Representative Schwartz Honored as BIO Legislator of the Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Monday, April 15, 2008) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today its selection of Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz (D-PA) as Legislator of the Year for 2007-2008.  Representative Schwartz will receive the award during the BIO Legislative Day Fly-In kick-off reception, taking place on April 15, 2008.

“BIO commends Representative Schwartz for her leadership as a chair of the New Democrat Health Care Task Force and as a champion of the industry,” said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood.  “As co-sponsor of the American Life Sciences Competitiveness Act of 2007, she’s helping to ensure America remains the world leader in life sciences innovation.”

"Pennsylvania Bio applauds Congresswoman Schwartz’s support of our industry, which is so important to the Commonwealth's economy," said Pennsylvania Bio President Dennis M. "Mickey" Flynn. “Pennsylvania companies, universities, and research institutes are fostering one of the most robust biotechnology sectors in the country. To continue our leadership in the biosciences, the support of our policymakers is critical, and we have a great champion in Representative Schwartz.”

During the BIO Legislative Day Fly-In, more than 200 biotechnology industry representatives from 36 states, including Pennsylvania, will participate in hundreds of meetings with key Members of the House and Senate. Participants will discuss issues critical to the biotechnology industry, including follow-on biologics, FDA appropriations, biofuels, and patent reform.

The awards ceremony will take place at 6:00 the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Upcoming BIO Events

 ·   BIO National Venture Conference 
    April 22-23, 2008
    Boston, Mass.

 ·   World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing  
    April 27-30, 2008
    Chicago, Ill.

 ·   2008 BIO International Convention 
    June 17-20, 2008
    San Diego, Calif.


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