WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The BIO 2006 convention will draw 18,000 life science professionals from around the world to network and learn about the future of the industry in April.

Sponsored by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the 14th annual international convention will take place April 9-12 at Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center.

The BIO 2006 sessions will feature experts from science, finance, business, law and government policy. The program includes popular general overviews on the state of the industry as well as expert panels focused on the Health, Food and Agriculture, and Industrial and Environmental sectors.

Examples of the programs related to food and agriculture are:

  • "Bioethanol: From Fueling Cars to Driving the Biorefining Revolution." This session will provide an overview of state of the art grain-based and cellulosic biomass ethanol technologies. Other topics include a discussion on biobased material production in integrated biorefineries.

  • "What's in Store for the Future: The Next Generation of Biotech Benefits." Researchers from the University of Maryland will unveil the results of a new study analyzing the nutritional and health benefits that could come from enhanced nutrient profiles of certain foods. This session will also include experts on public health and healthcare economics.

    More information on the BIO 2006 Annual International Convention is available online.

    BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and 31 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

    SOURCE: Biotechnology Industry Organization via PR Newswire.