Life Sciences Expo Expands Program

Addition of Two New Forums and a Business Plan Competition Reflects the

Entrepreneurial and Business Trends in the Life Sciences Industry

Apr 25, 2000, 01:00 ET from

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 25 /PRNewswire/ --, 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 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'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.'s Life Sciences Expo, taking place in San Diego,
 California on May 20th, manifests'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
     "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  "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 Business Plan
 Competition, held in association with the GSAS Harvard Biotechnology Club
 (  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
 Innovation Award and will be invited to present their plan to a panel of
 venture capitalists at the Start-Up Forum.
     " 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 (, 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 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 (, 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
 (, 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,, Sugen, and Yoh Scientific.
     For more information and registration, please visit .
     For more information on how to submit a plan for competition, please visit .
     About ( 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. 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. 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.