BIO Congratulates, Pledges to Work With New House Committee Leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Thursday, December 09, 2010) - The biotechnology industry pledges to work with the new Congress and leaders of key House committees to establish a policy environment that fosters innovation. The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today congratulated the newly elected chairmen and chairwoman of House committees for the 112th Congress. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood released the following statement:

“The biotechnology industry is comprised of scientists, entrepreneurs, and large and small biotechnology companies in all 50 states engaged in transforming scientific discoveries into innovative new medical therapies, increased agricultural production, and cleaner manufacturing of biobased products and biofuels. Nationwide, the industry directly employs more than 1.4 million people and indirectly generates jobs for an additional 6.6 million people. BIO and its member companies pledge to work with the 112th Congress to create a policy environment that enables this vital industry to continue to produce innovative solutions to health care, agriculture and environmental challenges while generating jobs and economic growth.

“The industry welcomes and congratulates the newly elected leaders of Congressional committees. In particular, we look forward to working with Reps. Frank D. Lucas (R-Okla.) on Agriculture, Harold Rogers (R-Ala.) on Appropriations, Fred Upton (R-Mich.) on Energy and Commerce, Sam Graves (R-Mo.) on Small Business, and Dave Camp (R-Mich.) on Ways and Means to move forward with policies that support the ongoing, important work of biotechnology companies across the United States.”


Upcoming BIO Events

Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
December 11-14, 2010
Honolulu, HI 

BIO Asia International Partnering Conference
January 24-25, 2011
Tokyo, Japan

BIO CEO & Investor Conference
February 14-15, 2011
New York, NY

BIO-Europe Spring 2011
March 14-16, 2011
Milan, Italy

BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Spring Conference and Committee Meeting
April 13-15, 2011
Seattle, WA

BIO International Convention
June 27-30, 2011
Washington, DC

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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 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. BIO produces BIOtech Now, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling “innovations transforming our world.” Subscribe to BIOtech Now.

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