Senator Enzi Honored as BIO Legislator of the Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, April 14, 2010) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today its selection of Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) as Legislator of the Year for 2009-2010.  Senator Enzi received the award as part of the BIO Legislative Day Fly-In.

“During Senator Enzi’s long-standing service on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, he has provided thoughtful and responsive leadership on issues critical to the biotechnology community such as drug safety and importation,” BIO President Jim Greenwood stated.  “He played a key role in the creation of a fair and balanced pathway for the approval of biosimilars which protects patient safety and provides incentives for continued innovation.”

More than 200 biotechnology industry representatives from 32 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, NIH/ FDA funding, drug importation risks, and expanded eligibility for Small Business Innovation Research grants.

Upcoming BIO Events

BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Spring Conference and Committee Meeting
April 19-21, 2010
New Orleans, LA 

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

BIO International Convention
May 3-6, 2010
Chicago, IL
McCormick Place Convention Center

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

 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.