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.

1 comment:

  1. This is my 3rd BIO Convention and is by far the best yet. The quality of attendees at this year's event seems more refined and high-level. Atlanta was an excellent host and the GA Pavilion was very nice. I learned more about the SE's biotech potential while here, and look forward to returning the the region. Excellent job this year to the host's and BIO.