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Biotech 2009 conference opens Monday in Raleigh

Posted February 16, 2009 4:01 a.m. EST
Updated February 16, 2009 10:48 a.m. EST

— One of the Southeast's major trade shows for the biotech industry takes off in Raleigh on Monday with a sellout crowd expected.

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the Council for Entrepreneurial Development begin their annual biotech conference.

Hundreds of leaders from Research Triangle Park's biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields will gather to learn about industry topics and trends.

N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue will deliver opening remarks.

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr will open the conference on Tuesday. Sen. Kay Hagan will speak at a luncheon the same day.

Big-name speakers include Quintiles Transnational Corp. chairman and CEO Dennis Gillings, Duke University Health System CEO Dr. Victor Dzau, and Oliver Smithies, a 20-year professor at the University of North Carolina who shared the Nobel Prize for medicine last year for creating a technique to manipulate genes in mice.