Horizons Conference to Assemble International Regulatory Affairs Experts in San Diego

    ROCKVILLE, Md., March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- An international assortment of
 health product regulatory affairs professionals, international business
 executives, and representatives from the US Food & Drug Administration,
 Brazilian ABPBS and Japan's PMDA will convene in San Diego later this month to
 discuss issues affecting pharmaceutical, medical device and biologics
 regulatory affairs.
     Horizons 2006, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) Conference
 & Exhibition: Innovation to Regulation (formerly West Coast Conference), a
 multi-track educational and networking experience, will take place 29-31 March
 at San Diego's Westin Horton Hotel.
     The conference will encompass international perspectives across product
 lines with multiple educational tracks (clinical, early development, exposure
 to RA, senior RA and market submission), exhibits and networking opportunities
 for regulatory affairs (RA), clinical trials, and research and development
 (R&D) professionals. Introductory workshops will provide individuals with
 exposure to RA.
     San Diego's business climate offers an exciting backdrop for the RA
 conference. "San Diego is bubbling with an entrepreneurial spirit and, as a
 hub for RA professionals, was the natural choice for this year's Horizons
 conference," said RAPS Executive Director Sherry L. Keramidas, PhD, RAC.
     A leading nanotechnology expert, Lynn E. Foster Jr., will deliver a
 special keynote at the San Diego conference, Nanotechnology Overview:
 Potential for Innovation. Foster is editor and co-author of Nanotechnology:
 Science, Innovation & Opportunity (Prentice Hall, 2005) and authored the first
 nanotechnology trade study.
     D. Keith Grossman, President and CEO, Thoratec Corporation, and Bob
 O'Holla, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Inc., will also
 deliver a keynote address, What Is The Role of the Regulatory Professional in
 the Strategic Success of the Corporate Enterprise?
     For more information or to register for Horizons, visit the RAPS website,
     About RAPS
     The Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) is the foremost
 worldwide member organization creating and upholding standards of ethics,
 credentialing and education for the regulatory affairs (RA) profession within
 the health product sector. Founded in 1976, RAPS represents nearly 10,000
 individuals worldwide, working in government, corporations, academia, research
 and nonprofit organizations.
     RAPS is a nonprofit educational/scientific organization with headquarters
 in Rockville, MD, and members in 45 countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America,
 the Middle East, North America and the Pacific Rim. RAPS is located at 11300
 Rockville Pike, Suite 1000, Rockville, MD 20852; Phone: 301.770.2920; Web:

SOURCE Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS)

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