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Source: BIO news release

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today Dr. Calestous Juma, Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and Dr. Jim Murray, Professor at the University of California at Davis will deliver the keynote addresses at the 2014 BIO Livestock Biotech Summit, which takes place September 16-18, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

This unique conference, focused on developing global solutions through animal biotechnology, will draw international attendees including researchers, regulators, investors, and industry executives and will feature sessions on the development of food and biomedical applications through animal biotechnology.

Dr. Juma is an internationally acclaimed expert on sustainable development and longtime advocate of meeting the food demands of a rapidly growing global population through biotechnology. He will deliver the opening keynote address on September 16th on the role of biotechnology in feeding the world.

Known for his longtime contribution to field of genetically engineered (GE) animals, Dr. Murray will deliver the closing keynote address on September 18th. He has been instrumental in developing the animal biotechnology community through his research and his Transgenic Animal Research Conference, at which cutting edge research is discussed by experts from around the world.

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Juma and Dr. Murray speak at this year's Livestock Biotech Summit," said David Edwards, director of Animal Biotechnology at BIO. "As leaders in the field of using technology to feed the world, these gentlemen will provide attendees with a first-hand look at opportunities for animal biotechnology to positively impact people's diets and health."

Visit BIO's Livestock Biotech Summit website for program updates and news on summit registration, events and speakers. The program will consist of three days of cross cutting discussions among industry, academic and government leaders, covering everything from care and use of agricultural animals in research and production to agricultural animals for both food and biomedical applications.

All Livestock Biotech Summit sessions are open to credentialed media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications. Pre-registration for reporters is now open.

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 BIOtechNOW, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling "innovations transforming our world." Subscribe to BIOtechNOW.

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