August 25, 1999
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                                        Libby Barnes, 509/624-1393,
STORY SOURCE: Rich Hadley, 509/624-1393
        SPOKANE, Wash. -- Washington State University and the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce will present a forum on research and economic development Sept. 2 at the Riverpoint Higher Education Park.
        The forum is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the forum runs from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the auditorium of WSU Spokane's Phase One Classroom Building.
        Rep. George Nethercutt will speak on federal priorities and their implications for Spokane as a research community.
        WSU scientists in biological chemistry, microbiology and reproductive biology will present highlights of their research initiatives and discuss the Advanced Technology Initiative recently funded by the Washington Legislature. A panel will discuss opportunities for product commercialization and economic development tied to research, and WSU President Samuel H. Smith and Rep. Nethercutt will discuss next steps.
        "A key asset to a region's economic development is the link between business and higher education in general, and higher education research specifically," Rich Hadley, executive director of the chamber, said. "The 1999 WSU research presentation is an opportunity for the public to learn about current research in the health sciences and its benefits for our economy."
        Immediately following the forum, WSU Spokane will break ground on the third building to be constructed at the Riverpoint Higher Education Park. The Health Sciences Building is expected to open for classes in fall 2001.
        The 144,000-square-foot building will house full-scale state-of-the-art research laboratories, classrooms, clinic space and faculty offices.

Washington State University/Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce
Third Annual Research Forum
Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999

9 a.m. -- Registration. The forum is free and open to the public.
9:30 a.m. -- Rich Hadley, executive director, Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce, opens the forum. Rep. George Nethercutt offers remarks on changing federal priorities and their impact on Spokane's role as a research community.
9:45 a.m. -- Three cases of university research in the health sciences will be presented:
  • Biotechnology -- Norman Lewis, Ph.D., director, WSU Institute of Biological Chemistry
  • Cancer research -- Nancy Magnuson, Ph.D., WSU professor of microbiology
  • Reproductive Biology/Advanced Technology Initiative -- Michael Skinner, Ph.D., director, WSU Center for Reproductive Biology, and Joanna Ellington, Ph.D., assistant professor, Health Research and Education Center, WSU Spokane.
11 a.m. -- A panel discussion will feature Peter Allison, CEO, Bio-Genetic Ventures LLC;
C. Harold Mielke, Jr., M.D., associate dean for research, WSU Spokane; and Mike Taylor, Taylor Engineering, chairman of the board of the Spokane Area Economic Development Council. They will discuss the implications for further research development, product commercialization and economic development.
11:30 a.m. -- Rep. George Nethercutt and Samuel H. Smith, president, Washington State University, will discuss next steps.
11:40 a.m. -- Pres. Sam Smith will introduce the Science Coalition.
11:45 a.m. -- Forum adjourns.


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