Leadership was certainly the theme today in San Diego at day three of the 2008 BIO International Convention. Political, business and science leaders shared their insights on the innovation that BIO has demonstrated to its attendees over the past three days. The global event for biotechnology runs through Friday, June 20.

Highlights from today include:

  • Keynote Speakers:
    • Gov. Sonny Perdue (Ga.) highlighted Georgia™s biotech initiatives and successes and he said he looked forward to having everyone in Atlanta next year for the 2009 BIO International Convention, May 18-21.
    • James C. Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, discussed BIO™s vision for innovation: healing, fueling and feeding the world. When speaking about what draws attendees from around the world to the Convention, he noted, We gather here because we share a single vision “ a single ennobling purpose. We believe that biotechnology will transform the world.
    • General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) discussed leadership as a whole, highlighted his career in the U.S Army, serving as U.S Secretary of State, his role as a husband and father. Gen. Powell discussed how leadership is what changes people “ and how we can change the world.
  • Super Sessions:
    • The dynamics of a globalized world and the future of the biotechnology industry presented by Jim Mullen, President and CEO of Biogen Idec, Inc; Lino Baranao, Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation for the Gov. of Argentina; and Suwit Khunkitti, Deputy Prime Minister, Office of the Prime Minister of the Gov. of Thailand, discussed the evolving global business landscape and how their governments are responding to the new 21st Century business market.
    • Accelerating the identification and development of biomarkers for human health through public-private partnerships presented by Thomas Insel, Director, National Institute of Mental Health; Gary Neil, M.D., Corporate Vice President of Johnson & Johnson; Irene Norstedt, PhD, Head of Sector Innovative Medicines; and Shav™ree Buckman Deputy Director, Office Translational Science, presented information on public and private partnerships in biomarkers underway in the U.S. and Europe.
    • The promise and progress of the biomarkers consortium presented by Jeff Evelhoch, PhD, Executive Director of Medical Sciences for Amgen; Jor Gray, PhD, Associate Laboratory Director, Bioscience for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and Gary Kelloff, M.D., Special Advisor of Cancer Imaging Program for the National Cancer Institute, presented information on the specific strategies and progress of the Consortium in addressing cancer biomarkers.

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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 www.bio2008.org.

Check out BIO™s events blog at www.bioontheroad.org and listen to podcasts on the convention at www.biotech-now.org.

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.

Upcoming BIO Events

2008 BIO International Convention

June 17-20, 2008
San Diego, Calif.

Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy

Sept. 10-12, 2008
Vancouver, BC

BIO Investor Forum 2008

October 29-31, 2008
San Francisco, CA

BIO-Europe 2008

November 17-19, 2008
Mannheim/Heidelberg, Germany

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
Tracy Krughoff, 202-312-9274