Senator Casey Honored as BIO Legislator of the Year

BIO announced today its selection of Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) as Legislator of the Year for 2010 - 2011.</p>

Senator Bob Casey
Pennsylvania Bio President Christopher Molineaux and BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood present Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) with BIO's Legislator of the Year award.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, May 03, 2011) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today its selection of Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) as Legislator of the Year for 2010-2011. Senator Casey will receive the award this morning as part of the BIO Legislative Day Fly-In.

The Senator's service on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has been tremendously important to this nation's healthcare industry and the patients we serve," said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood. "Furthermore, we are grateful for his leadership on other issues critical to our nation's biotech industry such as his sponsorship of the Life Sciences Jobs and Investment Act."

"The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is among the most bio-intensive regions in the United States. Senator Casey has been an invaluable resource for the bioscience community within Pennsylvania and the industry at large," said Pennsylvania Bio President Christopher Molineaux. "His leadership on numerous issues of importance to the industry and commitment to meeting with and understanding the needs of individual bioscience companies should serve as a model to all his colleagues in the Senate. On behalf of Pennsylvania's bioscience industry, we congratulate Senator Casey on receiving this award. It is well deserved."

More than 200 biotechnology industry representatives from 36 states will participate in hundreds of meetings with Members of the House and Senate during the BIO Legislative Day Fly-In. Participants will discuss issues critical to the biotechnology industry including patent reform, increased funding for the Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health, restored eligibility for Small Business Innovation Research grants, and extension of the Therapeutic Discovery Project Program.

Photos of the award presentation are available upon request.


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