Delaware's Minner Named BIO Governor of the Year

Washington, D.C. (July 14, 2004) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) presented Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner with BIO’s Governor of the Year award in recognition of her promotion of the biotechnology industry in the state. The presentation took place today at an award ceremony at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, in Newark, Delaware.

"It is an honor to present this award to Governor Minner for her leadership in support of the biotechnology industry not only in Delaware but on a national level as well," said Patrick Kelly, Vice President of State Government Relations for BIO.

"Governor Minner has demonstrated a commitment to this industry that sets her apart from many of her colleagues. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Governor Minner during her upcoming term as chair of the Governor's Biotechnology Partnership. She is an incredible asset for the biotechnology industry in Delaware,” said Kelly.

Governor Minner created a Strategic Economic Council that includes seats for leaders from the chemical and life science sectors. Earlier this year Governor Minner proposed a New Economy Initiative that would increase the state’s capacity to provide seed-stage venture capital funding and entrepreneurial support across several technology sectors.

BIO represents more than 1,000 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations in all 50 states and 33 foreign nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of health-care, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. In Delaware, BIO works closely with the Delaware Biotechnology Institute and the Delaware BioScience Association.