Chicago, IL (April 23, 2013) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett will be honored with its 2013 Governor of the Year award in recognition of his leadership and commitment to strengthening the biotechnology and public health sectors within Pennsylvania.
“This recognition from the Biotechnology Industry Organization acknowledges the relentless effort my administration is putting forth to strengthen and further build the life sciences industry in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Corbett. “By supporting initiatives that stimulate growth within the industry – from helping entrepreneurs quickly transform ideas into commercial products to supporting the establishment and expansion of biotech companies – we are ensuring the biotech economy will continue to grow and flourish in Pennsylvania. We are proud to continue to serve as a national leader of how to unlock the best of what the life sciences industry has to offer.”
“Governor Corbett and his administration have developed and promoted some of the industry’s best programs and standards, helping Pennsylvania stand tall among our nation’s greatest biotech hubs,” said Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO. “By enhancing the business environment to support the capital intensive processes of research & development as well as growing innovation companies facing significant start-up costs, Governor Corbett is creating an environment favorable to business and R&D. He’s positioning Pennsylvania as a valued leader within the industry.”
“We at Pennsylvania Bio are thrilled that Governor Corbett’s efforts to help build a sustainable state-wide biotech community are being recognized by BIO,” said Chris Molineaux, President of Pennsylvania Bio. “By assembling a task force of industry, academia, trade organizations and the legislature through the Life Sciences Leadership Advisory Council, Governor Corbett has shown his long-term commitment to implementing policies that enable organizations to obtain the resources required for establishing and building a strong biotech economy. Additionally, the ‘Discovered in Pennsylvania, Developed in Pennsylvania’ program has helped local organizations establish and anchor their operations in the Commonwealth and his support for expanding access to capital has helped emerging firms make their novel advancements possible.”
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.