WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 9, 2006) -- Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Greenwood today issued the following statement on the outcome of the 2006 midterm elections and the anticipated effect on the biotechnology industry:
“BIO congratulates the winners of the 2006 midterm elections. We look forward to working with Members of the 110th Congress along with governors and state legislators to develop a policy environment which will ensure the biotechnology industry can continue to foster the innovation which can lead us to a world with no hunger, pollution, and disease.
“As we prepare for a new legislative session, policymakers will face many critical issues including health care, energy, agriculture and environmental policy. The biotechnology industry is unique in creating innovative products that can provide cures for debilitating diseases, improve health care, supply alternative fuel sources, preserve the environment and help alleviate hunger. We will work with federal and state lawmakers to ensure legislators recognize the benefits of biotechnology and pursue a legislative agenda that promotes innovation.
“These are not partisan issues. Biotechnology benefits us all. There is much we can accomplish by working together across both sides of the political aisle. As the 110th Congress convenes, we will continue to work with Democrats and Republicans on critical issues such as strengthening the Food and Drug Administration, the development of alternative fuels, embryonic stem cell research and other issues which allow biotechnology to fulfill its promise of a better world.”
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. www.bio.org
· BIO Drug, Device & Diagnostic Summit
December 4-5, 2006, San Diego, CA
· BIO CEO & Investor Conference
Feb. 12-14, 2007, New York City
· 2007 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing
March 21-24, 2007, Orlando, FL
· BIO International Convention
May 6-9, 2007, Boston, MA