Apple's director of science and technology, Dr Elizabeth Kerr, will speak at the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo on May 17.

She will discuss and demonstrate the latest release of Mac OS X – Tiger, which could be on sale by that time or shortly after.

Biography notes for Kerr on the Bio-IT World Web site describe her role at Apple and her background thus: "In this role, she is responsible for programs and solutions that help meet the computational needs of Apple's Science customers. She joined Apple in 2003 after 5 years in the marketing group at Affymetrix. Prior to joining the marketing organization at Affymetrix, Dr. Kerr was a Staff Scientist as part of the Scientific Liaison group, also at Affymetrix.

"Dr Kerr completed her PhD in Immunology at Stanford University in the lab of Dr Mark Davis. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Maryland, College Park."

Bio-IT World Conference and Expo is the leading event to demonstrate how technology is transforming the life sciences throughout all discovery and development processes. It is designed for life science professionals looking to evaluate and understand advanced solutions that generate, collect and analyze the flood of information being produced by the life sciences industry. It runs from May 17 to 19.

The conference program focuses on the traditional offerings around technology, and the utilization of technology and informatics across the entire life sciences R&D value chain.

Keynote speakers at the conference include Internet-pioneer Tim Berners-Lee.