Symposium on Biodiversity & Biotechnology

Daniel Gonzalez meton at
Tue Apr 8 23:12:44 EST 1997

I have been asked to announce the following international meeting;

The Second Monroe Wall Symposium on Biodiversity and Biotechnology Bringing Biodiamonds to the Marketplace

Caracas, Venezuela, January 7-10, 1998

Organized and Sponsored by Rutgers University, Nature Biotechnology, The Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University, The University of Sao Paulo, the Iberoamerican Program of Science & Technology for Development (CYTED) and XeChem, Inc.

The symposium will be held in the panoramic setting of the Institute for Advanced Studies of Simon Bolivar University in mountains overlooking Caracas.


The recent explosion in the use of chemical and biological combinatorial strategies for the development of lead compounds in the pharmaceutical industries, and advances in the development of extremely rapid DNA sequencing methods via hybridization and mass spectrometry present unique opportunites to convert the potential diamonds of tropical biodiversity into tangible assets through the creation of novel, technology-based, international research and business partnerships.

The Second Monroe Wall Symposium on Biodiversity & Biotechnology will address these opportunities by bringing together participants for three days of seminars and informal discussions, in which they will learn about the latest advances and possibilities in the applications of molecular technologies to biodiversity prospecting, and have the chance to explore their commercial ramifications.

Registration is limited to 200 participants. Special conference hotel rates and airfares are available, as are a limited number of scholarships for younger scientists from Central and South Americal and the Caribbean.

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