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The 7th Edition of BioVision, the World Life Sciences Forum Opens in Lyon

3/23/2011 11:48:05 AM

Lyon, March 25th 2011 – The 7th edition of BioVision will start on Sunday 27th of March at the Palais des Congrès convention center in Lyon and will last until Tuesday 29th of March.

3 days dedicated to health, nutrition and environment and more precisely…

Over 160 internationally renowned speakers and 2 000 attendees, scientists, businesspeople and representatives of civil society and non-governmental organizations will gather in Lyon during 3 days to debate major scientific, economic, and societal issues in life sciences.

Several global leaders will be speaking during the first conference Opening plenary session on Sunday, at 2pm (“Health, a right for all human beings, at any price?”) including Zhu Chen, China Health Minister , Chris Viehbacher (Chief Executive Officer, Sanofi-aventis), Michel Kazatchkine (Executive Director, the Global fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria), Michael Marmot (Professor and Director University College London International Institute for Society and Health), Claudie Haigneré (President, Universcience) and Helga Nowotny (President, European Research Council). Nora Berra, the Secretary of State for Health in France, will conclude this first day. Valérie Pécresse, the French Minister for Higher Education & Research will be speaking on Tuesday 29th during the closing plenary session.José Angel Cordova Villalobos, the Mexican Health Minister, will also be one of the keynote speakers of BioVision2011.

Many conferences and debates between the various present actors to explain the latest advances in life sciences and to discuss about their societal implications and their ethical dimension.

A meeting place between various communities and generations: BioVision gathers international decision-makers of diverse horizons to express and confront their points of view on essential challenges to come in life sciences. A programme is dedicated to the new generation: BioVision.Nxt.

Press conferences organized by BioVision prestigious partners, including: ENS Lyon, Grand Lyon and Lyon Biopôle, DSM, Vivagora, the International Genetic Alliance of Parent and Patient Organizations, the Institut Pasteur Shangai and France Biotech.

For the first time, the conferences will be broadcasted in real time on BioVision website!

BioVision launches BioVision TV. All BioVision conferences (except workshops of the track "Business in life sciences"), will be broadcasted in real time on 3 channels are scheduled on BioVision TV: the Lumière Channel, which will focus on health issues, the Pasteur Channel, which will target nutrition issues and the Pasteur 2 Channel, focused on environment. Internet users can interview speakers via SMS.

The programme, the list of speakers and satellite partner events are available on

About BioVision

For over 10 years, BioVision has been stimulating innovative, high-level debate with all the key stakeholders (industry, the political sphere, patient associations, etc.) on the societal implications of scientific progress. Over three days, the leading decision-makers and experts in life science will review major scientific advances in healthcare, nutrition and the environment. They will catalyze discussion between stakeholders (who rarely have the opportunity to talk to each other) on the impact of these scientific and industrial innovations on society. BioVision was created in 1999 on the initiative of the late Raymond Barre (a former French Prime Minister and Vice Chairman of the European Commission) and François Gros (Permanent Secretary of the French Academy of Sciences). BioVision receives support from major international organizations, the European Commission, local councils (Lyon City Council, The Lyon Metropolitan Area Council, the Rhône County Council and the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council) and associations, NGOs and companies concerned by issues in life science.For more information, please visit

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