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Release: Sept. 11, 2000
UI hosts Iowa Biotechnology Association conference Sept. 20
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Leading researchers will speak about the future implications
and applications of genetic research as part of a statewide biotechnology
annual conference, which will be held Sept. 20 at the University of Iowa.
The theme of this year's Iowa Biotechnology Association conference at the
Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus is "Growing Biotechnology Companies
in Iowa: Opportunities, Strategies, and Partnerships for Biotechnology Businesses."
Delivering keynote messages on genetic research in the morning session will
be Dr. Charles Edward, head of Human Genome Research at the Genetics Institute,
Cambridge, Mass.; Dr. Susan Harlander, CEO of BIOrational, Minneapolis, Minn.,
a leading specialist in the food industry and consumer issues; and Dr. Val
Sheffield, a UI professor of pediatrics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute
associate investigator, addressing the ethical implications of genetic research.
"The goal of this conference is to address issues important to Iowa's
growing biotechnology industry," said Doug Getter, executive director
of the Iowa Biotechnology Association (IBA). "The conference will also
focus on some key issues in genetic research, such as potential growth in
human and agricultural applications, consumer attitudes and ethics, genetic
research in Iowa, and the future for the life sciences."
Following the keynote session, attendees will learn about genetic research
underway at several Iowa companies and research organizations. Keynoting the
luncheon will be J. Erik Fyrwald, president of DuPont Nutrition and Health
in Wilmington, Del., giving his view of biotechnology applications in the
coming years. Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, co-chair of the National Governor's Association
Governors' Council on Biotechnology will speak in the final afternoon session.
Three high school students recognized by the Association at the 2000 Iowa
State Science Fair will also be honored.
During the afternoon workshops, Dr. Vincent Covello, Director of the Center
for Risk Communication in New York City, will help participants communicate
about biotechnology issues. A special panel will give approaches for transferring
technology from federal laboratories and state universities. The third workshop
will focus on launching a biotechnology entrepreneurial business.
The IBA was formed in 1994 to advance opportunities in Iowa for the improvement
of the human environmental and economic wellbeing through the development
and application of value-added technologies in the life sciences.
The registration fee is $150 for association members and $175 for nonmembers.
Registration fee includes conference materials, lunch and breaks. Display
space is also available.
The IBA Board is offering a limited number of qualified student scholarships
that allows them to attend the conference for only $20. An application form
is available at www.IowaBiotech.com. All scholarship applications must be
received by noon, Friday, Sept. 15. Students will be notified by return e-mail
if a scholarship has been approved.
For more information, contact the IBA at (515) 327-9156 or see the Association's