Georgia Showcases its Bioscience Leadership at 2008 Bio International Convention

ATLANTA, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia will showcase its bioscience leadership at the 2008 Bio international convention on June 17 -- 20, in San Diego, Calif. Governor Perdue will deliver remarks on June 19 and meet with state and business leaders during the convention.

"As one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation, the biosciences sector is a strategic priority for Georgia and a driving force behind our future growth," said Governor Perdue. "Our leadership in university-based research, strong biosciences talent, effective public-private partnerships and ease of access to international capital markets truly position Georgia as the crossroads of global health."

Georgia will host a 3,300 square-foot pavilion, which includes 28 exhibitors representing Georgia's wide breadth of bioscience companies, research institutions and state agencies. A sample of exhibitors:

In addition to the pavilion, researchers from Georgia's pre-eminent institutions, including the CDC, Emory University and the University of Georgia, along with representatives from companies, will discuss key global health issues. Panels confirmed to date include:

About Georgia's Bioscience Industry

With strong talent, a spirit of collaboration and access to the world, Georgia is at the crossroads of global health. Georgia is home to the CDC, CARE, the American Cancer Society, the Arthritis Foundation and 270 bioscience companies. The state offers robust public-private partnerships in bioscience, including the Georgia Research Alliance, through which the State's six research universities collaborate to create, improve and grow science -- and technology-based companies. Additionally, Georgia boasts a strong talent pool, with the nation's highest growth in market share of college-educated 25-to-34 year-olds and one of the largest state university systems in the country, graduating 44,000 students each year. For more information on Georgia's bioscience industry and its presence at BIO 2008 and 2009, visit http://www.georgiabiosciences.com .

SOURCE Georgia Department of Economic Development

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