ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Michigan Biosciences Industry Association (MichBio) and Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) presented U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Senator Gary Peters and U.S. Representative Fred Upton each with a BIO ‘Innovator in Biotechnology’ Award. The awards were bestowed on Capitol Hill in conjunction with this week’s BIO Legislative Day Fly-In.
“We salute them for introducing and supporting critically important legislation and appreciate their consistent support over the years for this industry that provides over 44,000 high-paying jobs in this state," said Stephen Rapundalo, PhD, MichBio President & CEO.
“From leadership by Rep. Upton in passing the ‘21st Century Cures Act’, that ensure quicker patient access to new, life-changing treatments, to Sen. Stabenow’s directing the enactment of a national, uniform ‘Food Labeling Act’ that better informs consumers, and to Sen. Peters’ for enabling the ‘American Innovation and Competitiveness Act’ to promote scientific research and innovation - these are just some of the examples of their legislative and policy achievements that are helping to grow the biosciences cluster in Michigan and nationally,” Rapundalo added.
MichBio was joined by Harold Chase, Legislative Director, for Ann Arbor-based NSF International, and Patrick Conley, Director, Healthcare Policy and Advocacy for Michigan at Johnson & Johnson, in meetings with all active Congressional offices in the Michigan delegation. Discussions focused on issues critical to the biotechnology industry including fighting the opioid crisis with innovative treatments, appropriate reimbursement for vital therapies under Medicare Parts B and D, transparency in the 340B Drug Discount program, support for the ‘Growing American Food Exports Act’, reauthorization of the ‘Pandemic & All-Hazards Preparedness Act’, support for the Farm Bill and biobased product innovation, and reforming the patent system through the ‘STRONGER Patents Act’ to better promote innovation and target abuses.
Staff and members of the Michigan delegation, along with representatives from MichBio’s member companies and partner organizations, attended the Association’s first-ever Capitol Hill reception. The event recognized the Michigan Congressional delegation for their continued support and to celebrate MichBio’s 25th anniversary of driving biosciences industry growth in the state.
In a related manner, MichBio will host its Michigan Biosciences Day at the Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on Wednesday, April 25. The occasion will allow representatives from MichBio member companies to discuss industry issues with state legislators.
MichBio is the trade association committed to driving growth in Michigan's biosciences industry and its many sectors, including agri-biotech, food and nutrition, bio-based technologies and renewable chemicals, industrial and environmental biotech, medical devices and technologies, pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare, diagnostics and research products, testing and research services, and clinical research. MichBio members include bioscience companies, academic and research institutions, bioscience service providers, and related organizations. For more information, visit www.michbio.org or follow us on Twitter @MichBio.
Photos of the award presentations are available upon request.