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Conference to Turn Scientists of Color into PA-Based Entrepreneurs Set for November
Date:7/25/2008

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PITTSBURGH, July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- With the life sciences positioned to drive Pennsylvania's economic future, finding an advantage amidst global competition requires finding new and overlooked resources. The bench2BUSINESS 2008 Conference and Awards Celebration, Nov. 8-9, does just that, and will help secure that edge.

The inaugural event will draw some 100 scientific investigators of color to Philadelphia and strengthen their skills and deepen their capacity in the business side of the life sciences industry. It will also showcase those already making an impact as scientific entrepreneurs. In spite of the locale, this is a venture that seeks to pull in participants and support statewide and throughout the Eastern Seaboard. The targeted audience is African Americans, Latinos, and other underrepresented groups of color in the sciences.

It is through greater inclusion that Pennsylvania will be able to harness its full human and fiscal potential and to seize the growth opportunities in the biosciences, said Bernard E. Anderson. The Wharton School economist also chairs the advisory board of industry, academic and government leaders shaping this event. And given the growing position of Greater Pittsburgh in this arena, involvement from this corridor is key to the success of this gathering.

State Rep. Jake Wheatley Jr. co-hosted a briefing on the event for key stakeholders in the area at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG) on Friday to underscore that point. "This is a unique opportunity in our commonwealth to further the awareness, opportunities and exposures to entrepreneurs in this area," Wheatley said.

Industry reports show that Pennsylvania ranks in the Top 5 of biotechnology hotspots in the nation, generating jobs and tax revenues. Still, areas such as Massachusetts and North Carolina are amo
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