Thirteen Governors Confirmed to Attend BIO 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 24, 2006) – More than a dozen Governors are expected to attend BIO 2006, the world’s largest biotechnology convention, in Chicago from April 9th – 12th.

“The number of Governors who attend BIO’s annual international conferences demonstrates that states realize the great potential of the biotechnology industry to generate economic development and to improve the quality of life,” stated BIO President Jim Greenwood.

Confirmed Governors include Host Governor Rod Blagojevich (IL), Bob Riley (AL), Jeb Bush (FL), Mitch Daniels (IN), Kathleen Sebelius (KS), Ernie Fletcher (KY), Mitt Romney (MA), Jennifer Granholm (MI), Tim Pawlenty (MN), Matt Blunt (MO), Bob Taft (OH), Anibal Acevedo-Vila (PR), and Jim Doyle (WI).

The Governors will participate in various functions at the conference, from press conferences to the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the Exhibit Hall.

In addition to promoting biotechnology in their states at their state pavilions, many Governors will host official state receptions on Monday, April 10th. For example, Ohio Governor Bob Taft will mingle with guests at the “Ohio Night at BIO” reception at Joe’s BeBop & Jazz Emporium on Navy Pier. On Tuesday, April 11th, Governor Taft will visit the Ohio pavilion from 10-11 a.m. to meet with the state’s biotechnology leaders and others interested in doing business in Ohio.

Governor Rod Blagojevich will welcome conference attendees to Illinois at the plenary breakfast on Monday, April 10th.

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 healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.