First Annual BIOTEC Conference to Educate International Audience on Czech Biotech and Medical Research Capabilities

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BIOTEC 2006, the first international biotechnology conference and exhibition in Central and Eastern Europe, will spotlight leading-edge medical- and biotech-related research capabilities and projects. New Czech-based collaborative projects featuring researchers from the renowned Mayo Clinic will be presented at the conference. Scheduled for October 24-27 in Brno, the conference will be marked by the official groundbreaking ceremony of the International Clinical Research Center (ICRC), an international collaboration between the Mayo Clinic, scientists in the Czech Republic and leading academic and industrial companies.

BIOTEC 2006, the first international biotechnology conference and exhibition in Central and Eastern Europe, will spotlight leading-edge medical- and biotech-related research capabilities and projects. New Czech-based collaborative projects featuring researchers from the renowned Mayo Clinic will be presented at the conference.

BIOTEC 2006, scheduled for October 24-27 in Brno, will be marked by the official groundbreaking ceremony of the International Clinical Research Center (ICRC). The $80-million center announced in March supports an international collaboration between the Mayo Clinic, scientists in the Czech Republic and leading academic and industrial companies including GE Healthcare, IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences and Intel.

"BIOTEC 2006 will showcase the international research underway in Brno to the international biotechnology and medical research community," said Tomas Kara, M.D., PhD. "ICRC is the cornerstone of ongoing Euro-U.S. research collaborations focused on cardio- and neurovascular diseases, internal medicine, neurology and oncology and a centerpiece of the growing research cluster in Brno."

BIOTEC 2006 will feature planned and current projects underway at ICRC. Central pillars of the ICRC model include customized research designed for specific projects, increased flexibility to meet the needs of clinical medicine and industry, and significantly shortened development and testing processes. Novel aspects of ICRC Brno's approach include proactive international scientific networking and a flexible laboratory track system.

"The intellectual capital in Central Europe is driving innovation in

research. We have an incredible opportunity to work at the leading-edge of medicine through our collaborative relationship with Mayo Clinic," said Radomil Novak, director, US West and advisor to the CEO, CzechInvest. "BIOTEC has been established to further our relationships and educate researchers inside the Czech Republic and abroad on the types of opportunities in progress and planned for the future."

Included at ICRC Brno's multifunctional center are next-generation clinical research facilities, a state-of-the-art cardiovascular clinical center, international educational center and a technology cluster. On the governmental level, the ICRC Brno project was prepared in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industry and Trade, and Ministry of Finance.

About CzechInvest

CzechInvest, the Investment and Business Development Agency, is an agency of the Ministry of Industry & Trade of the Czech Republic. CzechInvest's services and development programs contribute to attracting foreign investment and developing Czech companies. The agency is the sole organization that may submit applications for investment incentives to governing bodies, manage the agenda with related incentives, and manage the development of the entire system of investment support in the Czech Republic. CzechInvest also promotes the country abroad and acts as an intermediary between the European Union and small and medium-sized

enterprises in implementing EU structural funds in the Czech Republic. All of CzechInvest's services are free of charge. For more information, please visit CzechInvest

About Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit institution with three multidisciplinary

sites in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona. More than 2,900 physicians and

scientists and 45,000 medical support staff work together to thoroughly

diagnose and treat both common and complex conditions in every medical and surgical specialty. For additional information about Mayo Clinic, please visit [Mayo Clinic

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