AZ Governor Janet Napolitano Honored as BIO Governor of the Year</a>

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 17, 2007) – Today, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) awarded Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano with the Governor of the Year award in recognition of her passionate support of the biosciences. 


“Governor Napolitano has been instrumental in building collaboration within Arizona to grow the bioscience industry.  With her support, investment in bioscience research and development has increased significantly, leading to an increase in the number bioscience jobs being created in the state,” said Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO.  “Due to her leadership, Arizona has become one of the fastest growing states in bioscience industry development.” 


“Governor Napolitano is also a national leader for improving education and promoting innovation,” continued Greenwood.  “During her recent term as the Chair of the National Governors’ Association, she promoted math and science education to inspire students to become innovators through her ‘Innovation America’ initiative.” 


Patrick Kelly, Vice President of State Government Relations and Alliance Development at BIO, presented the award to Governor Napolitano during the morning plenary session of the Annual Conference of the International Economic Development Council held in Scottsdale, Arizona. 


About BIO

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 global event for biotechnology.


Upcoming BIO Events


·         BIO Mid-America VentureForum 2007  

Sep. 24–26, 2007

Milwaukee, WI


·         BIO InvestorForum 2007

October 9-11, 2007

San Francisco, CA


·         BIO International Convention
June 17–20, 2008

San Diego, CA