BIO Welcomes LouisianaBio to Industry Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, May 05, 2010) - Today the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced that a newly-formed bioscience organization in Louisiana is joining the Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA), an autonomous group of state affiliates operating within BIO.

“We are pleased to welcome LouisianaBIO as a member of the CSBA," said Patrick Kelly, Vice President of State Government Relations and Alliance Development at BIO. "The CSBA is an integral part of BIO's advocacy infrastructure. We work closely with CSBA member organizations to improve understanding of the bioscience industry and advocate for policies that help promote industry development throughout the United States. With the addition of Louisiana, the CSBA grows to 49 organizations in 46 states."

“Five years later, we are emerging from the shadows of Katrina as a burgeoning hub of bio-innovation and life sciences,” says Aaron Miscenich, President of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, and Chairman of LouisianaBio.  “We have a strong network in place and are attracting new ideas, new people, and new investment. This partnership with BIO further validates and supports Louisiana’s emerging bio-economy.”

“As members of the CSBA, LouisianaBIO will be able to draw upon the support of colleagues in the other states,” said Kelly Gillespie, chairman of the CSBA and executive director of the Missouri Biotechnology Association. “This network has been essential over the last several years as state legislatures have weighed the national risks of not adequately investing in the growth of this life saving industry when faced with the global competition for the most promising biotech jobs and investments.”


Upcoming BIO Events

Partnering for Global Health
May 3, 2010
Chicago, IL
McCormick Place Convention Center

BIO International Convention
May 3-6, 2010
Chicago, IL
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2010 BIO Human Resources Conference
May 4-7, 2010
Chicago, IL

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing
June 27-30, 2010
Washington, DC

BIO India
September 21 - 22, 2010
Hyderabad, India

BIO’s Livestock Biotechnology Summit
September 28-30, 2010,
Sioux Falls, SD

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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 BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world.