BIO Issues Statement on Conner Confirmation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 29, 2005) -- Jim Greenwood, president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), issued the following statement today on the Senate’s vote to confirm Charles F. Conner as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture (USDA):

“BIO supports the confirmation of Charles “Chuck” Conner, who is a true advocate for the biotechnology industry and America’s farmers. Our food and agriculture staff developed a strong relationship with Chuck during his recent stint at the White House as a presidential advisor on domestic and international agriculture policy.

“His new role provides us an opportunity to expand our relationship and to help ensure that the government appropriately regulates the modern tools of agriculture, including biotechnology, which are essential to producing more foods, raising farmers’ economic status, and limiting their environmental impact.

“USDA sets regulations which affect our member companies as they develop the most innovative food and agricultural products. We look forward to working with Chuck in his new position,” Greenwood said.

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.