WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, April 16, 2008) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today its selection of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) as Legislator of the Year for 2007-2008. Senator Feinstein received the award during the BIO Legislative Day Fly-In on April 16, 2008.
“Senator Feinstein is a strong and visionary advocate for the promise that biotechnology offers and our position as its global leader. She has been a reasoned voice during the ongoing patent reform dialogue and continues to ensure that biotech is poised for success,” said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood. “We salute her for supporting public policy that enables our industry to pursue its full potential.”
During the BIO Legislative Day Fly-In, more than 200 biotechnology industry representatives from 36 states, including California, will participate in hundreds of meetings with key Members of the House and Senate. Participants will discuss issues critical to the biotechnology industry, including follow-on biologics, FDA appropriations, biofuels, and patent reform.
The awards will be presented at 4:00 p.m. in Senator Feinstein’s Washington, D.C. office.
Upcoming BIO Events
· BIO National Venture Conference
April 22-23, 2008
· World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing
April 27-30, 2008
· 2008 BIO International Convention
June 17-20, 2008
San Diego, Calif.
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· Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
Sept. 10-12, 2008
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
BIO represents more than 1,200 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 annual BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world.