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June 6, 2002
All three levels of government support BIO 2002
  
BIO 2002, the world's largest biotech conference was successfully launched at
the Hospital for Sick Children today. Speakers included:

Alan Gayer, President and CEO of the Hospital for Sick Children;
Carl Feldbaum, President of BIO; Mayor Mel Lastman; Honourable Jim Flaherty,
Minister of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation;
Honourable David Collenette, Minister of Transport and GTA; and
Dr. Manuel Buchwald, Chief of Research, Hospital for Sick Children.

"We are thrilled to have BIO 2002 in Toronto - North America's biotechnology
and biomedical research capital," said Mayor Mel Lastman. "This city has been
famous for medical discovery since Banting and Best discovered insulin here
many years ago. Conference delegates are going to love being here - and we're
going to love having them."

About 15,000 delegates are expected to arrive from all corners of the world for
BIO 2002 that is being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from June 9
to 12. For more information on the conference, contact www.bio.org.


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