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DHS news release

April 20, 2006


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

Public meeting notice

Biopharming Ad Hoc Committee meets April 24 in Salem


What: Biopharming Ad Hoc Committee meeting


When: Monday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Room 137C-D, Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer Street N.E., Salem

Agenda: Discussion of administrative issues, followed by speaker presentations. Gary Marchant, Ph.D., Arizona State University and Eric Flamm, Ph.D., U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will discuss legal and regulatory issues related to biopharmaceuticals. There will also be a discussion of draft policy options. Public comments will be taken between 2:50 and 3 p.m.

Background: The governor and the 2005 Senate charged the Oregon departments of Agriculture and Human Services with convening 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.

Meetings are held monthly, with the location of meetings alternating between Portland and Salem.