updated 6/1/2011 3:17:34 PM ET 2011-06-01T19:17:34

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The editorial team at FierceBiotech today announced the final speaker line-up for an executive breakfast being held next month in Washington, DC in conjunction with the 2011 BIO International Convention: The Global Event for Biotechnology. The event Best App in Town: Crafting a Regulatory Strategy for Biotech, will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC (1000 H Street, NW) from 7:00—8:30AM on June 29, 2011.

The roster of speakers includes Sally Bolmer, PhD, Senior Vice President, Development & Regulatory Affairs, Human Genome Sciences; Barry Sickels, Vice President of US Regulatory Affairs, AstraZeneca; Brian Walter, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Acorda; Kevin Malobisky, Associate Vice President of Regulatory Affairs US & Canada, Sanofi-Aventis; and Nadine Cohen, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Biogen Idec. The event will be structured as an open roundtable discussion focusing on the issues facing today's drug developers as they navigate the challenges involved in securing FDA approval. The conversation will explore how drug developers can craft the best new drug applications for FDA. An emphasis will be placed on key strategies like priority review, fast track status and Special Protocol Assessments that can help improve development efficiencies and increase the odds of a successful regulatory review.

"We're thrilled about the diverse panel of speakers we've assembled for this event," said FierceBiotech Executive Editor, John Carroll, who will also moderate the roundtable. "The unscripted, open dialogue created by an event of this nature provides attendees with a unique opportunity to hear what top executives really have to say about the issues they face in obtaining FDA approval for new drugs. We're looking forward to an extremely successful event."

This is the second event in a three-part series on clinical trials hosted this year by FierceBiotech. The first event, held earlier this year in San Francisco, attracted a sell-out crowd of more than 200 industry executives. A similar turnout is expected for this event.

Registration for the event is now open. Additional event information, including secure online registration, can be found at http://www.fiercebiotech.com/events/bestapp/ . An early bird of $79 is currently available through June 10.

The event is currently being sponsored by INC Research. For additional information about sponsorship opportunities associated with the event, contact Arsalan Arif at 202-824-5080 or arsalan@fiercemarkets.com.

Fierce's portfolio of life sciences titles reaches more than 305,000 readers and includes FierceBiomarkers; FierceBiotech; FierceBiotech Research; FierceBiotechIT; FierceDrugDelivery; FierceMedicalDevices; FiercePharma; FiercePharma Manufacturing; and FierceVaccines

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