Dr. Francis Collins, Dr. J. Craig Venter and Naomi Judd - Featured Speakers For BIO 2001 June 24-27, 2001

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Biotechnology Industry Organization

    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Biotechnology Industry
 Organization (BIO) today announced three headlining speakers for BIO 2001 in
 San Diego.
     Two pioneering names in genomics -- J. Craig Venter, PhD, and Francis B.
 Collins, MD, PhD, will address conference attendees at the 7 a.m. plenary
 session on Wednesday, June 27.
     Venter, president and chief scientific officer of Celera Genomics
 Corporation, published a manuscript on the sequencing of the human genome in
 the February 2001 issue of Science magazine.  He has published more than 160
 research articles and is one of the most cited scientists in biology and
 medicine.   Before this groundbreaking success, Venter developed expressed
 sequence tags, a new strategy for gene discovery that has revolutionized the
 biological sciences.  At Celera, Venter is helping build the expertise and
 information that will enable scientists to transform the way in which health
 problems are diagnosed and treated.
     As director of the National Human Genome Research Institute of the
 National Institutes of Health, Collins provides overall leadership and
 develops scientific, fiscal and management strategies for the office that
 oversees research to accomplish the mission of the Human Genome Project.
 Collins has published 299 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals
 ranging from the Journal of the American Medical Association to Science
 magazine, and including the 2001 Nature magazine article entitled "Initial
 Sequencing and Analysis of the Human Genome."
     Naomi Judd, a name synonymous with music history and entertainment, is the
 BIO 2001 plenary luncheon speaker on Wednesday, June 27.  A former nurse,
 Judd's entertainment career began when she captured a chance audition while
 caring for a hospitalized relative of a record producer.  Soon after, she was
 discovered by RCA records, formed the hit recording act The Judds with
 daughter Wynonna, and the rest, including six Grammy awards, is music history.
 Judd's recording career ended after she was diagnosed with a life-threatening
 liver disease.  A beneficiary of biotechnology, Judd continues an active life,
 and is an exciting addition to BIO 2001.
     These speakers reflect the BIO 2001 central theme, "Partnering for Life,"
 which celebrates the partnerships that deliver the products of biotechnology
 to those who need them, and also celebrates the amazing results that occur
 when great partners come together to support and move toward a common goal.
     The BIO 2001 preliminary program and registration information are
 available at http://www.bio.org .
 
     BIO represents more than 950 biotechnology companies, academic
 institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations in all 50
 U.S. states and 33 other nations.  BIO members are involved in the research
 and development of health care, agricultural, industrial and environmental
 biotechnology products.
 
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SOURCE Biotechnology Industry Organization
    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Biotechnology Industry
 Organization (BIO) today announced three headlining speakers for BIO 2001 in
 San Diego.
     Two pioneering names in genomics -- J. Craig Venter, PhD, and Francis B.
 Collins, MD, PhD, will address conference attendees at the 7 a.m. plenary
 session on Wednesday, June 27.
     Venter, president and chief scientific officer of Celera Genomics
 Corporation, published a manuscript on the sequencing of the human genome in
 the February 2001 issue of Science magazine.  He has published more than 160
 research articles and is one of the most cited scientists in biology and
 medicine.   Before this groundbreaking success, Venter developed expressed
 sequence tags, a new strategy for gene discovery that has revolutionized the
 biological sciences.  At Celera, Venter is helping build the expertise and
 information that will enable scientists to transform the way in which health
 problems are diagnosed and treated.
     As director of the National Human Genome Research Institute of the
 National Institutes of Health, Collins provides overall leadership and
 develops scientific, fiscal and management strategies for the office that
 oversees research to accomplish the mission of the Human Genome Project.
 Collins has published 299 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals
 ranging from the Journal of the American Medical Association to Science
 magazine, and including the 2001 Nature magazine article entitled "Initial
 Sequencing and Analysis of the Human Genome."
     Naomi Judd, a name synonymous with music history and entertainment, is the
 BIO 2001 plenary luncheon speaker on Wednesday, June 27.  A former nurse,
 Judd's entertainment career began when she captured a chance audition while
 caring for a hospitalized relative of a record producer.  Soon after, she was
 discovered by RCA records, formed the hit recording act The Judds with
 daughter Wynonna, and the rest, including six Grammy awards, is music history.
 Judd's recording career ended after she was diagnosed with a life-threatening
 liver disease.  A beneficiary of biotechnology, Judd continues an active life,
 and is an exciting addition to BIO 2001.
     These speakers reflect the BIO 2001 central theme, "Partnering for Life,"
 which celebrates the partnerships that deliver the products of biotechnology
 to those who need them, and also celebrates the amazing results that occur
 when great partners come together to support and move toward a common goal.
     The BIO 2001 preliminary program and registration information are
 available at http://www.bio.org .
 
     BIO represents more than 950 biotechnology companies, academic
 institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations in all 50
 U.S. states and 33 other nations.  BIO members are involved in the research
 and development of health care, agricultural, industrial and environmental
 biotechnology products.
 
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