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The Scripps Research Institute and Oxford University Open International Biotechnology Conference Today

World Experts in Palm Beach to Discuss Latest Developments in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Bio-medicine

Research Advances in Neurodegenerative Diseases in Aging Are Topics of Pre-Conference

Palm Beach, FL, November 13, 2005—The Scripps Research Institute and Oxford University today opened the inaugural Scripps/Oxford International Biotechnology Conference at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.

The theme of the conference, "Building a New Model for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Bio-medicine," includes presentations and panel discussions by leading scientists and business executives from around the world about the state of the art in essential areas of biomedical research, while addressing biotechnology development from a scientific point of view.

Today's pre-conference is focusing on advances in research on neurodegenerative diseases of aging and technologies for drug discovery.

Some 300 attendees and presenters have gathered for the three days of presentations, lectures, and panel discussions. The complete agendas for the pre-conference and conference are available at:

Among the distinguished presenters at the main conference are:

  • Frederick Frank, Vice Chairman, Lehman Brothers: The Episodic Transformation of the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Present Convergence with the Biotechnology Industry.
  • Raymond Dwek, D.Phil, Director of the Glycobiology Institute, Department of Biochemistry, Oxford University:Gylcosylation and Disease and John Bell, D.Phil., Regius Professor of Clinical Medicine, Oxford University: Genetic susceptibility to Disease.
  • Richard Hargreaves, Ph.D., Executive Director, Merck Research Laboratories: Innovative Imaging Technologies.
  • Paul R. Schimmel, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology, The Scripps Research Institute: Novel Antiangiogenic Strategies.
  • Inder M. Verma, Ph.D., Professor, The Salk Institute; Alain Fischer, Ph.D., Professor, Hospital Necker, Paris; and Shimon Efrat, Ph.D., Professor, Tel Aviv University: Stem Cell and Gene Therapy.
  • Presenters from the Whitehead Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, the University of Amsterdam, and the Institute for Systems Biology on the latest cancer research.

Topics for presentation and discussion at today's pre-conference include Understanding Neurodegeneration and Cutting-Edge Technology and Neuroscience and Therapeutic Applications from a Public Perspective.

Conference sponsors include: Lehman Brothers; Siemens; Ernst & Young; Greenberg Traurig; Edwards & Angell, LLP; Ivax; C/max; Amgen; Korn/Ferry International; NeoRx; Florida High Tech Corridor; Florida Trend, and Scripps Florida.

The Scripps/Oxford conference builds on the collaboration of the two institutions in the Skaggs Oxford Scholarships Program, named for supermarket and drugstore magnate L.S. Skaggs and his wife, Aline, that trains young scientists at the doctoral level at both world-renowned institutions.

About The Scripps Research Institute

The Scripps Research Institute, headquartered in La Jolla, California, in 14 buildings on 10 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is one of the world's largest independent, non-profit biomedical research organizations.  It stands at the forefront of basic biomedical science that seeks to comprehend the most fundamental processes of life. Scripps Research is internationally recognized for its research into immunology, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, neurosciences, autoimmune, cardiovascular, and infectious diseases, and synthetic vaccine development. Established in its current configuration in 1961, it employs approximately 3,000 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, scientific and other technicians, doctoral degree graduate students, and administrative and technical support personnel.

Scripps Florida, a 364,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art biomedical research facility, is under construction in Palm Beach County.  The facility will focus on basic biomedical science, drug discovery, and technology development. Palm Beach County and the State of Florida have provided start-up economic packages for development, building, staffing, and equipping the campus. Scripps Florida now operates with approximately 150 scientists, technicians, and administrative staff at 40,000 square-foot lab facilities on the Florida Atlantic University campus in Jupiter. 

About Oxford University

The University of Oxford is the oldest English-speaking university in the world, having been in existence for over 800 years. It is a world-class research institution, undertaking research in a huge range of subjects across Life and Environmental Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Medical Sciences and Education. It has a student population of over 16,500, both undergraduate and postgraduate.

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