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BIO Highlights the Importance of Care and Use of Animals at 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit

Companies mentioned in this article: Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

WASHINGTON -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Scientists and researchers are actively engaged in finding ways to improve the care and use of animals in biomedical applications and food production. Programming at this year’s Livestock Biotech Summit will address new methods for ensuring optimal care and use of agricultural animals for a range of applications. The 2014 Summit will be held September 16-18, 2014, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

“Can you imagine a time when cures to life threatening diseases are developed faster and at less cost or when technologies to improve the environmental footprint of animal agriculture are common place? These achievements are within reach through biomedical and food animal biotechnology applications,” said Cathy Enright, Executive Vice President of Food and Agriculture at BIO. “We know consumers have questions and we know consumers have questions about the care and use of these animals. This year’s Livestock Biotech Summit programming will stress how researchers are mindful of the care and use of animals for biomedical applications and for food production.”

On Tuesday, September 16, 1:00pm – 2:15pm, BIO will host two sessions focused on Care and Use. “Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Biomedical Applications” will include discussions on the latest knowledge impacting the care and use of livestock animals in research settings and provide attendees with insight to guide their research design and planning.


  • John McGlone, Texas Tech University
  • Kate Ziegerer, USDA-APHIS
  • Chris Newcomer, AAALAC

Following the panel on Care and Use in biomedical applications, the discussion will turn to food production. At 2:30pm – 4:45pm on Tuesday, September 16, BIO will host the session “Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Food Production” during which panelists will discuss what researchers, farmers, and organizations are doing to answer consumer questions about the methods used to raise their food.

Moderator: John McGlone, Texas Tech University

  • Mike Simpson, PAACO
  • Stephen Shepard, FACTA
  • Mike Morris, Yum Brands
  • Robyn Metzger, Wulf Cattle

Visit BIO’s Livestock Biotech Summit website for program updates and news on summit registration, events and speakers. The program will consist of three days of cross cutting discussions among industry, academic and government leaders, covering everything from care and use of agricultural animals in research and production to agricultural animals for both food and biomedical applications.

All Livestock Biotech Summit sessions are open to credentialed media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications. Pre-registration for reporters is now open.

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.

Upcoming BIO Events

BIO Latin America Conference
September 9-11, 2014
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Livestock Biotech Summit
September 16-18, 2014
Sioux Falls, SD

Pacific Rim Summit
December 9-11, 2014
San Diego, CA

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