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June 11, 2003

1st Cytokine Genomics RNAi Meeting in Boston
June 11, 2003, Wednesday, 4:00 - 10:00 pm at MIT
Organized by Student Vision and Sponsored by ActoKine Therapeutics

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In honor of the Life and Works of Dr. Linus Pauling
Dr. Pauling won two Nobel Prizes - in 1954 for Chemistry and in 1962 for Peace.

The goals of this meeting are:
To share ideas on Cytokine Genomic RNAi biotechnologies in drug discovery
To encourage biotech collaboration between academic institutions and Biotech drug companies

The topics are:
1. Overview of cytokine genomics research for drug discovery
2. Overview of RNAi technology for target gene validation

Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Time: 4:00 - 9:30 pm
Location: MIT Faculty Club. 50 Memorial Drive - 6th Floor, Cambridge, MA. Parking is available at the Sloan lot on Main Street off Wadsworth Street. Click here for directions to MIT.

Target Audience: People who are interested in biotechnologies.
Speakers: 13 speakers from biotech and pharmaceutical companies.


4:00 - 5:30 pm Networking and buffet dinner

Moderator: Ramesh Hariharan, PhD, MIT, Smart pitch
5:30 - 5:50 pm Jim Dasch, PhD, Actokine Therapeutics (Topic: Cytokines)
5:50 - 6:10 pm Sridaran Natesan, PhD, Aventis (Topic: Genomics)
6:10 - 6:30 pm Grace Wong, PhD, Founder of Student Vision & ActoKine Therapeutics

6:30 - 6:50 pm Break & buffet dinner + Who's Who competition

Moderator and Smart Pitch: Brian Hennessey, MIT
6:40 - 7:00 pm Martin Scott, PhD, Biogen (RNAi Technology)
7:00 - 7:20 pm Joanne Kamens, PhD, Abbott (RNAi Technology)
7:20 - 7:50 pm David White, PhD, Millennium (RNAi data show)
7:50 - 8:10 pm Steve Gullans, PhD, US Genomics (RNAi Technology)

8:10 - 8:30 pm Break & buffet dinner
Moderator: Sonia Wallman, PhD, New Hampshire Biotech Education
8:30 - 8:50 pm Panel Discussion:
                     Arthur Pardee, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Harvard
                     Mark Tepper, PhD, Thermogenic Imaging
                     Louis Tartaglia, PhD, Millennium Pharmaceuticals

Moderator: Sonia Guterman, PhD, Mintz Levin
8:50 - 9:20 pm Panel Discussion:
                     Sridhar Iyengar, PhD, AgaMatrix
                     Sunny Tam, PhD, Charles River Lab
                     Sridaran Natesan, PhD, Aventis

9:20 - 9:30 pm Winners of Trivia Contest: Gift from Dr. Linus Pauling Jr.
How many cytokine drugs produced by recombinant DNA biotechnology have been approved by the FDA, and what are their names?

9:30 - 10:00 pm Networking and one-on-one meetings

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