BioSouthwest 2006: Transforming Research Visions into Business Realities Comprehensive Bioindustry and Business Conference in Tucson April 3 & 4

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BioSouthwest 2006, third of a bi-annual series of conferences organized by the Bio-Industry Organization of Southern Arizona (BIO-SA), will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tucson, Arizona on April 3 and 4.

BioSouthwest 2006, third of a bi-annual series of conferences organized by the Bio-Industry Organization of Southern Arizona (BIO-SA), will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tucson, Arizona on April 3 and 4. Considered one of the Southwest's most comprehensive biotech events, this year's program is two-pronged to better nurture the convergence of science and business. The business-track sessions have been designed to provide young and maturing bioscience companies with exposure to all of the resources needed for their maximal growth. A strong set of scientific sessions will offer insights into current and future research topics of the 21st century. Additional information about the program can be seen at http://www.bio-sa.org

Two keynotes echo the program's dual concentrations on business and science. The opening keynote by Venture Capitalist G. Steven Burrill of Burrill & Company in San Francisco is a world-class opportunity for the Southwest biotech community to learn about and meet one of the biotech world's key financial leaders. The midday Plenary Address by Dr. Vicki Chandler, Director of the BIO5 Institute, will provide a vision of multidisciplinary biological research yielding tangible benefits. A goal of BIO5 (http://bio5.org/) is to link researchers and the private sector to deliver benefits to the community. She is a distinguished Regents’ Professor and member of the National Academy of Sciences, a winner of the NIH Director’s Pioneer award and celebrated investigator of the genetics of maize.

Dr. David Thorpe, BIO-SA Chair & BioSouthwest Project Manager, said “We are excited about the excellent program and the unprecedented networking opportunities this event will provide to members of our local biotech cluster as well as to attendees we will draw from outside the region. BIO-SA strives to help establish the connections needed to translate research visions into business realities for our community. We know that cohesive communities are critical to vibrant high-tech economies, and our meeting will help people to make connections between scientific and business communities. BioSouthwest should help improve human lives by enabling the transformation of scientific ideas into realities.”

ABOUT BIO-SA:

The BioIndustry Organization of Southern Arizona (BIO-SA) is committed to promoting bioindustry in the region through community building and business enablement. The BIO-SA cluster works to ensure that the ingredients required for further expansion of the area's bioindustry sector are in place. The BIO-SA cluster is comprised of members from large and small companies, higher education and research institutions, and individuals interested in the development of a strong bioindustry in Southern Arizona. See http://www.bio-sa.org for additional information.

BioSouthwest 2006 and BIO-SA CONTACT:

David Thorpe, MD PhD

Chair, BIOSA

Dept. of Discovery Biology

Sanofi-Aventis Combinatorial Technologies Center

Telephone: (520) 544 - 5842

FAX: (520) 575 - 8283

MEDIA CONTACT:

Sandra Kay Helsel, Ph.D.

SK Helsel & Associates

http://www.skhelsel.com

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