updated 1/11/2011 9:46:42 PM ET 2011-01-12T02:46:42

SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 11, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SDForum, Silicon Valley's leading source of information and education in the technology community and the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) are pleased to announce an exceptional Innovation Evening on Monday, January 24th, 2011, in Mountain View CA, featuring some notable speakers and attendees including:

  • The Honourable Kim Beazley, Australian Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, 2009
  • Professor Harvey Butcher, Director,School ofAstronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University
  • Lars Rasmussen, Facebook, previously Lead Engineer at Google Maps
  • Glenn Begley, VP and Global Head of Hematology and Oncology Research, Amgen
  • Desmond King, President - Chevron Technology Ventures
  • Ian Opperman, Director, CSIRO - Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization

"This evening is part of Australia's G'Day USA - Australia Week 2011 program and promises to encourage dialogue, collaboration and new business opportunities between the U.S. and Australia," said Nigel Warren, Australian Consul-General. "The evening will highlight key areas of innovation that are important to both countries and ones that offer new areas of opportunity for partnership."

This prestigious event will begin with cocktails and an elegant dinner for an exclusive audience of 150 executives. Visit www.australia-week.com or contact Tanya Wilkins, Australian Trade Commission, 415-644-3629 or email innovation@austrade.gov.au for more information.

The 14-day G'Day USA 2011 program (15-29 January) will include around forty events that will feature the best of Australia in business, tourism, research and innovation, food and wine, entertainment and policy development as well as highlight Australia's strength as a trade and investment partner for America.

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The G'day USA 2011 logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=8408

CONTACT: Press Contact:
         Leigh Ann Gilson, SDForum

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