BIO IT Coalition Presents Events at Mason

Posted: April 21, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason is a sponsor of “Sequencing the Genome: Creating an Industry and a Workforce,” a series of events on Tuesday, April 26, that celebrate the growing convergence of biologic sciences and information technology. The event is organized by the BIO IT Coalition, a group that encourages business growth through education, collaboration, innovation, and partnership.

The first event is a Workforce Panel from 2:45 to 4 p.m. in the Concert Hall’s Grand Tier. Local industry experts will discuss the top trends in the BIO IT and key workforce issues. This session is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is requested by sending an e-mail to

Immediately following the panel will be the First Annual BIO IT Awards ceremony and cocktail reception with a cash bar. Awards presented will be Company of the Year, Innovation of the Year, Visionary of the Year, and Business Catalyst of the Year.

At 5:30 p.m., the festivities move to George’s Restaurant in the Johnson Center for the sponsors and awards dinner. The cost is $50.00 per person; register and pay online.

Merging art and science in a unique and effective way, a first-ever performance of The Sequence, a play about the race to sequence the human genome, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in TheaterSpace. The play is set locally and traces the stories of Francis Collins, former head of the National Institutes of Health, and Craig Venter, CEO of Celera Genomics, as they work to be the first to sequence the genome. Award-winning playwright Paul Mullin will be on hand after the performance to answer questions and discuss his work. A reception with dessert will follow.

“The unique art of drama can, through plays about science, help audiences understand the issues underlying society’s big questions,” says Rick Davis, associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and director of the play. “Plays that address the intersection of life, art, and science can inform, open minds, and frame big questions through plot, character and action.”

Tickets for The Sequence are $10 and can be purchased through the coalition’s web site; pick up tickets at the “Will Call” window at the theater.

For more information about the workforce panel, awards, or play, call Eileen Mandell at 202-220-1402 or e-mail

Other event sponsors are Pepper Hamilton LLP, Sage Communications, and Sutton Partners.

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