BioDreaming: Express Through Art What Biotechnology Means To You

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Biotechnology Institute launches the first annual BioDreaming Poster Contest for all students in grades K-12.

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– The Biotechnology Institute, an independent, national nonprofit educational organization, launches the first annual BioDreaming Poster Contest for students in grades K-12. Partial funding for the competition is provided by Nektar Therapeutics, (NKTR) a pioneer and leader in advanced drug delivery technologies that enable highly differentiated products. The contest offers students the opportunity to showcase, and be recognized, for their artistic talents in expressing what biotechnology means to them. The winner will have their work published in Your World, a nationally distributed magazine. The top 12 winners will have their work displayed at the Institute’s booth at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Convention, in San Francisco, June 6-9, 2004. Divisional winners’ work will be displayed on the Institute’s website.

Kathy Frame, Vice President for Educational Programs at the Biotechnology Institute, states: “This is an exceptional opportunity for students to display their artistic talents to increase the understanding of what biotechnology is. Winners will receive national and international recognition through Your World magazine, the BIO convention in San Francisco, and the Institute’s website.”

The BioDreaming Poster Contest is free to enter. Posters are grouped in four grade categories. All posters will be judged based upon; message clarity, adherence to theme, creativity, originality, artistic quality, and visual clarity.

To be eligible, BioDreaming Poster Contest entries must be received postmarked no later than April 30, 2004. Winners will be notified via email.

For more information and to apply to the BioDreaming Poster Contest, please visit the Biotechnology Institute’s website at http://www.biotechinstitute.org, or call 703.248.8681.

The Biotechnology Institute (http://www.biotechinstitute.org) was founded in 1998, as an independent, national nonprofit organization, dedicated to education about the present and future impact of biotechnology. Its mission is to engage, excite and educate as many people as possible, particularly young people, about biotechnology and its immense potential for solving human health, food and environmental problems.

Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) (http://www.nektar.com) (formerly Inhale Therapeutic Systems, Shearwater, and Bradford Particle Design) is a pioneer and leader in advanced drug delivery technologies that enable highly differentiated products. Our goal is to help our pharmaceutical and biotechnology partners realize the full potential of their molecules by solving complex development challenges to create breakthrough therapeutics, extend product franchises, and fuel product pipelines.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Kathy Frame

Biotechnology Institute

703.248.8681

703.248.8687

pr@biotechinstitute.org

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