Senator Hatch 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 Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as Legislator of the Year for 2009-2010. Senator Hatch receives the award today as part of BIO’s 2010 Legislative Day Fly-In, an annual opportunity for the biotechnology industry to meet with the members of Congress.


“The Senator’s long-standing service to the Finance Committee and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, has been critically important to this nation’s healthcare industry and the patients it serves,” said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood. “Senator Hatch has been a proponent of issues critical to our nation’s biotech industry such as the creation of a pathway for the approval of biosimilars which protects patient safety and provides incentives for continued innovation,”


“The life sciences industry accounts for over 25,000 high-skilled, high-paying jobs in the State of Utah. Senator Hatch 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 Utah and throughout our country,” said Richard Nelson, President and CEO of the Utah Technology Council.


During the BIO Legislative Day Fly-In, more than 200 biotechnology industry representatives from 32 states will participate in hundreds of meetings with key Members of the House and Senate. 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

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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.