Thursday, January 18, 2007

Virginia Bioscience Podcast: Virginia General Assembly

VaBIO has posted their latest Podcast. The guests are members of the state legislature. In addition to biotech issues, Senator Stosch talks about taxes and transportation.

This edition of the Virginia Bioscience Podcast features several elected officials from the Virginia General Assembly discussing the role of state government in the development of the biotechnology industry.

This panel discussion was recorded on December 14, 2006 at the Virginia Biotechnology Association’s policy conference on effective state economic development policies for the bioscience industry. The panelists include three members of the Senate of Virginia: Walter Stosch of Henrico County, Ryan McDougle of Hanover County and Benjamin Lambert of the City of Richmond. Also speaking on the panel is Dr. John O’Bannon, a member of the House of Delegates representing a suburban district in Henrico County and Patrick Gottschalk, Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade. The moderator of the session is Hugh Keogh, the president of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

The program starts with remarks by Delegate O’Bannon, followed by Senators Stosch and McDougle, then concludes with a question from the audience.

The focus of the program is what the state should specifically do to help expand Virginia’s biotechnology industry. The panelists also address major issues facing the legislature such as the transportation impasse and tax increases.

The program lasts approximately twenty minutes. The host of the program is Mark Herzog, executive director of the Virginia Biotechnology Association.

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