State Government Relations

Kimball Thomson, President & CEO of BioUtah discusses his organization and what makes Utah a good place for innovative industry growth.

The 2012 BIO International Convention featured a broad array of top-level speakers, addressing critical global challenges and the top issues in biotechnology. Hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the event drew 16,505 industry leaders from 65 countries.

Bioscience economic development in a nation as large and diverse as the United States is as varied as the country itself.  A complex array of factors influence the allocation of resources and the nature of bioscience industry development.

At a time when the global economy struggles to recover from a severe recession and uncertainty remains regarding future economic growth, bioscience industry development is generating significant attention both globally and at home.

State governments in 2011 continued to see regional economic growth in the life sciences industry and in 2012 will increasingly focus attention on technology transfer and venture funding as mechanisms to increase private sector innovation related activities within their jurisdictions. Realizing that entrepreneurship is a key ingredient in economic development, states and localities are undertaking the support of programs that assist high technology businesses, and that capitalize on state regional presence of universities and federal laboratories.

The 2011 BIO International Convention brought together over 15,000 leaders from industry, government and academia who are working to solve some of the sector's biggest challenges. We were honored to host governors from 11 U.S. states as they promote their bioscience economic development endeavors.

BIO President & CEO Jim Greenwood and Tom Watkins, President & CEO of Human Genome Sciences and Chair of BIO’s Board of Directors, recently hosted a media briefing to recap our advocacy accomplishments in 2011 and lay out BIO’s policy priorities for 2012.

BIO President & CEO Jim Greenwood and Tom Watkins, President & CEO of Human Genome Sciences and Chair of BIO’s Board of Directors, recently hosted a media briefing to recap our advocacy accomplishments in 2011 and lay out BIO’s policy priorities for 2012.

Aaron Miscenich, president of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center and chairman of LouisianaBio, discusses the bioscience economic development initiatives.

New Orleans shows the signs of a city reborn from the destruction brought on by Hurricane Katrina.  The changes in the city’s infrastructure and building projects have certainly been among them.  The city reached a  milestone its renaissance when the New Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC) opened for business.

Jobs and salaries in this industry have substantially grown in the past ten years. To date, there are more than 47,000 bioscience companies and 1.4 million workers in the United States.

In this global economy, nearly every competitor has access to big breakthroughs in technology and to the equipment and capital to produce standardized products, but those regions that possess the human capital, with its insights, competencies, and experience will have the competitive advantage.

Pete Pellerito discusses what is being done to provide the workforce for this broad and growing industry.

January 21 2014
BIO's Senior Policy Consultant, Peter Pellerito, testified before the Michigan Legislature's Bioscience Caucus on economic development initiatives that support the growth of the bioscience industry.
September 17 2013
Fritz Bittenbender, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, delivered testimony supporting a pathway for patients to access lower cost interchangeable biological products.
May 8 2013
BIO  urges Florida Governor Scott to sign House Bill 365 – a bill related to the substitution of biologic and biosimilar medicines – which recently passed out of the Legislature.
February 1 2013
BIO supports passage of Florida House Bill 365, which provides requirements for pharmacist to dispense substitute biological products that are determined to be interchangeable for prescribed biological product.
January 24 2013
To ensure transparency and communication between patients and their treatment teams, BIO believes that certain safeguards should guide substitution policies for interchangeable biologics under state law as well.
May 16 2014
BIO and Delaware Bio call upon Governor Markell to sign critical legislation to create a pathway for the substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines.
April 10 2014
BIO and Delaware Bio commend the Delaware State Senate for unanimously passing legislation yesterday designed to create a pathway for the substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. 
March 25 2014
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) commend Indiana Governor Mike Pence for signing legislation today designed to create a pathway for the substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines.
January 22 2014
BIO and WBBA commend the Washington State House and Senate for continuing to advance legislation designed to create a pathway for the substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines.
November 13 2013
The Pennsylvania Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee approved Senate Bill 405, which would require a pharmacist to notify the patient and, within 72 hours, the patient’s physician of any biologic product substitution.