Mary Harney has agreed to speak at Cordia because of the "importance of the biotechnology industry to the whole of Europe in creating wealth, employment and innovation"
The Irish deputy prime minister and the incoming president of the
EU Competitiveness Council from next January, Mary Harney, has
agreed to speak at the opening plenary session of Cordia -
EuropaBio Convention 2003, on 2 December, in Vienna, Austria.
Mary Harney is a highly respected and admired politician and is
the first woman in Ireland to have led her party in an election
campaign and into negotiations to form a government.
woman deputy prime minister and minister for enterprise, trade
and employment she has made important contributions to
Ireland's recent boom in the biotech industry.
the fact that the industry started developing only recently in
Ireland, it is already a huge success story with well over 30 new
companies created, nine out of the ten leading pharma companies
located within the country and a euro 2.5bn programme of Irish
government support between 2000 and 2006 for research,
development and innovation.
Based on a tradition of scientific
excellence and entrepreneurship the country also attracts strong
EU funding and has been very successful in attracting inward
investment for biopharmaceutical manufacturing with recent major
investments by Wyeth, Genzyme and Genemedix.
Mary Harney has
agreed to speak at Cordia because of the "importance of the
biotechnology industry to the whole of Europe in creating wealth,
employment and innovation".
The keynote speakers will put
Europe's assets under the microscope from a political,
scientific, social and industrial perspective, and will present a
framework for improving the global competitiveness of the
European biotechnology community and for meeting society's
needs more effectively.
Cordia will take place from 2-4 December
2003 in Vienna, Austria.