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Keynote Speakers for BioIndustry Association's UK Bioscience Forum Announced

6/24/2013 9:19:03 AM

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24 June 2013 -- The BioIndustry Association (BIA) is delighted to announce that the keynote speakers at its UK Bioscience Forum on 10 October will be Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, and Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

Steve Bates, BIA Chief Executive Officer, said:

“I am delighted we have secured Boris Johnson and Jim Greenwood as our keynote speakers. The BIA’s UK Bioscience Forum one day conference is the place to be for bioscience companies doing business in the UK this autumn and attendees can benefit from our early-bird delegate rates by registering before 19 July.”

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said:

‘London’s life sciences sector is a key economic driver for the capital. It is an industry with huge potential for growth which I am keen to support. The UK Bioscience Forum is championing the sector’s determination to remain world-beating and encourage further innovation.’

Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, said:

“On behalf of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, I look forward to joining you in the UK to discuss biotech policies that are working and those that can be improved in our respective countries. Biotech is a global industry and we welcome the opportunity to work together to develop a stronger relationship that encourages continued growth. Our two nations represent the largest biotech sectors in the world, and working together and fostering an international innovation economy will be to our shared benefit.”

For further information, please contact Robert Winder, Head of Communications,, 020 7630 2191; mobile 07825 942 934.

BIA UK Bioscience Forum

The BIA’s UK Bioscience Forum will take place on Thursday 10 October at the Royal College of Surgeons, London and will feature presentations and panel discussions, speed partnering, an exhibition, networking and the BIA Autumn Reception. Early-bird delegate rates are available until 19 July. BioIndustry Association Founded over 20 years ago at the infancy of biotechnology, the BioIndustry Association (BIA) is the trade association for innovative enterprises involved in UK bioscience. Members include emerging and more established bioscience companies; pharmaceutical companies; academic, research and philanthropic organisations; and service providers to the bioscience sector. The BIA represents the interests of its members to a broad section of stakeholders, from government and regulators to patient groups and the media. Our goal is to secure the UK's position as a global hub and as the best location for innovative research and commercialisation, enabling our world-leading research base to deliver healthcare solutions that can truly make a difference to people's lives. For further information, please go to

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