Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tell Us about Your Experiences at the 2009 BIO Convention

The 2009 BIO International Convention winds down today, and for many of us it has been a memorable experience. In the days ahead, we hope you will share your stories by posting comments on the Georgia Bio Blog and sending us your photos.

For me, one of the highlights was the world’s first diversity summit in biotechnology on Monday, May 18, at the Omni Hotel. About 250 people registered to attend the summit and interact with more than 20 speakers from across the nation who gathered to talk about workforce diversity in the healthcare and biotechnology industries and about narrowing the gap in healthcare disparities among minority groups. Here’s a link to the speakers agenda.

Among the Georgia speakers were Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin; Dr. Louis Sullivan, former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary; U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson; Morehouse School of Medicine Dean Dr. Eve Higginbotham; and Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society.

The day-long event, “Fulfilling the Promise: Diversity in Biotechnology,” was a huge success and set the highest standards for ongoing discussions of critically important issues involving access to quality healthcare by all Americans and improvement of bioscience education nationwide to maintain the United States dominance in biotechnology innovation. – Charles Craig, President, Georgia Bio.

Monday, May 18, 2009

BIO Welcome Reception Moved to the GA Dome

Due to heavy rains over the weekend the BIO Welcome Reception will move to the Georgia Dome, Monday, May 18, 7:15 - 9:00 pm.

The entrance to the event will be Upper Gate C at the Georgia Dome, located off of Andrew Young International Boulevard. The Georgia Dome is adjacent to Building B of the GWCC.For walkers, you can get to Upper Gate C via the GWCC by walking inside through Buildings A & B.

Monday Welcome Reception Shuttle Information

The BIO Shuttle drop-off/pick-up and taxi stand are also located on Andrew Young International Boulevard just steps away from both the GWCC and Georgia Dome. For those driving to the event, there is parking in the International/Red Parking Deck, which is located off Andrew Young International Boulevard.

For additional driving and parking information visit

Thursday, May 14, 2009

GaBio , Kansas Bio, & the ADA Collaborate with St. Joseph's to Spotlight the Translational Research Institute

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

4:30 to 7:00 p.m.380

Northyards Blvd. Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30313

Georgia Bio members are encouraged to join Kansas Bio members for a reception Tuesday, May 19, 4 pm to 7 pm, at the St. Joseph’s Translational Research Institute’s (SJTRI) new preclinical, clinical and training facility in Technology Enterprise Park (TEP) adjacent to Georgia Tech.

Additional sponsors of the event include McGuireWoods with Georgia Bio and Polsinelli Shugart with Kansas Bio. The reception will include a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the state-of-the-art SJTRI facility.

-Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres

-Complimentary shuttle to/from Convention. Buses will begin leaving the GWCC at 4:30pm and circle every 15 minutes. They will be marked with the Saint Joseph’s Translational Research Institute.


Friday, May 8, 2009

Diversity in Biotechnology - Register for Free Summit Now


Monday, May 18, 2009
Omni Hotel at CNN Center

You are invited to an inspiring event.
BIO Convention Registration is not required.

If you are a thought leader on workforce issues, science education or health disparities in diverse communities, you cannot miss this summit.

Please join us for a thought-provoking day where experts share insights on the significance of biotechnology and a diverse workforce.

Featured Georgia Speakers:
  • Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin
  • U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson
  • The Honorable Louis Sullivan, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Walter W. Williams, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Dr. Otis Brawley, American Cancer Society
  • Dr. Eve Higginbotham, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Dr. Elizabeth Mutisya, Solvay Pharmaceuticals
  • Patricia Pearman, GE Healthcare
  • Dr. Christopher Hillyer, Emory University
Our FREE day-long summit is well worth the time investment.

Additionally, summit attendees interested in attending the 2009 BIO International Convention Welcome Reception on the evening of May 18, and acquiring passes to the exhibition hall May 19-21, may do so for the discounted price of $75.

For more information visit our event Web site.

Download the full program here.

CDC Event During BIO Convention features Tour & Workshops - Limited Availability

BIO registrants have the opportunity to attend a free ALL DAY event hosted by the CDC at their Atlanta campus on Monday, May 18, 11:30 am - 4:30 pm. Learn how to partner with federal scientists in the discovery, development and delivery of innovative global health products, and enjoy tours of the CDC's Global Communications Center.

This All-Day Event Features: Tour & Afternoon Workshops
Click Here for Complete Agenda

Space is limited to the first 80 people on a first come, first served basis.

*Due to security limitations, the remaining openings for the CDC tour is now only open to United States Citizens.

Date/Time: Monday, May 18, 2009, 11:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: CDC Global Communications Center

Registration is Required
BIO Convention Registration
Add this event to your BIO Registration online today at OR by using the links in your BIO Convention registration confirmation email.

Non-Convention Registration
Contact Maria Thacker, Marketing Director, Georgia Bio / 404-920-2042

Registrations Must be Submitted by COB Monday, May 11

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Onsight Insight - Recruiting, Coaching, Consulting Connections

Consulting Connections
There are hundreds of business consultants within the BIO Exhibition! Use myBIO to find and make appointments with a specialist in your field. View the consultant list here.

Strategic Job Searching: Recession Proof Your Career
Monday, May 18, noon-1:30 pm, Room A404
Free! This event part of the BIO Career Fair. No registration required.

Insights from Executive Recruiters
Tuesday, May 19, 2:30 - 4:00 pm, Thomas Murphy Ballroom 1
For Any 2009 BIO International Convention Badge Holder

Colleague-to-Colleague Speed Networking
Tuesday, May 19, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Thomas Murphy Ballroom 1
For Any 2009 BIO International Convention Badge Holder

Resume Coaching
For Any 2009 BIO International Convention Badge Holder
If you are interested in a resume review, please stop by the Think & Drink area located in the East Plaza Entrance, Building A, Level 4 each morning at 11 am. If you need an alternative time, please e-mail
Provided by Marcia Champagne, Tyler & Company

Women in Bio Speed Networking
Wednesday, May 20, 3:30 - 4:30 pm and Thursday, May 21, 10:00 - 11:00 am, behind the WIB Booth #6041
For Any 2009 BIO International Convention Badge Holder

Learn more at:

Monday, May 4, 2009

Swine Flu Update: Influenza A (H1N1)

As of May 1, 2009

The 2009 BIO International Convention is on track to be an outstanding event. We have top global biotech leaders, great keynoters, an exciting exhibition, and a highly active business forum.

We continue to monitor closely information and guidance from federal and international agencies concerning the Influenza A (H1N1) outbreak in the United States. We remain committed to providing our attendees with timely travel advisories and other information. We also are preparing to take any actions that may be recommended by appropriate health authorities to enhance the safety of our attendees. We will post updated information as it becomes available.

There are currently no travel restrictions to the U.S. by the World Health Organization (WHO). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, "H1N1 flu should not discourage people from traveling to or within the United States." '

We encourage attendees and our exhibitors to follow the advice of public health professionals. Experts note the simplest safeguards, such as washing hands and using disinfectants, can be among the most effective. WHO and CDC have recommended precautions to protect from spread of the virus.

For these tips and updated information visit:
» World Health Organization
» Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Friday, May 1, 2009

A Sample Program of Activities for BIO Convention

Sunday, May 17
BIO Executive Presentation Workshop, 8:30 am to 4:45 pm, A314 & A315, Georgia World Congress Center

Monday May 18
Fulfilling the Promise: Diversity in Biotechnology - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Omni Hotel

Taking the Pulse of Bioscience Education - 2 pm to 3:30 pm, B306 Georgia World Congress Center

FDA Science and Mission at Risk - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, B315, Georgia World Congress Center

Welcome Reception with the B-52s - 7:15 to 9:00 pm, Centennial Olympic Park

Tuesday, May 19
Exhibit Hall - 10 am to 5:30 pm, Building B, Level 1, Georgia World Congress Center

Lunch Keynote: Sir Elton John - 12 pm to 1:30 pm, Georgia World Congress Center

Super Models: The New Breed of Life Science Financing - 2 pm to 3:30 pm, B314, Georgia World Congress Center

Is Gaining Drug Approval More Difficult in Europe than the U.S., or Vice Versa? - 4 pm to 5:30 pm, B315, Georgia World Congress Center

Tuesday Think & Drink: Industry Is from Mars, Academia Is from Venus - 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Sidney Marcus Ballroom Entrance, Building A, Level 3 Georgia World Congress Center

BIO Exhibitor Hospitality Receptions - 5 pm to 6:30 pm, Exhibit Hall, Building B, Level 1, Georgia World Congress Center

Wednesday, May 20
Global Biotechnology Innovation: Connecting the Laboratory, the Field and the Marketplace - 8 am to 9:30 am, B401/402, Georgia World Congress Center

Time for Action: A Prescription for Health Care Reform - 10 am to 11:30 am, B408, Georgia World Congress Center

Lunch Keynotes: Tom Daschle, Howard Dean, Bill Frist, Karl Rove - 12 pm to 1:45 pm, Georgia World Congress Center

Public Health And Business: Is the Sum Greater than the Parts? - 2 pm to 3:30 pm, B401/402, Georgia World Congress Center

The International Bio-Innovation Scorecard-An Annual Review from Scientific American - 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom, Georgia World Congress Center

Exhibit Hall - 10 am to 5:30 pm, Exhibit Hall, Building B, Level 1, Georgia World Congress Center

Gala Reception - 7:45 pm to 9 pm, Georgia Aquarium
Thursday, May 21

Darwinism Comes to Strategic Finance: Evolving Business Models and Implications for Biotech & Pharma - 8 am to 9:30 am, B314, Georgia World Congress Center

Business Model Conundrum: Focus on One Single Therapeutic Area, or Multiple Areas? - 10 am to 11:30 am, B313, Georgia World Congress Center

Exhibit Hall - 10 am to 3 pm, Exhibit Hall, Building B, Level 1, Georgia World Congress Center

Closing Reception - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, The Tabernacle