SOURCE: Burrill & Company

March 24, 2011 12:22 ET

Life Sciences Fueling Economic Growth in Latin America

Burrill & Company Conference Will Feature Business and Investment Opportunities in the Region

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 24, 2011) - Life sciences in Latin America continues to develop at a rapid pace, fueled by supportive national policies encouraging innovation, research & development, and commercialization. Countries such as Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, Chile and Mexico have all made significant progress in building on their resources and capabilities, particularly in the healthcare, agriculture and bio-industrial sectors.

Burrill & Company will be featuring the science, business and investment opportunities that are unfolding from these initiatives, in its inaugural Latin America Life Sciences Conference on May 19-20, 2011 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. This two-day event will bring together CEOs, scientists, corporate executives, financiers, regulators, government officials and academic leaders from around the world to discuss current state of life sciences with industry leaders in Latin America.

"Innovation has become a cornerstone of economic policy in Latin America," said G. Steven Burrill, CEO, Burrill & Company. "It is not surprising that companies, both large and small, are beginning to establish a footprint there or are partnering with local businesses to take advantage of the enormous market potential that is evolving. Our conference provides an exceptional opportunity for deal making among companies and academic institutions involved in technology transfer."

Keynote Speakers
The pharmaceutical sector is predicted to grow rapidly in Latin America and keynote speaker, Jeff Kindler, Former CEO, Pfizer Inc., will provide an in-depth look at Big Pharma's global strategies.

Dr. Hans Keirstead, Associate Professor, University of California-Irvine, will describe the discovery and development of the first FDA-approved human embryonic stem cell trial for spinal cord injury.

Panel Discussions
During the two-day event there will be several informative panels on the following topics:

  • Regional advances and challenges in investments, R&D and commercialization of biotechnology products in Latin America
  • Intellectual Property and Patents: A regional perspective
  • Government and private initiatives to foster the industry of innovation
  • Biofuels and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Case studies and successful strategies to advance life sciences R&D in Latin America

This unique meeting provides an opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge on the emerging bio-based economy in Latin America, as well as access to thought leaders who will shape its future. To register for this event and for additional information, visit www.burrillandco.com/Latin_America_2011/

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