Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

About BIO
BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIO produces BIOtech NOW, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling “innovations transforming our world.” Subscribe to BIOtech NOW

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Upcoming BIO Events
Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
December 11-14, 2010
Honolulu, HI 

BIO Asia International Partnering Conference
January 24-25, 2011
Tokyo, Japan

BIO CEO & Investor Conference
February 14-15, 2011
New York, NY 

BIO-Europe Spring 2011
March 14-16, 2011
Milan, Italy 

BIO International Convention
June 27-30, 2011
Washington, DC


Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
Paul Winters, 202-962-9237

Summit on Industrial Biotech and Bioenergy

BIO to Host Synthetic Biology Workshop at 2010 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech and Bioenergy

 The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced a specialized workshop on advancements in synthetic biology that will highlight a new effort called the BIOFAB: International Open Facility Advancing Biotechnology, which aims to produce thousands of free, standardized DNA parts.

Speakers at the Advancements in Synthetic Biology & BIOFAB workshop will include:
  • Dr. Drew Endy, Stanford Professor of Bioengineering & Director, BIOFAB;
  • Dr. Vivek Mutalik, UC Berkeley Professor of Bioengineering & Team Leader, BIOFAB;
  • Holly Million, Executive Director, The BioBricks Foundation. 

The workshop will take place Sunday, Dec., 12, 2010, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Hibiscus Suite at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa and is open to all registered attendees at BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy.

For more information on the conference, please visit

For assistance, please contact or 202-962-9200.

National Conference on Metabolomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics

January 29-30, 2011

Venue: Money Mounta Complex, Near SGPGI, Lucknow
First National Conference on Metabolomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics (NCMTP-2011) to be held at Money Mounta Complex, Near SGPGI, Lucknow from January 29th to 30th, 2011.

Today, Metabolomics and Transcriptomics are amongst the most favorite and deeply researched areas of life science. The mRNA expression profiling and the study of small molecules’ metabolite profiles are combined to provide the instantaneous snapshots of physiology of the cell. They have some very important applications in functional genomics, Nutrigenomics and toxicity assessment. Moreover, systems biology and functional genomics are facing the challenge to integrate the wide variety of information from the metabolomics, transcriptomics along with proteomics.

NCMTP-2011 is the first National conference on the Metabolomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics in Lucknow. It will be an opportunity for the National community to exchange ideas and develop a common vision for the future of research & development and healthcare. Contribution to the progress of developing a global Biotechnology and Bioinformatics society will include scientific papers demonstrations, poster Presentation and opinion/future vision papers. The organizing committee have been working to make NCMTP-2011 a truly memorable experience for all participants.

We sincerely hope that you will join us in making NCMTP-2011 a success. On behalf of the organizing committee, I am honored to welcome you to NCMTP-2011.

Conference Themes

The Conference Program will consist of introductory Plenary Keynote Presentations and Invited Guest Lectures. Six Invited Guest Lectures and 20 speakers will deliver oral presentation i.e. selected by our organizing Committee. A Poster Session, to be incorporated in the conference program, will allow individual participants to present Research papers. Abstracts of these papers will be made available to the Chairpersons of thematic sessions as appropriate, and will eventually be published.

Call for PapersAbstracts are invited for the papers and posters for the presentation during the conference are invited from the students, research scholars, faculties, R & D personnel, academicians etc.

The abstract of the paper should be sent to the convener of the conference, and it should not be more than 1000 words, typed in 12 Times New Roman with one and half spacing including the title of the paper, name of the authors and address for correspondence (including e-mail id). The paper must be reviewed by atleast two reviewers and you have to send their references along with abstract. After the scrutiny and selection of the papers, the authors will be intimated and then they should send the full text paper according to the guidelines given to them. The abstract should indicate the novel research work undertaken by the researcher.

Process of Selection

The program committee will evaluate papers and posters based on quality and relevance. All submissions are held in confidentiality prior to publication in the proceedings. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered unless an extension has been granted by the program chairs. Accepted papers will be presented by their author(s) and will be published in the conference proceedings.

How to submit

Format of the abstract: totally 1-2 pages of A4 size, around 400-1000 English words in Times New Roman type including the title, authors, the authors’ institutions, summary of your research and 5-8 keywords.

Guidelines for Poster Presentation:

There will be poster session on Conference during Lunch and Tea break. Authors presenting posters are requested to be available for answering the questions during poster display.

• The Poster size should be max. 1.30 m (130 cm) high x 0.90 m (90 cm) wide.

• The figures and tables should be clear and the content of the poster should be

understandable by reading.

• Do not over load the poster as more material may mean less communication.

• Posters accepted will be assigned numbers. Please consult the program and time for

poster display.

The abstract/posters can be directly sent to the Conference Convener.

Awards/PrizeBest three oral papers and five posters will be awarded.

Conference Benefits

FIRST conferences promote National coordination and cooperation among Biotechnology & Bioinformatics community. It provides a forum for sharing goals, ideas, and information on how to improve research & development and healthcare. The two-day event is comprised of presentation sessions where the most recent security issues will be discussed.

At the conference you will:

Learn the latest R&D strategies

Gain technical solutions to Research problems

Keep up-to-date with the latest incident response and prevention

Gain insight on analyzing network vulnerability and computer vulnerabilities

Hear how the industry experts manage their security issues

Meet colleagues from around the world and exchange ideas and advice

Registration Enquiries and Further Information

The details of the programme are given in the brochure (attached) and also you can visit our conference website . Online registration can be done, however the registration will be confirmed only after we receive the DD towards Registration fee.

Convener, NCMTP – 2011 1/179, Vineet Khand ,

Opposite Jaipuria Institute of Management,

Gomti Nagar, Lucknow.

Uttar Pradesh – 227106Ph No: 0522- 4073113 (O)

Mobile: 09936011461, 09565657406

Email id:


Biotech & Pharmaceutical Patenting Conference 2011

Venue: Westin Grand Munich
            Arabella park

Address: Arabellastrasse 6,
                  Munich, Germany

 Registration: Dec 10,2010

Organization: Informa Life Sciences,

CategoriesBusiness: Legal, Quality assurance, Health: Pharma, Science: Life Sciences / Biology, Technology: Biotechnology

Annual International Conference on Advances in Biotechnology (BIOTECH 2011)

28 February 2011 to 1 March 2011
Singapore, Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Singapore, Singapore

Contact name: Conference Secretariat

The Conference Proceedings will be indexed by SCIrus and EBSCO, amongst others. In addition, they will be submitted to EI Compendex, and ISTP for indexing / inclusion subject to acceptence / approval.
Organized by: Global Science and Technology Forum

Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 29 December 2010

Check the event website for latest details.

Bio-IT World Conference & Expo

Apr 12-14, 2011 / Boston, UNITED STATES

Biotech conference held at PU

“There is a need for better interaction between academic institutions and industry in order to bridge the gap between the human resources available and industry requirements and have better career opportunities. Also, for the implementation of research, the academic institutions should have a commercial approach towards research undertaken by the scholars and professionals rather than mere academic accomplishments,” shared Ravi C Dasgupta, vice president-Group HR, Biocon Limited. 

The three day Biotechnica Chandigarh-2010 at Panjab University concluded with a panel discussion comprising eminent personalities including Dr G N Qazi, Prof R C Sobti, Ravi Das Gupta, Vineet Kalia, Dr Parkishit Bansal and Dr Sitaram Kumar on “Career Opportunities in Biotechnology”. 

Dr Parikshit Bansal from NIPER, Mohali delivered a lecture on the case studies of IPR issues in biotechnology and Ravi Das Gupta, Vice President, BIOCON, Banglore elaborated upon the entrepreneurship development and career opportunities in biotechnology. Dr G N Qazi, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard University and Former Director RRL, Jammu motivated the young biotechnologists with his hearty talk on the “Biotechnology from my heart”. Vineet Kalia, Senior Director, Dr Reddy’s Lab emphasized on the need of biotechnology as career and pointed out the shortage of sufficient number of good biotechnologist in the country to cater the industrial and academia needs.

WCS Research Fellowship Program

WCS Research Fellowship Program

United States

OrganizerWildlife: Conservation Society(Research Organisation)

Important Dates

Start Date: 16 November 2010

End Date : 5 January 2011

Deadline: 5 January 2011

Eligibility Undergrad Level

Type of Opportunity Scholarship/Fellowship

The WCS Research Fellowship Program (RFP) is a small grants program administered by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Institute that is designed to build capacity for the next generation of conservationists by supporting individual field research projects that have a clear application to the conservation of threatened wildlife and wild places. The RFP helps train applied conservation scientists from developing countries. Since the RFP's establishment in 1993, over 2,000 proposals totaling over $23 million have been submitted to WCS for funding, of which 300 proposals totaling more than $3 million have been funded. Over 60% of the total funded proposals have come from national conservationists (citizens of the country in which they are conducting their research). All grantees are graduate-level students pursuing masters, doctoral, or veterinary degrees (or equivalents). Collectively, these professionals will help to apply field-tested conservation science to the challenges facing conservation today. WCS seeks projects that are based on sound and innovative conservation science and that encourage conservation practices that can contribute to sustainable development.

Before you apply, we strongly recommend that you send a one-paragraph summary of your intended proposal to fellowship@wcs. org for review and feedback. Please be sure to include the topic of your study (species, place, challenge) and any questions you may have about whether you fulfill the applicant eligibility requirements. Visit the given webpage to see eligibility requirements.

Website :

Website of Opportunity:

Biotechnology Entrepreneur Student Team

Biotechnology Entrepreneur Student Team (BEST): Applications Open

BEST-India (Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Student Teams) is aimed at encouraging young postgraduate and doctoral students in developing biotechnology entrepreneurship and exposing them to issues involved in commercialization of bio-science.

BEST is sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology

(, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and is administered by ABLE – India ( 

Important Dates

Call of Proposal Open : 20th November 2010
Last date of uploading concept notes : 18 January 2011
First Level Screening of Proposals :1st February to 15 March 2011
Second Level Screening for 20 teams : 25 March to 25 May 2011
Announcement of Shortlisted 20 teams : 1 st June 2011
Entrepreneurship Workshop : 26 July to 29 July 2011


Applicants must be students who are pursuing their masters (including 5 year integrated post graduate degree), doctoral degree, BE or B Tech courses or four year professional courses in the area of life sciences (bioscience/biotechnology and/or related subjects) from Indian Universities/Institutes.

The applicants should form a team of 5 students and nominate a team leader. The individual team members may or may not br from the same institute/University. One third of the team members can be from disciplines other than life sciences.
Each team will submit only one entry.
Core biotechnology disciplines under which Concept Notes will be invited include Agriculture, Aquaculture, Alternate Energy/Bio-energy, Bioinformatics, Biological Applications, Bioprocess Engineering, Environment, Food, Human Resource Development, Medical, Medical Diagnostics, Medical devices, Medical Therapeutics, Nanotechnlogy/Nanobiotechnology, and Vaccines.
The proposals could be either for product, service or an application.

Concept Note Structure

The components of the concept notes are given below.
1. Executive Summary (max. 800 Words not exceeding 100 KB)
2. Concept Note (Not exceeding 500KB)
* Concept note title
* Concept and Description of Scientific Ideas
* Market Potential and Commercialization prospects
* Current challenges and roadblocks in the development of the project


The winning teams will be presented with cash awards at ABLE’s BioInvest Conference. The awards are sponsored by DBT.
The 1st Prize will be Rs. 500,000/-,
The 2nd Prize will be Rs. Rs. 300,000/- and
The 3rd Prize will be Rs. 200,000/-.

Conference Displays Stem Cell Research From Across Nation

Research covers facets of skin and hair disorders, hearing loss, and disease treatment

November 3, 2010

“Hearing loss is highly prevalent in our population – certainly something we all begin to experience with age, but I always tell my students: be careful about turning up the volume to high on your iPod. Damage to auditory cells in humans and mammals … is irreparable.” These were the opening words of a speech given by Prof. Andrew Bass, neurobiology and behavior, at the Third Annual Stem Cell Symposium held on Oct. 30. Bass concluded by saying that stem cells are just clearly beginning to make an impact on research to improve hearing loss.

The conference’s opening remarks were given by David Anders, New York State Stem Cell Science (NYSTEM) scientific officer. Dr. Anders explained that NYSTEM was implemented in 2007 with $600 million and an 11-year commitment to advance scientific discoveries in stem cell biology. The mission of the program is “to foster a strong stem cell research community in New York State and to accelerate the growth of scientific knowledge about stem cell biology and the development of therapies and diagnostic methods under the highest ethical, scientific and medical standards for the purpose of alleviating disease and improving human health.”

The morning session of the conference began with Prof. Richard Young, biology, MIT. Young is a member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and his work examines how protein regulators control gene expression in healthy and diseased cells. Dr. Young’s lab discovered that “embryonic stem cell master transcription factors form an interconnected autoregulatory loop, and thus feedback regulates their own expression.”

Young’s research is based on the concept that defects in gene expression can cause several chronic diseases, including “diabetes, cancer, hypertension, immune deficiencies and neurological disorders. Improved understanding of this circuitry should lead to new insights into disease mechanisms and the development of new diagnostics and therapeutics.”

Dr. Angela Christiano, the director of the Center of Human Genetics at Columbia University, discussed the application of stem cell technologies to skin and hair disorders.

Christiano studies genes that cause diseases through modeling a knockout of the gene in mice to test the effect of the gene. She discussed how Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells – cells with the potential to differentiate into multiple types of tissue – can be generated from an individual human dermal fibroblast.

The basic use of this technology has been around for about 30 years, explained Christiano – this is the same principle used to grow in vitro skin for patients with large burns. However, in her research, Christiano used this technique to grow keratinocytes – the predominant cell type in the epidermis – for patients. Her work examined genetic disorders that cause blistering of the skin by identifying their genes and finding the threshold expression at which the skin disorder would manifest. Christiano’s work has also lead to the discovery of several key genes involved in hair growth.

Following the morning session, 19 students from the University presented their work at a poster session. Samantha J. Palmaccio ’11 presented her poster, “Reconstruction of the MIR-376B-CIAP1 Pathway Targets Mammary Cancer Stem Cells,” which focused on “tumor-initiating, tumor propagating or cancer stem cells representing a subpopulation of highly tumorigenic. self-renewing cells believed to be largely responsible for tumor formation and progression in a broad variety of cancers.” The discovery of such cells is of vital importance since they are able to form carcinomas earlier and are able to reconstitute all tumor cell populations more efficiently, explained Palmaccio.

In the afternoon, Prof. Amy Wagers, stem cell and regenerative biology, Harvard University, presented on skeletal muscle stem cells in the muscle pepair and muscle disease. Her research focuses on “defining the factors and mechanisms regulating the migration, expansion and regenerative potential of blood-forming and muscle-forming stem cells.”

Prof. Alexander Nikitin, biomedical sciences, also presented his work. He is leader of the University’s stem cell research program. His work revealed that “both carcinomas and sarcomas associated with deficiency of tumor suppressor genes p53 and Rb arise from the stem cell compartment.”

Nikitin and Prof. Julien Sage, genetics, Stanford, both presented research that showed a side of stem cells applications that had not been investigated before. Stem cells have always been the center of fighting disease because of its applications to tissue regeneration. Now, these scientists have discovered that stem cells are involved in much more than creation and regeneration of healthy tissues; they are also involved in the originations of malignant ones.

Tudorita Tumbar, molecular biology and genetics, was chair of the Stem Cell Symposium Committee. Tumbar explained that the participants of the symposium were selected because they represented the leading edge of their field. Tumbar explained that it is important for the University to see what other people on campus and around the country are doing.

By Yusnier Sonora Lopez

JNCASR Summer Research Fellowship 2011

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research(Research Organisation)

Deadline: 31 December 2010

Eligibility: Undergrad Level,Grad Level,Postgrad Level

Type of Opportunity: Scholarship/Fellowship

The JNCASR was established in 1989 by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. Its main objective is to promote scientific research at the highest level in frontier and interdisciplinary areas of science and Engineering. Summer Research Fellowships Programme is offered by JNCASR in association with Department of Science and Technology and Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, New Delhi. Around 120 Fellowships are awarded each year. Advertisements calling for applications to this programme appear during the month of September last week every year in national newspapers.

Research Areas:

Life Sciences : infections diseases, bioinformatics, developmental biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, life-history evolution, immunology, circadian biology, animal behavior, behavioral ecology, population ecology, evolutionary genetics, experimental evolution.

Chemical Sciences : solid state shemistry, inorganic and physical chemistry, organic chemistry, theoretical quantum chemistry, computer simulations of materials.

Physical Sciences : elementary particle and nulcear physics, relativity and cosmology, condensed matter and statistical physics, semiconductor physics, materials physics, astronomy and astrophysics, laser cooling of atoms, biophysics.

Engineering Sciences : turbulence, stability of fluid flows, two phase flow, experimental fluid mechanics, thermal science, biochemical engineering, polymer engineering, chemical reactor analysis, transport phenomena, interfacial phenomena, process metallurgy, physical metallurgy, ceramics, composite materials, computational biology, signal processing


Atmospheric Sciences : atmospheric boundary layer, near-surface environment, radiation, solar-terrestrial relations, monsoon dynamics, modeling


Science: Students studying in I, II or III year B. Sc., B. V. Sc., M. B. B. S., B. Pharma., and I and II year of M. Sc. course.

Engineering: Students studying in II and III year of B. E. and B.Tech can apply.

Selected students will be given an opportunity to pursue a research project with faculty chosen by the Centre for two months during the April-July period in the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore or other institutions in the country.

Contact Address:

The Program Coordinator, SRFP,

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research,

Jakkur P. O., Bangalore 560 064

Website :

Website of Opportunity:

Email address: