BIO Testimony Opposing Hawaii House Bill 2034

Testimony of the Biotechnology Industry Organization

Submitted to the House Economic Development and Business Concerns Committee

February 12, 2004

Regarding House Bill 2034:The Prohibition of Bioprospecting on Public Lands

On behalf of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), please accept this testimony in opposition to House Bill (HB) 2034. This legislation would prohibit bioprospecting on public lands. Bioprospecting is the serach for previously undiscovered microbes and natural compounds in a variety of ecosystems. These microbes and compounds can have highly unique characteristics with unmatched applications and benefits in many arenas, including medicine, manufacturing and scientific research.