MALVERN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At its 2009 Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration on March 4, Pennsylvania Bio (www.pennsylvaniabio.org), the statewide association representing the bioscience industry in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, recognized Congressman Jim Gerlach with its 2009 Federal Public Official of the Year Award and State Senator Rob Wonderling with its 2009 State Public Official of the Year Award. The two were honored for their leadership on behalf of the bioscience industry in Pennsylvania.
Congressman Gerlach has been a strong advocate on issues such as patent reform, a sound and safe pathway for follow-on biologics, small business innovation support, and opposing drug importation.
“Congressman Gerlach was selected because he has consistently, from his time in the state legislature, to his terms in the U.S. House, shown a deep understanding of our industry and willingness to speak out on issues of tremendous importance to us. Our nation faces many difficult challenges ahead, but we can’t lose sight of what makes us great—our spirit, our entrepreneurial strength, and our ability to innovate. We must keep all of this in mind as we face complicated issues such as patent reform, follow-on biologics, importation and others,” said Pennsylvania Bio President Dennis M. “Mickey” Flynn. “Congressman Gerlach has provided a steady and thoughtful approach to each of these, and we appreciate his support for us in Congress.”
Senator Wonderling, a co-chair of the Senate Life Sciences Caucus, has long been a supporter of the industry. He has advocated for the increased use of technology to improve the efficiency of the healthcare system, worked to improve Pennsylvania’s business climate to spur continued growth in the industry, and sought greater transparencies in Pennsylvania’s system for determining access to therapeutics for the patients served through the state’s Preferred Drug List.
“Senator Rob Wonderling is among the leading experts in the Pennsylvania General Assembly on issues of technology. He is a natural leader for the Senate Life Sciences Caucus, and he has been a 'go to' resource for Pennsylvania Bio in helping to prioritize our legislative issues and in advising us on how to best move them forward,” Flynn said. “He is passionate about the industry in Pennsylvania and the patients that benefit from the research our industry is pursuing.”
For more information on the 2009 Policy Awards, please visit www.pennsylvaniabio.org.
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