The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today presented Sen.
Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) the BIO Legislator of the Year award. As
Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Stabenow
successfully championed reauthorization of Farm Bill energy programs and
expanded them to include renewable chemicals.
Senator Stabenow said, "When we make things and grow things in America,
we create jobs in America. The Farm Bill strengthens investments in
renewable energy and expands support for innovative biobased
manufacturers that are using homegrown resources. This new Farm Bill is
about the future, and I am honored to receive this award from BIO. I
look forward to our continued partnership as we work to expand our
emerging biobased industry."
BIO President & CEO Jim Greenwood stated, "Senator Stabenow never
relented in her effort to reauthorize the Farm Bill. She led the process
with a clear vision to combine America's agricultural productivity with
its strengths in manufacturing and cutting-edge technology, which she
laid out at the start by launching the 'Grow It Here, Make It Here'
initiative. That initiative had a simple premise, that if we use
homegrown technology to manufacture products from renewable agricultural
resources, we can grow our economy and jobs. The final Farm Bill
incorporated the initiative, strengthening the energy programs and
expanding them to support companies that make biobased products and
renewable chemicals, in addition to advanced biofuels. It is exactly the
type of comprehensive policy making that supports long-term innovation
and job creation."
Stephen Rapundalo, President and CEO of MichBio, added, "The successful
enactment of the 2014 Farm Bill legislation is a testament to Sen.
Stabenow's strong leadership and tireless commitment. MichBio applauds
Sen. Stabenow for being such a vocal advocate of the Michigan and U.S.
biobased manufacturing sectors and ensuring hat the necessary triggers
and resources to drive innovation, business growth and job creation were
realized in this important piece of legislation."
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.
MichBio, headquartered in Ann Arbor, is a non-profit biosciences
industry trade association representing more than 600 bioscience
companies, universities and academic institutions dedicated to advancing
Michigan's bioscience industry. MichBio is the official Michigan
affiliate of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, BIO, which
represents biotechnology companies across America and in 33 other
Upcoming BIO Events
Asia International ConferenceApril 8-9, 2014Tokyo, Japan
Congress on Industrial BiotechnologyMay 12-15, 2014Philadelphia,
International ConventionJune 23-26, 2014San Diego, CA
Biotech SummitSeptember 16-18, 2014Sioux Falls, SD
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