For release: 05/23/02
Release #: 02-129
NASA experts to bring commercial biotechnology space products to BIO 2002 conference in Toronto
What: News media are invited see the future today. Take a close-up look at products -- created by companies funding and flying experiments in space through NASA-industry partnerships. And interview NASA experts. All in one location: the BIO 2002 Conference -- a major, international biotechnology trade show next month in Toronto.
Inspect these commercial products:
- a new perfume, created by flying a rose in space;
- an anthrax-killing device, developed from technology used to grow plants on the International Space Station
- Light-emitting diode arrays that use light to treat brain tumors and hard-to-heal wounds;
- advanced techniques for pharmaceutical research, design, and testing;
- new, artificial bone replacement materials that are longer lasting and structurally similar to real bone; and
- a gene filter that helps identify genes involved in bone loss -- and has the potential to help doctors diagnose diseases.
All these products were developed as a result of industry-funded research through 15 NASA Commercial Space Centers, managed by the Space Product Development Program at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. These centers are helping businesses of all sizes and types advance their research programs by using the unique space environment, including microgravity -- the near-weightless condition created as the International Space Station and other spacecraft orbit Earth.
Who: At the conference, NASA experts Mark Nall, John West and Blake Powers, who help businesses do pioneering space research, will be available for news media interviews.
Where: Conference: June 9-12, 2002 Nall, West, and Powers are available for interviews before and during the conference. See contact information below.
When: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada
Contact: To attend the conference, contact: Carrie Housman at (800) 255-3304 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Web site at:
For more information or to conduct interviews, contact: Steve Roy, Media Relations, NASA's Marshall Center at (256) 544-0034 or email@example.com
Nall, West, and Powers are available for media interviews during the conference. To schedule interviews, contact them directly at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Toronto at (416) 925-1234; by cell phone at (256) 603-3711; or by beeper at 1-800-946-4546, PIN 1411330. For beeper, enter area code and number to call; do not enter voicemail.