Luncheon Plenary -- 12–1:45 p.m.

- Art Laffer, economist

Wednesday, June 27 – Breakfast Plenary -- 7–8:00 a.m.

- Francis Collins, director, National Human Genome Research Institute and recipient of Biotechnology Heritage Award

- J. Craig Venter, president and chief scientific officer, Celera Genomics Corporation and recipient of Biotechnology Heritage Award

- Paul Hanle, Biotechnology Institute

- Arnold Thackray, Chemical Heritage Foundation

Luncheon Plenary -- 12–1:45 p.m.

- Alan Hobson, Mt. Everest climber

- Naomi Judd, entertainer

Media Alert: Advance media registration closed June 1. Onsite registration is available for media with appropriate press credentials. For more information, contact Carrie Housman at (202) 962-9200,

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.