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Siddhartha Mukherjee, Author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” to Open on Keynote Stage at BIO 2019

March 28, 2019

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 28, 2019--The BIO International Convention, the world’s premier life sciences event, will return to Philadelphia, June 3-6. Hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the 2019 event is expected to attract more than 16,000 attendees and 1,800 exhibitors from 67 countries – all who will be welcomed with a timely, keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, physician and oncologist, Siddhartha Mukherjee.

“We are delighted to have Siddhartha Mukherjee as a BIO 2019 keynote speaker as he has redefined our public discourse on human health, medicine and science,” said Jim Greenwood, President and Chief Executive Officer of BIO. “His captivating stories detail the history, challenges and progress of moving the science of genetics and cancer from the lab to the real world, reminding us of how far we’ve come and how much we can’t let anything get in the way of our progress to extend lives and promote cures for those suffering from devastating diseases.”

Named one of Time 100’s most influential people, Mukherjee’s accomplishments in writing and education build on his pioneering work as a cancer physician and researcher. He is the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, and his latest work, New York Times Best Seller, The Gene: An Intimate History.

Mukherjee will address attendees on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at the keynote session from 9:00-10:30AM (EDT). The session is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and is open to attendees with Convention Access or higher.

Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters working full time for print, broadcast or web publications with valid press credentials.

About Siddhartha Mukherjee

Mukherjee is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University, he is a Rhodes Scholar and graduate of Stanford University, University of Oxford, and Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times, and Cell. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, was named winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction. His latest work, New York Times Best Seller, The Gene: An Intimate History, was recognized as one of the most influential books of 2016 by The Washington Post and The New York Times.

About BIO

BIO is the world’s largest trade association representing 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. BIOtechNOW  is BIO’s blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter.  Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.

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