The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) today chosen three biotechnology pioneers as its featured speakers at Biotech 2004.

They are Leroy Hood, president of the Seattle-based Institute for Systems Biology; Steven Burrill, chief executive officer and founder of San Francisco-based Burrill & Company; and Ralph Snyderman, chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University and president and CEO of Duke Health System.

“These three speakers will address critically important issues facing the life science industry and its pursuit to transform leading-edge technologies into innovative products for both revenue production and to benefit human kind,” said Joel Marcus, CEO of Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. and co-chair of Biotech 2004.

Biotech 2004: “Fusing Science, Technology and Industry Leadership,” is scheduled for May 26-27 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in RTP. The CED is presenting the 13th annual conference in partnership with the N.C. Biotechnology Center, the N.C. Biosciences Organization and the Biotechnology Industry Organization.