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TITLE:  Biotechnology in the Global Economy
SOURCE: Harvard University, Calestous Juma
DATE:   May 26, 1999

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Center for International Development at Harvard University 2-3
September 1999


The introduction of biotechnology in the global economy has
prompted extensive public debate on the role of science and
technology in global society. Following the successful splicing
of the gene in the late 1970s, policy makers and analysts have
suggested that biotechnology could transform economic systems in
unprecedented ways. Start-firms and university-based research
dominated the scene a decade ago. Today the biotechnology
industry is complex network of major corporations, research
institutions and other activities that are integral to national
and global systems of innovation. Biotechnology is a result of
the convergence of a wide range of technological systems to form
a common platform for the production of a broad variety of
agricultural, pharmaceutical and environmental productions. These
structural changes have been accompanied by concerns over the
risks posed by the technology.

The Center for International Development and the Belfer Center
for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University are
organizing an International Conference on Biotechnology in the
Global Economy on 2-3 September 1999 at Harvard University. The
conference will address the implications of biotechnology for:

(a) international trade;
(b) intellectual property rights;
(c) biodiversity prospecting;
(d) developing countries;
(e) human and environmental safety; and
(f) social values.

Emphasis will be placed on the relationships between
biotechnology and institutional change around the world. It will
build on the premise that maximizing the benefits of
biotechnology and minimizing its risks will require adjustments
in existing institutions (defined to include organizations, laws,
regulations, administrative practices and social routines that
are a large part of our cultural heritage). In addition, the
design of technological systems needs to take into account social

The conference will bring together researchers, entrepreneurs,
political leaders, policy makers, practitioners and civil
society. It will foster dialogue between these groups through
roundtable sessions on specific themes. Discussions will use case
studies to promote the sharing of experiences and information.
The outcomes of these discussions will be used to formulate
research agendas, guide further policy discussions and contribute
to the shaping of training and educational material on
biotechnology and public policy.

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14:00-16:00 Registration

16:00-17:30 Opening Event Opening Address: Science and Economy in
            the New Millennium

17:30-18:30 Break

18:30-19:30 Reception

19:30-21:30 Dinner Dinner Address: Science, Technology and
            International Development


07:00-08:00 Breakfast

08:00-09:00 Plenary Session Keynote Address: Biotechnology in the
            Global Economy

09:00-09:15 Break

09:15-10:45 Parallel Sessions
            Session I:    Evolution of the Biotechnology Industry
            Session II:   Biotechnology in International Trade
            Session III:  Intellectual Property Rights in

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 Parallel Sessions
            Session IV:   Biotechnology and International
            Session V:    Biodiversity Prospecting
            Session VI:   Biotechnology in Developing Countries

12:30-14:00 Lunch
            Luncheon Address: Biotechnology and the Public

14:00-15:30 Parallel Sessions
            Session VII:  Environmental Aspects of Biotechnology
            Session VIII: Biotechnology and Human Health
            Session: IX:  Social Values and Biotechnology

15:30-15:45 Break

15:45-16:45 Closing Event
            Closing Address:   Biotechnology and the New Society 


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