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Beth Goldman

CNBC Assembles World-Renowned Scientists and Thought Leaders to Explore the Critical Issues Facing the Science Economy

Maria Bartiromo to Lead Unprecedented One-Hour CNBC Special Event

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. – October 13, 2011 – Science once led America to glory. Our breakthroughs brought wars to an end and new industries to life. But somewhere along the way, science lost its luster. Have we lost our passion to innovate? Does making money matter more to us than making progress? And how do we get America back in the business of breakthroughs?

On Monday, October 17th at 9PM ET, in a CNBC special, “Meeting of the Minds: The Business of Science,” hosted by CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, CNBC assembles the stakeholders in science to answer those questions and chart a path forward.

“Science has been the secret to America’s dominance, and de-prioritizing science will be the key to America’s decline,” said Bartiromo. “If we embrace the business of science once again, it could fuel America’s economic recovery.”

"Once the world leader in scientific innovation, America is losing its lead," said Susan Krakower, Senior Vice President, Strategic Programming and Development, CNBC. "This ‘Meeting of the Minds’ examines those long term investments and the power of science to revolutionize the way we live.”

In an unprecedented one-hour special event, CNBC brings together a panel of world-renowned scientists and thought leaders including: Bob Hugin, Chairman and CEO, Celgene; Dr. Mae Jemison, President, The Jemison Group and Retired NASA Astronaut; Bill Joy, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Jim Simons, Simons Foundation and Board Chair, Renaissance Technologies; J. Craig Venter, Founder & President, J. Craig Venter Institute and Founder & CEO, Synthetic Genomics; and Dr. Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics, City University of New York, and author, “Physics of the Future”; for a qualitative discussion on the business of science.

CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo is the anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo” (3-5 PM ET), and host and managing editor of the nationally syndicated "Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo."

CNBC’s “Meeting of the Minds: The Business of Science” airs on Monday, October 17th at 9PM ET on CNBC.

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