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Bio•IT World Expo Announces 2008 Keynote Speakers


Nov. 13, 2007 | Bio•IT World has announced the three keynote speakers for its sixth annual Conference & Expo, to be held in Boston next spring (April 28-30).

Linda Avey is the co-founder of 23andMe, the Bay Area consumer genomics start-up. She previously worked in business development for Affymetrix and Perlegen Sciences. Prior to that, Avey had stints at Spotfire and Applied Biosystems. She founded 23andMe with Anne Wojcicki, wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin (Google is also an investor in 23andMe).
Wednesday morning, April 30, 2008.

Joshua Boger, Ph.D., is founder, president, and CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Boger has served as CEO since 1992, and has also served as chairman and president, and chief scientific officer. Prior to founding Vertex in 1989, Boger was senior director of basic chemistry at Merck Sharp & Dohme. His early years at Vertex were featured in Barry Werth’s classic biotechnology book, The Billion Dollar Molecule.
Tuesday morning, April 29, 2008.

John Reynders, Ph.D., is the newly appointed CIO for Johnson & Johnson’s Life Sciences Division. He was previously the information officer for Lilly Research Laboratories — discovery and development informatics. Reynders joined Lilly from Celera, where he was VP for informatics and information systems, where he was responsible for all supercomputing capabilities, discovery software engineering, and enterprise system infrastructure.
Monday afternoon, April 28, 2008.

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