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PIUG 2015 Biotechnology Conference

Maximizing Value in Biotechnology Searching with New Technologies and Trends

Monday, February 16, through Friday, February 20

611 Gateway Blvd
South San Francisco, California 94080
+1 (650) 225-1000


Now in its ninth year, the PIUG Biotechnology Conference focuses on best practices for patent information professionals who specialize in biotechnology search and analysis. This year’s theme is, "Maximizing Value in Biotechnology Searching with New Technologies and Trends." Facing new challenges, patent searchers continue to provide value to companies and clients by maximizing their value and keeping up with the technologies and trends.

Conference and workshop sessions will take place at Genentech building #83, across Gateway Boulevard from the Embassy Suites.

Jeannette L.A. Fiala published a report summarizing the conference: PIUG 2015 Biotechnology Conference, South San Francisco, February 2015, World Patent Information, 42, 38-39 (2015). Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Conference Schedule

  • Main Meeting Presentations and Exhibitions – Tuesday, February 17
  • Workshops – Monday, February 16, and Wednesday, February 18, at 8:30am - 5:00pm each day. Details will be online soon.
  • Patent Searching Fundamentals Course by PIUG – Thursday-Friday, February 19-20: 8:00am - 4:30pm on both days. Separate registration and fee required.

Tour the Genentech Cell Culture and Purification Pilot Plants

Meeting registrants are invited to attend a tour of the Genentech Cell Culture and Purification Pilot Plants. The tour will be held February 18, 2015, 8:00am to 9:00am at Building 6.

  • If you are staying at the conference hotel (Embassy Suites), there will be a hotel shuttle to take you to the Pilot Plant tour. The shuttle will return you to the hotel after the tour.
  • If you are not staying at the hotel you will need to find transportation to the tour (map of Genentech).
  • Upon your arrival, please sign in with the B5 Genentech receptionist (Main Campus).

Please respond to Erika Gill ( by Wednesday, February 11, if you wish to attend. Tour attendance is limited to the first 15 who respond.


PIUG gratefully acknowledges the sponsors and exhibitors
who have generously provided support for this event.

Your Feedback Is Important to Us

The Program and Planning Committees would appreciate your conference-related feedback. Our survey addresses plenary sessions, workshops, and vendor interactions. Hyperlinks to the survey have been sent to all conference registrants.

Feel free to submit your feedback during or after the conference (you will have the opportunity to save and return where you left off). We appreciate your completing the survey prior to March 6, 2015. Your feedback helps us make the conference ever better going forward. 

2015 Program Committee

Alison Taylor, Co-Chair Abbott
Ruben Diaz, Co-Chair Genentech
Qin Meng  
Barbara Miller Novartis
Bo Peng Editas Medicine
Greg Roland  
Irene Zajac

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2015 Planning Committee

Chair Doreen Alberts Theravance Biopharma US, Inc.
  Ruben Diaz Genentech
Board Liaison Martha Yates Monsanto
Evaluation Christine Geluk Eisai Inc.
Exhibitor Liaison Qin Meng  
  Monica Weiss-Nolen sanofi pasteur
Meeting Book Alison Taylor, Chair Abbott
   Diane Webb Bizint
Hospitality / Travel John Willmore, Chair BizInt
   Anna Michel  
On-Site Logistics Erika Gill Genentech
Publicity Jeannette Fiala, Chair  
   Martha Yates Monsanto
Registration Donna Fisher, Chair Ipsen
  Erika Gill Genentech
Web Pages Rick Williams Zoetis
  Tom Wolff Wolff Information Consulting
Workshops Elyse Turner, Chair
   Monica Weiss-Nolen sanofi pasteur
   Steve Mitchell  

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