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Xconomy Launches XSITE 2009; First Annual Xconomy Summit on Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at Boston University
Date:5/7/2009

New England's Academic and Industry Leaders Discuss Future of Life Sciences, Energy and IT Sectors, Showcase Start-Ups

Cambridge, Mass., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Xconomy, the authoritative voice on business and technology in the exponential economy, has partnered with Boston University's Office of Technology Development to announce XSITE 2009 -- the first annual Xconomy Summit on Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship showcasing innovation in New England. With the theme, "The Recovery Starts Here," XSITE 2009 at Boston University will bring together top CEOs at large and small companies, university leaders, students and world-class innovators, who are shaping their fields and defining our future.

XSITE 2009 will take place on June 24 from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Boston University School of Management. For information about the agenda and registration, go to http://www.xsite2009.com. Follow @XconomyXSITE on Twitter (hash tag #xsite09).

Among the list of participating industry, venture capital and academic leaders are: Juan Enriquez of Biotechonomy, Nobel Laureate Phil Sharp of MIT, Microsoft Startup Labs Managing Director Reed Sturtevant, Boston Power CEO Christina Lampe-Onnerud, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals CEO John Maraganore, Boston Scientific Co-founder John Abele, and Yet-Ming Chiang, co-founder of A123Systems.

Start-ups represented include: black silicon developer SiOnyx, industrial robot maker Kiva Systems, and Satori Pharmaceuticals, which is developing a pill to fight Alzheimer's disease. With these and other participants, XSITE 2009 will focus on how current innovators and innovations in the life sciences, energy/cleantech and IT industries are influencing the business and economic landscape of New England, and the overall competitiveness of the U.S.

"Given the transformative effect of universities, start-ups and large organizations in this region, as well as its entrepreneurial student population, New England is a major force of innovation in fields as diverse as energy, life sciences, robotics, cloud and mobile computing, and transportation," said Bob Buderi, founder and editor-in-chief of Xconomy. "We envision this summit as the first in an annual series of events held in partnership with Boston University's Office of Technology Development, which represents a great educational institution rising to the innovation challenge. Together, we aim to shine the spotlight on the short- and long-term impact of New England on the world's economic future."

The Summit's intimate setting will provide a backdrop for high-impact presentations and unique, interactive sessions. In true entrepreneurial form, XSITE will unveil several stealth-mode companies. And a dozen of the region's most promising emerging firms in IT, life sciences and energy will show their stuff at XSITE Xpo, a rapid-fire session with audience voting on which companies will be the most transformative.

"High-tech and life sciences innovation holds the key to our nation's economic health and long-term competitiveness," said Andrei Ruckenstein, vice president and associate provost for research at Boston University. "Our partnership with Xconomy underscores our view that New England has the opportunity to be a catalyst for recovery. Collectively, our academic institutions, entrepreneurial and venture capital communities, and core industries offer huge potential to drive growth. We view XSITE 2009 as a forum for bringing together New England's innovation community around this important goal."

BU President Bob Brown will offer opening remarks, kicking off a keynote session that includes a morning panel entitled, "Laying the Foundation for the Future," featuring Massachusetts university and industry leaders. Other sessions rounding out the morning include: "Executive Chat: Investing in Innovation" and "Meet the Innovators: New Ideas and Ventures That Will Power New England's Growth."

During the afternoon, attendees will participate in breakout sessions on life sciences, energy/cleantech and IT, and hear firsthand how New England's start-ups, large companies, and individual innovators are creating and driving dynamic change.

Xconomy and Boston University's Office of Technology Development plan to hold a series of meetings throughout the year to follow up on some of the issues raised at XSITE.

About Xconomy

Xconomy is an innovative news and events organization based in Cambridge, MA. It is dedicated to providing business and technology leaders with timely, insightful, close-to-the-scene information about the local personalities, companies, and technological trends that best exemplify today's high-tech economy. Xconomy is staffed by world-class journalists and media professionals, and supported by "the Xconomists," who include some of the world's leading innovators. As New England's leading voice on innovation, Xconomy.com draws more than 170,000 unique visitors each month.

About the Boston University Office of Technology Development

The mission of the Office of Technology Development (OTD) is to promote commercialization of technologies arising from Boston University faculty research. Whether it begins with novel concepts, mature academic technologies or emerging companies, OTD's suite of support services and expertise provides the opportunity to achieve success at every stage along the commercialization pipeline.

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    Bob Buderi                                Emily Fisher or Davida Dinerman
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