PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced the Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA) has selected its Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 term. The CSBA is an autonomous council of state-based biotechnology associations operating within BIO.
"We are very pleased and honored to have these state trade association leaders from across the nation working with BIO on vital economic development and legislative matters facing our industry," said Fritz Bittenbender, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs at BIO. "The CSBA is integral to BIO's advocacy efforts and an invaluable network that enables a consistent voice for life science policy in state capitols."
Members of the CSBA Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 term are:
Russell Allen, CSBA Board Chair, Executive Committee
President and CEO, Georgia Bio
Nathan Tinker, CSBA Vice Chair, Executive Committee
Executive Director, NewYorkBIO
Bob Dayton, Past Chair, Executive Committee
President, Delaware BioScience Association
Kristin Jones, Board Member
President & CEO, Indiana Health Industry Forum
Thomas Kowalski, Board Member
President, Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute
April Giles, Board Member
President & CEO, Colorado BioScience Association
Dennis McNannay, Board Member
Executive Director, Oregon Bioscience Association
"By representing each state bio affiliate, the CSBA serves as a link to thousands of bioscience companies throughout the country," said Russell Allen, CSBA Board Chair and President and CEO, Georgia Bio. "I am honored to chair this distinguished group who work to keep this industry vibrant and competitive in an increasingly global economy."
The CSBA is a confederation of 48 state-based, non-profit trade organizations, each governed by its own board of directors. The mission of the CSBA is to promote public understanding, and to advocate for public policies that support the responsible development of the bioscience industry. These groups are recognized by BIO as affiliate organizations in their respective states.
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.