Senator Kyl Honored as BIO Legislator of the Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, April 15, 2008) - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today its selection of Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) as Legislator of the Year for 2007-2008.  Senator Kyl will receive the award during the BIO Legislative Day Fly-In on April 16, 2008.

“BIO honors Senator Kyl for his leadership during the patent reform process and his ongoing support for health care issues,” BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said. “The Senator recognizes the value of innovative, patented new medicines and has worked tirelessly to maintain America’s gold standard of drug safety.”

“Senator Kyl has a long track record of leadership in life science research," said C. Robert Eaton, President and CEO of the Arizona BioIndustry Association. “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than Senator Kyl and his staff.  Their efforts have strengthened the bioscience industry in Arizona and nationwide.”
During the BIO Legislative Day Fly-In, more than 200 biotechnology industry representatives from 36 states, including Arizona, 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 will be presented at 9:15 a.m. in Senator Kyl’s Washington, D.C. office.

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.

 ·  Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
    Sept. 10-12, 2008
    Vancouver, B.C., 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 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.