State and Local Issues at BIO
The biosciences are one of the fastest growing industry segments in the United States - employing more than 1.3 million people engaged in the research and development of pioneering therapies, medical devices, improved agricultural products and practices as well as alternative energy production processes and industrial products. We at BIO are excited about the promise of the biosciences to truly revolutionize the world we live in. We are committed to working with all state officials to help grow and foster the development of this vital industry.
Virginia State Senator Herring Honored as BIO Legislator of the Year
"As a sponsor of the Science and Technology Research Development and Commercialization Act, Senator Herring skillfully negotiated a compromise that ensured the billís passage," said Patrick Kelly, BIOís vice president of State Government Relations and Alliance Development. "Senator Herring is helping to ensure that his state remains a globally recognized center for science and technology."
Read the news release
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley Honored as BIO Governor of the Year
"Governor OíMalley has done an exemplary job enhancing and expanding Marylandís stature as one of the nationís most vibrant biotech clusters. His funding and support of biotech tax credits is a model for federal legislation that supports critical early-stage capital formation. His leadership in this field will continue to benefit his state, in terms of jobs and innovation, for years to come," said Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO.
Read the news release
Hawaii State Representative Tsuji Discusses Agricultural Challenges
Hawaii State Representative Clift Tsuji, who currently serves as Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture, discusses his island state's unique agricultural challenges and the opportunity for GMOs and organics to coexist. .Rep. Tsuji was elected to the 3rd District in the State House of Representatives in 2004. He represents the Hawaii island communities of South Hilo, Panaewa, Puna, Keaau, and Kurtistown. Rep. Tsuji was selected as a 2010 BIO Legislators of the Year in recognition of his leadership and support of the agricultural bioscience industry.