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Genomics Guru to Deliver Keynote at SC2001—Dr. J. Craig Venter Speaks November 13

ROCKVILLE, MD - No arena in contemporary medical science has more potential for revolutionary approaches to preventing and curing human disease than genomics. And no tool in genomics is more crucial to its researchers than high-performance computing.

Enter J. Craig Venter, Ph.D.

To those knowledgeable about genomics he’s President and Chief Scientific Officer of Celera Genomics. To news-magazine readers he was “Man of the Year” for Financial Times, and a runner-up for the same distinction from Time. To the rest of us, he's the man who revolutionized and accelerated the sequencing the human genome.

Dr. Venter is keynote speaker Tuesday, November 13, in Denver at SC2001, the international forum and exhibition on high-performance computing and high-speed data communication. His talk, entitled “Accelerating Discovery through Supercomputing,” will be delivered at the Denver Convention Center at 8:30 P.M.In addition to an overview of genomics, Dr. Venter will explain the role of supercomputers and algorithms in genomics and how these capabilities will now be crucial in the drug-discovery process.

Charlie Slocomb, volunteer chairman of the SC2001 Executive Committee, said he’s “extremely excited to attract someone of Dr. Venter’s stature to speak to the supercomputing community about this very important future application for high-performance computing,” adding that he’s “confident that that the rest of our constituency feels the same way.” Dr. Venter received his Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of California, San Diego. In 1998, he and Perkin-Elmer, now with Applera Corporation, formed Celera Genomics. Two years later, they announced completion of the first assembly of the human genome, which revealed approximately 3 billion letters of genetic code. On February 16, 2001, Celera’s manuscript on the sequencing of the human genome was published in Science magazine. Dr. Venter has published more than 160 research articles and is one of the most cited scientists in biology and medicine.SC2001 is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery and IEEE Computer Society. Registration is currently open at www.sc2001.org.

SC2001 is sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture. For more information about SC2001, go to http://www.sc2001.org/


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