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Parkinson's TV star to address international conference

2nd March 2007

Canadian actor and Parkinson's sufferer Michael J Fox is set to address an international biotechnology conference, it has been revealed.

Mr Fox, 46, who is the founder of the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, will deliver the keynote address at the 2007 BIO International Convention on May 7th at Boston's Convention & Exhibition Center.

The speech, titled Driving the Development and Availability of Novel Therapies, will discuss new methods of ensuring that investment in to the disease results in useful research and treatments for sufferers.

It will also address ways of taking the risk out of investment in new therapeutics in the biotechnology industry.

Jim Greenwood, the president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, which is putting on the convention, said: "Michael's address will stand as a highlight of our convention as we spotlight the progress being made by the biotechnology industry in the search for improved treatments and a cure for Parkinson's and other debilitating diseases."

Mr Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1991 but only revealed it publicly in 1998.