Biotechnology Products and the Public

Center for Food & Nutrition Policy & The Ceres Forum ™ ceres at EROLS.COM
Tue Jun 11 12:22:48 EST 1996

Announcing a seminar organized by the Georgetown Center for Food and
Nutrtion Policy and the Ceres Forum=99 in collaboration with The Jackson
Laboratory, Bar Harbor Maine


July 27-August 1, 1996
Bar Harbor, Maine

Major new technologies are seldom understood by the public --
biotechnology is no exception.  While it promises a cornucopia of
products that may enhance human life, there are perceived risks as well.
This new seminar will feature experts from academia, government and
industry who will review the science of biotechnology--including
applications in pharmaceuticals, plants, animals, the human genome
project, environmental remediation and food safety.  Participants will
then examine the public policy and regulatory processes involved in
assuring the safety of the products of biotechnology and explore
societal concerns that persist regarding such issues as biodiversity,
ethics and animal rights.  Finally, the seminar will address the effect
of public opinion on international commerce and how communication with
the public about new technologies might be enhanced.

Seminar on Biotechnology:  Products, Policy and the Public
July 27-August 1, 1996 =80 Jackson Laboratory =80 Bar Harbor, Maine

Steering Committee:   Gerald Gaull and Robin Woo, Georgetown Center for
Food and Nutrition Policy; Barbara Knowles and Kenneth Paigen, Jackson

Sat 7/27        Conversation with the Press (10:00 am-2:00 pm)
                Registration (5:00-8:00 pm)
                Keynote Address (8:00-9:00 pm)
                        Arthur Kornberg, Stanford Univ
Sun 7/28        Overview (9:00-9:30 am)
                        Gerald Gaull, Georgetown CFNP
                        Robin Woo, Georgetown CFNP
                                "Players and issues"
 Science and Industry of Biotechnology-I (9:45 am-12:45 pm)
                Moderator:  Barbara Knowles, Jackson Lab
                                Roy Fuchs, Ceregen/Monsanto
                                Charles Arntzen, Boyce Thompson=20
                                Rita Colwell, Univ of Maryland
                                Kenneth Paigen, Jackson Lab

        Special Lecture (2:00-2:30 pm)
Genomics:  The Interface between Academia and Industry, Animals and
                        William Haseltine, Human Genome Sciences Inc

Societal Implications and Public Acceptance-I (2:30-6:30 pm)
                Moderator:  Gerald Gaull, Georgetown CFNP
                                Thomas Hoban, North Carolina State Univ
                                Maurice Lex, European Commission DG XII
Scientific Advocacy and Public Relations
                                Steve Daugherty, Pioneer Hi-Bred
                                Margaret Mellon, Union of Concerned=20
Role of the Media [case study]
                                Paul Raeburn, Business Week
Mon 7/29        Science and Industry of Biotechnology-II (9:00 am-12:00=20
                Moderator:  Kenneth Paigen, Jackson Lab
                                Martin Rosenberg, Smith Kline=20
                                Axel Ullrich, Max-Planck Inst
Food Biotechnology
                                Susan Harlander, Pillsbury

Societal Implications and Public Acceptance-II (1:30-5:30 pm)
                Moderator:  Robin Woo, Georgetown CFNP
                Public Perception of Risk
                                Sheldon Krimsky, Tufts University
                Religion and Ethics
                                Ed Golub, Pacific Ctr for Ethics and=20
Applied Biology
                                Solomon Katz, Univ of Pennsylvania
                Animal Rights [case study]
                                Martin Stephens, Humane Society of the=20
                                George Hersbach, Pharming
                Economics, Sustainable Agriculture and Developing=20
                                Robert Herdt, Rockefeller Fndn

Tue 7/30
Public Policy and Regulatory Issues (9:00-11:00 am)
                Moderator:  Susan Harlander, Pillsbury
                        Lynn Goldman, EPA-Office of Prevention,=20
Pesticides and Toxic
                        John Payne, USDA-APHIS
                        Geraldine Schofield, Unilever
                        Laura Tarantino, FDA-CFSAN
        Labeling Biotechnology Products (11:15 am-12:30 pm) [case study]
                        Kristin Schreiber, European Commission DG III
                        Laura Tarantino, FDA
                        Robin Woo, Georgetown CFNP
Wed 7/31
        The Hoechst Experience (8:30-9:30 am) [case study]
                        Gerald Gaull, Georgetown CFNP

        Global Implications-I (9:30 am-12:30 pm)
                Moderator:  Caroline Jackson, European Parliament
        Europe and the EC
                                Maurice Lex, European Commission DG-XII
                                Louise van Vloten-Doting, Ministry of=20
Agriculture, Nature Management
and Fisheries, The Netherlands
        Biodiversity [case study]
                                Whendee Silver, Boston University
                                Thomas Lovejoy, Smithsonian Inst

        Global Implications-II (1:30-4:30 pm)
                Moderator:  Maurice Lex, European Commission DG XII
                Trade Barriers [case study]
                                Caroline Jackson, European Parliament
                                James Murphy, US Trade Representative's=20
                Intellectual Property [case study]
                                John McDonnell, Allegretti & Witcoff

Registration fee:
(includes reception, lunches & coffee breaks; educational materials)
Non Profit              $300
For Profit              $500

For further information, contact Courses and Meetings
Phone:  (207) 288-6260
Fax:            (207) 288-8254
E-mail: training at
Web site
Application Deadline:  July 1, 1996

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