Irish deputy PM to address EuropaBio

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Mary Harney, the Irish Deputy Prime Minister and incoming President
of the European Union's Competitiveness Council will speak at the
opening plenary session of the CORDIA - EuropaBio Convention 2003,
on 2 December in Vienna, Austria.

Mary Harney, the Irish Deputy Prime Minister and incoming President of the European Union's Competitiveness Council will speak at the opening plenary session of the CORDIA - EuropaBio Convention 2003, on 2 December in Vienna, Austria.

Harney, the first woman in Ireland to have led her Party in an election campaign and into negotiations to form a government, will discuss the development of Ireland's biotechnology industry.

Considering the fact that the industry started developing only recently in Ireland, it is already a success story with well over 30 new companies created, nine out of the 10 leading pharmaceutical companies located within the country and a €2.5 billion programme of Irish government support between 2000 and 2006 for research, development andinnovation.

The country also attracts EU funding and has been successful in attracting inward investment for biopharmaceutical manufacturing with recent major investments by Wyeth, Genzyme and Genemedix, according to the CORDIA - Europabio 2003 organisers​.

Harney said she agreed to speak at CORDIA because of the "importance of the biotechnology industry to the whole of Europe in creating wealth, employment and innovation".

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