[Edited June 27, 2012]
RALEIGH — How are horseshoe crabs helping to improve vaccines? How are Gila monsters helping with diabetes research? Find out at Biotechnology Day, a new event from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, held Saturday, June 30 from 9am to 4pm. Free. Discover the importance of biotechnology to the economy of North Carolina as well as to your daily life.
Enjoy presentations ranging from “Why Are Drugs So Expensive?” with Clare Matti of the Duke Clinical Research Institute, to “A Day in the Life of Beer” with Lonerider Brewing Company CEO Sumit Vohra. Meet live animals — including the venomous Gila monster and blue-blooded horseshoe crab as well as the African clawed frog and unusually colored corn snakes — and discover their roles in the biotechnology industry. Participate in hands-on demonstrations (learn the tools of the trade), experiments (Kool-aid column chromatography), and crafts (DNA origami).
Visitors can also learn about new CPR technologies from the Duke Heart Center or plant-based vaccines from Medicago. Other exhibitors include BASF, Bayer Crop Science, Biogen Idec, NC State University BTEC, BioNetwork Capstone Center, BRITE, Campbell University, Duke Clinical Research Institute, East Carolina University, FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, GrassRoots Biotechnology, ISPE, Environmental Protection Agency, Intrexon, Kelly Scientific Resources, Johnston County Community College, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, North Carolina FFA, NC State University Plant Pathology, Novozymes and Pfizer.
The event is created in collaboration with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) and with support from Kelly Services.