Research, industry leaders convene for Tech Summit

Pacific Northwest technology leaders and Gov. Chris Gregoire and will convene in Bellevue April 12 for the 2007 Washington State Technology Summit.

The Washington State Technology Summit — an annual event that brings together the region’s entrepreneurs, researchers, industry executives, government officials, civic leaders and economic development champions — is designed to collectively examine technology innovation and the growth of Washington’s industries.

Summit participants will discuss opportunities available within the global high-tech marketplace and learn what companies in Washington state are doing to make their businesses successful in their global endeavors. This year’s tech summit will focus on emerging technologies in four sectors: energy, life sciences, nanotechnology, wireless communications and telecommunications.

The event begins with a keynote speech by Gov. Chris Gregoire and follows with panel discussions with industry leaders such as Karen Hedine, president and CEO of Micronics, and Scott Jackson, vice president, external relations, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH).

Additional highlights of the summit include a luncheon keynote speech by Peter Andrews, Queensland chief scientist, Australia, on global life sciences partnering; and more than 40 industry speakers and panelists such as:

* Lewis Rumpler, COO of the Institute for Systems Medicine in Spokane, who will speak about the bold plan that he and others are creating to help transform the vision of personalized medicine into a reality for the future.
* Tom Huseby, managing partner of SeaPoint Ventures, who will share his views on how the state of Washington is participating in, and can take advantage of, the global business potential and opportunities in the area of Wireless and Telecommunications.
* Patricia Irving, Ph.D., president and CEO of InnovaTek (Richland) regarding the  partnership they recently formed with the Chevron Corporation in the area of hydrogen generation.
* Pete Lancaster, Ph.D., scientific advisor at Weyerhaeuser who will share the plans for incorporating nanotechnology into Weyerhaeuser’s products.
Registration is $199 at www.watechcenter.orgagenda, and speaker biographies are available on the Washington Technology Center website at For more information call 206-685-1920.

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