Johns Hopkins Gazette | May 4, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 4, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 33
Johns Hopkins Biotech Network to Hold International Conference

The Johns Hopkins Biotech Network will host a two-day international biotechnology conference on Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15, featuring foreign dignitaries and representatives from top foreign companies.

The Thursday session, BioEspana: The Gateway to Europe, will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the university's Montgomery County Campus in Rockville. Friday's session, Marine Biotech: An Ocean of Possibilities, is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Center for Marine Biotechnology in the Columbus Center in downtown Baltimore.

The biotech industry in Spain has grown more than 20 percent during the last five years, giving rise to more than 200 new biostartups, and the country is experiencing 25 percent annual growth in the biotech sector. This has increased the number of jobs, attracted foreign investors and greatly impacted Spain's gross domestic product. Speakers will help increase awareness of what Spanish biotech companies have achieved, opening the door for a genesis of alliances and partnerships with their counterparts in Maryland. Among the speakers are Aris Melissaratos, senior adviser to the president of The Johns Hopkins University.

Day two's agenda aims to present the most important global topics in marine biotechnology research in the fields of drug discovery, bioremediation and sustainable fishing. Topics range from a discussion of PharmaMar's successful marketing of a drug based on marine bioprospecting to a look at the country of Oman's Marine Biotechnology Center of Excellence in the Gulf region.

For more information about the conference and to register, go to:


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