Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sir Elton to Speak at Biotech Conference

Elton John will deliver a keynote address at the BIO International Convention in Atlanta in May, industry officials announced Tuesday.

The singer and part-time Atlanta resident will speak about how biotechnology has affected prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, and about future challenges related to the disease.

The annual biotech convention is expected to draw 20,000 people to the Georgia World Congress Center.

“For many years, we have been deeply impressed by Sir Elton John’s longstanding commitment to the fight against AIDS and his efforts to raise money for HIV/AIDS charitable organizations,” said James Greenwood, BIO president. “We share a common vision when it comes to solving some of the world’s most challenging health problems, like HIV/AIDS.”

BIO represents more than 1,200 biotech companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations. The nonprofit Elton John AIDS Foundation supports prevention programs, care and support services, and efforts to eliminate stigma.

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