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Mayor Battle Proclaims September 25-October 2 Huntsville Life Sciences Week

City of Huntsville FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2014
(Huntsville, AL) - Mayor Tommy Battle joined HudsonAlpha President and Director Rick Myers today at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology to proclaim September 25 through October 2 as Huntsville Life Sciences Week.

"It's an exciting time for the city of Huntsville, and we are poised to grow into a life sciences hub," said Mayor Battle. "With the powerful combination of HudsonAlpha, our schools and universities and the thriving private sector, Huntsville has a bright future in this exciting and growing field."

Huntsville Life Sciences Week will include events and discussions about advancements in genomics, biotechnology and other areas focused on growing this sector in Huntsville. Central to Huntsville Life Sciences Week will be the HudsonAlpha/Science Conference on Immunogenomics. Hundreds of thought leaders from around the world will be in Huntsville for this conference, which is exploring the application of genomics to the study of the immune system.

"HudsonAlpha is definitely in the right city to grow and flourish," said Myers. "I'm looking forward to having colleagues from the world's top science and medical universities as well as industry leaders here for the Immunogenomics Conference. The city plays a prominent role in this conference and everything we are trying to accomplish."

During Huntsville Life Sciences Week, Mayor Battle will debut the Biotech Initiative for the City of Huntsville. With similar purposes as the Mayor's Space, Energy, Geospatial and Cyber initiatives, the Biotech Initiative will bring people together from industry, nonprofit, academia and government to shape the city's strategy to grow in the area of technological applications that use biological systems.

Additional news and collaborations aimed at growing the life sciences in Huntsville will be announced throughout Life Sciences Week.


HudsonAlpha President and Director Rick Myers and Mayor Tommy Battle



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For more information, please contact:

Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov



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