BIO Congratulates Dr. Norman Borlaug on Receipt of Congressional Gold Medal</a>

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 17, 2007) -- Jim Greenwood, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), released the following statement today regarding Dr. Norman Borlaug’s receipt of the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian honor:

“Dr. Norman Borlaug has spent more than half a century tirelessly working to ensure there is enough safe and nutritious food for the world’s population. The biotechnology community applauds his lifetime of unprecedented achievements and efforts to improve agricultural productivity in the developing world, which have saved billions from starvation.

“BIO is pleased that the U.S. Congress has bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal – this country’s highest civilian honor – on Dr. Borlaug. His extraordinary contributions to the global community exemplify humanitarianism. BIO and its members thank Dr. Borlaug for a lifetime of leadership in implementing new agricultural practices, including plant biotechnology, to improve the lives and health of billions. Dr. Borlaug has long been a strong champion of agricultural biotechnology, and has a clear vision for how this technology is extending the Green Revolution, and can help alleviate hunger in the developing world.”

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BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and 31 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the annual BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry.

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About BIO
BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.