PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) will present New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy with its 2019 Governor of the Year award today in recognition of his leadership and commitment to strengthening the bioscience industry. Governor Murphy will receive the award in conjunction with the 2019 BIO International Convention.
“Biotech innovation is not just key to New Jersey’s thriving economy and creating more jobs, but it unlocks the door to important life-saving, and enhancing advances that ultimately benefit us all,” said Governor Murphy. “Thanks to our investments in skills training and economic development initiatives, our state’s world-class biotechnology industry is only getting stronger. I am proud of New Jersey’s biotech industry and the value it brings and am deeply honored to receive this award.”
“Governor Murphy is a tireless advocate for initiatives that support the unique needs of early-stage companies. He has successfully enhanced New Jersey’s stature as one of the nation’s most vibrant biotech clusters through strong support for policies that benefit a pro-job and pro-biotechnology environment,” said Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO. “The Governor’s leadership in this field will continue to benefit his state and region, in terms of jobs and innovation, for years to come.”
“From the moment he was inaugurated, Governor Murphy has been a champion of innovative growth strategies in New Jersey,” said Debbie Hart, President of BioNJ. “By attracting and supporting industry growth, he has been a driving force behind our state’s leadership within the biotech industry. On behalf of New Jersey’s life-science community, I commend Governor Murphy for this well-deserved award.”
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.