Bio-Computing Day at SC09 to Feature One of the World`s Leading Scientists in Molecular Biotechnology and Genomics

Fri Sep 4, 2009 9:00am EDT

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Dr. Leroy Hood Selected as Plenary Speaker for the 22nd Annual Supercomputing
Conference, SC09
PORTLAND, Ore.--(Business Wire)--
SC09, the 22nd annual event in the SC conference series, recognized globally as
the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking,
storage and analysis, announced today it has selected world renowned Biologist,
Dr. Leroy Hood, as a plenary speaker. Dr. Hood will be discussing the new
direction of what is referred to as `P4` in medicine -- predictive,
personalized, preventive and participatory, and how it will affect healthcare in
the future. 

Dr. Hood is currently the President and Co-Founder of the Institute for Systems
Biology, focusing on pioneering systems biology, the platform for P4 medicine.
Dr. Hood is a renowned author, speaker, and holds numerous patents and several
awards for his research on DNA sequencing. He is a well known advocate for
making science education and research accessible and understandable to the
general public, especially children. 

Most recently, Dr. Hood's lifelong contributions to biotechnology have earned
him the prestigious 2004 Biotechnology Heritage Award, and for his pioneering
efforts in molecular diagnostics, the 2003 Association for Molecular Pathology
(AMP) Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics. In 2006 he received the
Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy and Employment for his extraordinary
breakthroughs in biomedical science at the genetic level. In 2007 he was elected
to the Inventors Hall of Fame (for the automated DNA sequencer). He has
published more than 650 peer-reviewed papers, received 14 patents, and has
co-authored textbooks in biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, and
genetics and is just finishing a text book on systems biology. In addition, he
coauthored with Dan Keveles a popular book on the human genome project, The Code
of Codes. 

Dr. Hood will be speaking at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18th, to kick off
Bio-Computing Day at SC09. Approximately 11,000 attendees will descend on
Portland, Oregon for SC09, many of whom are leading computational scientists,
researchers, and supercomputing experts from around the globe, working on High
Performance Computing (HPC) platforms and supercomputers researching
life-changing issues such as disease understanding, drug discovery, renewable
energy, and global climate change. 

SC09 has adopted the theme of "Computing for a Changing World." In addition to
Bio-Computing, the conference will include a special focus on initiatives
related to Sustainability and the 3D Internet. 

The SC09 exhibition hall will feature more than 275 participating organizations
as exhibitors, covering 255,000 sq. ft. of floor space. 

About SC09

SC09, sponsored by ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and the IEEE
Computer Society, offers a complete technical education program and exhibition
to showcase the many ways high performance computing, networking, storage and
analysis lead to advances in scientific discovery, research, education and
commerce. This premier international conference includes a globally attended
technical program, workshops, tutorials, an exhibit area, demonstrations and
hands-on learning. The SC conference series is among Tradeshow Week magazine's
Top 200 events. For more information on SC09, please visit 

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