SAN FRANCISCO, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- BioSpace.com, the premier global hubsite for the life sciences industry, today announced the expansion of its Life Sciences Expo: "Biotech Beach 2000: Binding the Bench and the Net." The BioSpace.com Life Sciences Expo will offer a full day of presentations and panels for entrepreneurs, accredited investors, researchers, recruiters and graduate students. On hand at the event will be life sciences companies and professional investors from Southern California, the area labeled as "Biotech Beach" by BioSpace.com's regional map campaigns. The Start-Up Forum, Industry Forum, and a Business Plan Competition have been added to the event's existing Career Fair and Investor Forum creating a range of activities targeting every facet of involvement in the life sciences industry. BioSpace.com's Life Sciences Expo, taking place in San Diego, California on May 20th, manifests BioSpace.com's ability to bring together the biotechnology community for an event facilitating employment, investment, and, with the addition of the new forums, entrepreneurialism in the life sciences industry. "The expansion of our trademark Life Sciences Expo reflects the paramount importance of supporting individual innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors in the life sciences industry," said Tim Fredel, CEO of BioSpace.com. "Our company's goal has always been to be a catalyst to progress, be that through the website, or through the creation of offline events." The addition of the Start-Up Forum is designed to educate entrepreneurs about the basics of starting a life sciences company, covering such crucial topics as attracting top management and raising money from professional investors. The forum's panel includes those with experience in scientific innovation, venture investment, and business development, covering the various areas necessary to successful entrepreneurialism. Entrepreneurs with a developed concept are invited to enter the first BioSpace.com Business Plan Competition, held in association with the GSAS Harvard Biotechnology Club (www.thebiotechclub.org). This nationwide competition is open to those with an early stage, life sciences based business concept in search of financing. Entries are read by an experienced group of entrepreneurs, scientists and business experts, and are evaluated for their feasibility, market scope, and general strengths. The top two winners will each receive a BioSpace.com Innovation Award and will be invited to present their plan to a panel of venture capitalists at the Start-Up Forum. "BioSpace.com is presenting an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs to receive constructive criticism from industry venture capitalists, and for the audience to learn through observation", said Brian Atwood, Managing Director of Versant Ventures, one of the largest venture funds focused on the healthcare industry. The Industry Forum, the second new addition to the Life Sciences Expo, is designed to speak to specific issues in each sector of the life sciences industry. Coordinated by the Keck Graduate Institute (www.kgi.com), this forum will have a panel of top executives to discuss a range of life-sciences topics, including the status of the industry in Southern California. Other topics scheduled for discussion are the integration of engineering into the industry and changes resulting from advances in medical instrumentation. The Keck Graduate Institute is a pioneering new graduate school in Southern California that is dedicated exclusively to the development of applications from the emerging discoveries in the biosciences, and to the education of leaders for the biosciences industry. Returning to the BioSpace.com Life Sciences Expo, and after the very successful introduction at San Francisco's Biotech Bay 2000, will be the Career Fair, Career Forum and Investor forum. The Career Forum, moderated by Next Wave (www.nextwave.org), covers employment opportunities in the industry. Included will be a discussion on recent trends regarding reapplication of life sciences skills to alternate areas such as marketing, public relations and business development. The Investor Forum, coordinated by Informed Investors (www.informedinvestors.com), will expose an audience of retail investors to life sciences investment information traditionally reserved for institutional investors and industry analysts. The forum will have three tracks rotating 20+ biotech companies with analyst presentations, as well as opening and closing keynote speakers and a lunchtime panel. The Career Fair will have recruiting companies including Aerotek Scientific Staffing, Allergan, Amgen, Aurora Biosciences, Axys Pharmaceuticals, Baxter Hylands, Cell Genesys, ChemBridge, Digital Gene Technologies, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Exelisis, Inc., Gen-Probe Inc./Chugai BioPharmaceuticals, Hollis-Eden, Incyte Pharmaceuticals, Inhale Therapeutics, Keck Graduate Institute, Kelly Scientific Resources, Lab Support, PharmaNet, Pharmingen/BD, Science, Sciencejobs.com, Sugen, and Yoh Scientific. For more information and registration, please visit http://www.biospace.com/beach2000 . For more information on how to submit a plan for competition, please visit http://thebiotechclub.org/startup/BiospaceAward.html . About BioSpace.com BioSpace.com (www.biospace.com) is the premier global hubsite for the life sciences industry. Through its website, launched in 1995, the company has created a point of convergence for those who work in the industry by providing Community, Content and Commerce on a feature-rich platform. BioSpace.com is dedicated to accelerating discovery in biotechnology by facilitating exchange crucial to the industry through its site, the most heavily trafficked life sciences portal on the web. BioSpace.com attracts over 2 million page views per month from over 300,000 unique visitors seeking real-time industry news, information resources, investment data, company profiles, stock quotes, employment listings, and an innovative business-to-business (B2B) supply solution developed cooperatively with the National Institutes of Health.