Al Gore loves GMO's
The Honorable Al Gore to Deliver Keynote Address at 2010 BIO International Convention
Former VP and Climate Change Activist to Address Biotechnology`s Role in
Improving the Environment and Addressing Major Health Care Challenges
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today that Former U.S.
Vice President Al Gore will be a keynote speaker at the 2010 BIO International
Convention, which will take place May 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.
Mr. Gore is scheduled to speak on Wednesday, May 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
His speech will focus on the environment, healthcare reform and other pressing
global issues with an emphasis on biotechnology`s role in addressing these
"For the past 30 years, Al Gore has been one of the most influential voices on
sustainability, climate change and numerous other environmental issues," said
BIO President and CEO James C. Greenwood. "We are honored to have Mr. Gore
address our BIO International Convention and share his vision for solving some
of the world's most challenging problems through biotechnology innovations that
help heal, fuel and feed the world."
Al Gore served as the 45th Vice President of the United States and continues to
advise leaders in Congress and heads of state throughout the world on national
and international affairs. Since his earliest days in the U. S. Congress, Al
Gore has been the leading advocate for confronting the threat of global warming.
In 2007, Mr. Gore received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to reduce
Mr. Gore is the author of An Inconvenient Truth, a best-selling book on the
threat of and solutions to global warming, and the subject of the movie of the
same title, which is one of the top documentary films in history.
"Each year, we endeavor to bring the world`s top thought leaders to share their
insights and vision with our attendees," said Robbi Lycett, Vice President of
Conventions & Conferences at BIO. "Mr. Gore will continue this tradition of
helping cement our Convention`s position as a `can`t miss` event for anyone
engaged in the life sciences."
Wednesday`s keynote session is sponsored by Amgen, a leading human therapeutics
company in the biotechnology industry.
In addition to Al Gore's keynote address, presentations and breakout sessions at
the 2010 BIO International Convention will focus on research and development,
partnership opportunities, and new business models required to meet global
The 2010 BIO International Convention is expected to draw between 15,000 and
17,000 industry leaders from 48 states and 60 countries. This year, the
Convention program will feature more than 125 sessions in 17 tracks. New tracks
for 2010 include Delivery and Manufacturing of Biologics, Global Drug
Development and Marketing, Innovations in Vaccines, and MarketPlace Watch.
In addition, this year`s BIO Exhibition will cover an estimated 200,000 net sq.
ft. and host more than 1,800 exhibitors. Product Focus Zones within the BIO
Exhibition will include BioProcess, Business Services, Clinical Trials,
Contracts, Discovery and the BioPark.
The BIO International Convention helps to support BIO programs and initiatives.
BIO works throughout the year to create a policy environment that enables the
industry to continue to fulfill its vision of bettering the world through
biotechnology innovation. For more information on the global event for
biotechnology, including program and housing information, please visit
BIO represents more than 1,200 biotechnology companies, academic institutions,
state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States
and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and
development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental
biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the
world's largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with
industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world.
Upcoming BIO Events
BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Fall Conference and Committee Meeting
October 26-28, 2009
BIO Investor Forum
October 28-29, 2009
San Francisco, CA
Advanced Business Development Course
October 30, 2009
BIO Europe International Partnering Conference
November 2-4, 2009
Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
November 8-11, 2009
BIO Asia Partnering Conference
January 25-26, 2010
BIO CEO & Investor Conference
February 8-9, 2010
New York, NY
Biotechnology Industry Organization
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