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    UNIS/OUS/018
    25 March 2010

    Reissued as received

    UNIDO to Inaugurate International Industrial Biotechnology Network at Vienna Event

    VIENNA, 25 March (UN Information Service) - Nobel Prize laureates Richard Roberts and Werner Arber will take part in the inauguration of an International Industrial Biotechnology Network during a Symposium hosted by UNIDO in Vienna on Monday.

    The event is being organized together with the Institute of Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries and the University of Ghent (Belgium).

    The International Industrial Biotechnology Network was designed to assist its members in accessing and developing biotechnologies for sustainable industrial development. It aims to create partnerships between public research institutions, industry and regulatory agencies, and consists of research institutes and technology groups committed to sharing expertise and technology resources.

    The Network will focus on new opportunities that biotechnology techniques offer to utilize plant biomass and biodiversity for the development of added-value products.

    Participants at the Symposium will look at current global trends and technological developments, the implications of technology transfer, as well as at bio-products and bio-processes relevant to regions compromised by climate change and ecological erosion.

    The United Nations proclaimed 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity.

    UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, will open the event.

    Journalists are invited to attend the Symposium, which opens at 10:00 hours, on Monday, 29 March, in room M03 of the M Buidling, Vienna International Centre.

    To visit the International Industrial Biotechnology Network website, please go here: http://indbiotech.net/

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    Mikhail Evstafyev
    UNIDO Advocacy and media specialist
    Mobile: (+43-650) 391-5278
    Email: m.evstafyev@unido.org

    Or write to: communications@unido.org