WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today its selection of Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) as a Legislator of the Year for 2013-2014. Senator Blunt receives the award in conjunction with today’s BIO Legislative Day Fly-In.
“As the ranking member of the Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Blunt has distinguished himself through leadership and support of a number of critically important issues, including responsible funding for the FDA, and the release of sequestered FDA user fees," said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood. "Through his important work on the full Appropriations Committee, he has championed public policy that enables biotech companies to bring life-saving and life-enhancing technologies to market, while ensuring America remains the world leader in life sciences innovation.”
"The life science industry in Missouri provides more than $15 billion in annual economic impact and provides jobs, both directly and indirectly, for over 27,000 people. Senator Blunt continues to demonstrate his understanding of this industry's importance through words and actions,” said Kelly Gillespie, President & CEO of the Missouri Biotechnology Association. "We thank Senator Blunt for his outstanding leadership and dedication to supporting the innovative capacity and job creating potential of American life science companies, and we congratulate him on receiving this award."
More than 250 biotechnology industry representatives from over 40 states, representing hundreds of thousands of American workers, 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, adequate reimbursement for vital therapies under Medicare, FDA funding, tax policy, and capital formation issues relevant to biotechnology companies.
Photos of the award presentation are available upon request.
BIO is the world's largest trade association representing 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. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.
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