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DHS news release

Feb.23, 2006


Contact: Bonnie Widerburg (971) 673-1282
Technical contact: Dave Stone (971) 673-0444

Public meeting notice


Biopharming Ad Hoc Committee meets Feb. 27

What: Biopharming Ad Hoc Committee meeting.


When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27.

Where: Human Services Building, Room 137A-B, 500 Summer Street N.E., Salem

Agenda: Discussion of administrative issues, followed by presentations on the permits received by the Oregon Department of Agriculture when a biotechnology event is proposed in Oregon and a summary of state legislative efforts on biopharmaceuticals.


Paul Jepson, Ph.D., professor in the Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Department at Oregon State University will speak on ecological assessment and biotechnology. Carol Mallory-Smith, Ph.D., professor in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department at Oregon State University will speak about gene flow among crops that have been used in biopharming.


Background: The governor and the 2005 Senate charged the Oregon departments of Agriculture and Human Services to convene a Biopharming Ad Hoc Committee to develop a consensus policy recommendation to the governor regarding biopharmaceuticals produced in human food or animal feed crops.

Biopharming is the production of pharmaceutical proteins or other materials in genetically engineered plants and animals.

The Committee has 10 standing members and is chaired by Jim Rue, State Board of Agriculture, with Keith Harcourt, Public Health Advisory Board, serving as vice-chair. The State Board of Agriculture and the Public Health Advisory Board are equally represented, along with two independent scientists and two non-voting ex-officio members representing the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Department of Human Services.

Future meetings will be held monthly, with the location of meetings to alternate between Portland and Salem.