Monday, March 31, 2008

BIO Welcomes Two New State Organizations Aboard Industry Council

BIO Welcomes Two New State Organizations Aboard Industry Council

Oklahoma and Nevada Join Coalition Promoting Growth and Understanding of the Biotechnology Industry

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced that newly-formed bioscience organizations in Oklahoma and Nevada have agreed to join the Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA), an autonomous council operating within BIO.

“We are very pleased to welcome the Nevada Biotechnology and Biosciences Consortium and the Oklahoma BioScience Association as members of the CSBA," said Patrick Kelly, Vice President of State Government Relations and Alliance Development at BIO. "The CSBA is an integral part of BIO's advocacy infrastructure. We work closely CSBA member organizations to improve understanding of the bioscience industry and advocate for policies that help promote industry development throughout the United States. With the addition of Nevada and Oklahoma, the CSBA grows to 47 organizations in 42 states."

“As members of the CSBA, these new biotechnology associations will be able to draw upon the support of their colleagues in the other state capitals across the country,” said Mark Herzog, chairman of the CSBA and executive director of the Virginia Biotechnology Association. “That network has been essential over the last several years as state legislatures weigh the risks of not adequately investing in the growth of this life saving industry.”

About BIO

BIO represents more than 1,200 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.

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