|[June 19, 2014]
Washington State Senator Liias Honored as BIO Legislator of the Year
SEATTLE --(Business Wire)--
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today its
selection of Senator Marko Liias as a 2014 Legislator of the Year.
Senator Liias received the award today in conjunction with the Life
Science Innovation Northwest conference.
"Senator Liias has distinguished himself as a bipartisan champion for
the life science industry during his tenure in both Washington state's
House and Senate, as well as in the broader community," said BIO
President and CEO Jim Greenwood. "His important work and leadership on a
number of issues of critical importance has enabled biotech companies to
bring life-saving and life-enhancing technologies to market, while
ensuring America remains the world leader in life science innovation."
"As a champion of Washington's biotechnology industry, Senator Liias's
leadership and support of a number of critically important issues,
including co-sponsoring the bipartisan Senate Bill 6430 to renew
industry research and development related tax credits and incentives,"
said Chris Rivera, President of the Washington Biotechnology &
Biomedical Association. "The life science industry in Washington
provides more than $11 billion in annual economic impact and provides
jobs, both directly and indirectly, for over 91,000 people. Senator
Liias has been an invaluable resource for the biotechnology
community. We thank him for supporting the innovative capacity and job
creating potential of life science cmpanies, and congratulate him on
receiving this award."
Photos of the award presentation
are available upon request.
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.
Upcoming BIO Events
IP Counsels Committee Conference
April 23-25, 2014
Springs, CA (News - Alert)
Congress on Industrial Biotechnology
May 12-15, 2014
June 23-26, 2014
San Diego, CA
September 16-18, 2014
Sioux Falls, SD
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