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June 5, 2002
Media Advisory:Mayor Mel Lastman kicks-off Bio 2002
Bio 2002 is the world's largest biotech conference. Fifteen thousand delegates
from around the world are expected in Toronto to discuss possible cures for
diseases like cancer and diabetes.

Mayor Mel Lastman and the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Enterprise,
Opportunity and Innovation are featured speakers at the kick-off. Other
speakers include: Alan Gayer, President and CEO of the Hospital for Sick
Children; Carl Feldbaum, President of BIO; and Dr. Chaim Roifman who will
announce the start of Phase 1 clinical trials for a new drug that may result in
a possible treatment for leukaemia.

Toronto Economic Development is proud to support Bio 2002 as part of its
continuing effort to enhance the international competitiveness of the city's
bio-medical industry. Toronto accommodates Canada's largest cluster of biotech
and biomedical companies, employing more people than any other metropolitan
area in North America.

Date: Thursday, June 6
Media Conference: 10 a.m.
Place: The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Ave., Atrium
Photo Op: 10:40 a.m.
Place: Dr. Roifman's lab, Elm Wing, 10th floor

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