Representative Neal Honored as BIO Legislator of the Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, March 31, 2009) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today its selection of Representative Richard E. Neal (D - MA) as Legislator of the Year for 2008-2009. Congressman Neal will receive the award this evening at 6 p.m.

“BIO commends Congressman Neal for his leadership and support of the crucial issues affecting the biotechnology industry. As Chairman of the Ways and Means Select Revenue Subcommittee, his competent understanding of the tax policies that encourage innovation and investment in tomorrow’s technologies were critical to the expansion of America’s prosperity,” said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood. “We also thank him for support of the provision in the Economic Recovery Act, which increased funding at the National Institutes of Health by $10 billion over the next 2 years.”

“The life sciences industry provides 45,000 jobs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which makes it one of the largest and most developed biotech sectors in the United States. Representative Neal understands the challenges facing our biotechnology industry, especially emerging companies, in the current economic environment. We thank him for his outstanding leadership on behalf of the biotechnology industry in Massachusetts and throughout our country,” said Robert Coughlin, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.

  During the BIO Legislative Day Fly-In, more than 250 biotechnology industry representatives from 36 states, including Massachusetts, will participate in hundreds of meetings with key Members of the House and Senate. Participants will discuss issues critical to the biotechnology industry, including biosimilars, Food and Drug Administration appropriations, biofuels, and patent reform.

Upcoming BIO Events

BIO National Venture Conference
March 31–April 1,2009
Boston, MA

BIO Windhover 2009
April 13-15, 2009
New York, NY

BIO-LES Business Development Basics Course
May 15–17, 2009
Atlanta, GA  

BIO-LES Advanced Business Development Course
May 15–17, 2009
Atlanta, GA 

BIO Executive Presentation Workshop
May 17, 2009
Atlanta, GA

BIO Human Resources Conference
May 17-19, 2009
Atlanta, GA

2009 BIO International Convention
May 18-21, 2009
Atlanta, Ga.

BioEquity Europe
June 9-10, 2009
Munich, Germany

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing
July 19-22, 2009
Montreal, Quebec, Canada


About BIO

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.