Bioscience companies, researchers to converge in Tucson

March 7, 2006

By hammersmith

Bioscience takes center stage at BioSouthwest 2006 on April 3-4 at the Doubletree Inn Tucson at Reid Park. BioSouthwest 2006 is one of the most comprehensive bioindustry science and business conferences in the Southwest, providing young and maturing bioscience companies with many of the resources needed for maximal growth and exposing the scientific community to the most current and exciting scientific topics of the 21st century.

On Monday, April 3, from 5-7 p.m., the public is invited to “kick-off” the event by visiting booths and exhibits of companies, universities, and research institutes active in Arizona’s bioscience industry.

On Tuesday, April 4, Biotech venture capitalist Steve Burrill of San Francisco-based Burrill & Company begins the day with his keynote address, “Biotech: A State of the Industry Update.” Informative breakout sessions on a variety of topics take up the rest of the morning, including:

  • Innovative Translational Partnerships
  • The Bioengineering of Arthritis
  • Information Technology
  • Health and Imaging

The lunchtime plenary address, to be given by Vicki Chandler of BIO5 at the University of Arizona, will focus on multidisciplinary biological research yielding tangible benefits.

In the afternoon, breakout sessions continue on:

  • Entrepreneurship — growing companies at home
  • Growing a start-up company, emphasizing funding and patent protection
  • Diagnostics & BioMeasures
  • Genetics, Agribusiness, and Optics
  • Therapeutic Innovation — molecular to cellular

From 4:30-6 p.m., closing remarks and a reception will be held for conference participants.

Organizing BioSouthwest is the Bioindustry Organization of Southern Arizona (BIO-SA). BIO-SA represents one of six high tech industry clusters in the Tucson area and supports the creation, operation, and expansion of biotech enterprises and the commercialization of university research institute-based technologies in Southern Arizona.

Click here for more information about BioSouthwest or to register.