CHICAGO, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett was honored today by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) with its 2013 BIO Governor of the Year Award in recognition of his leadership and commitment to strengthening the biotechnology and public health sectors within Pennsylvania.
Corbett received the award today at the 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago, Ill.
"This recognition from the Biotechnology Industry Organization acknowledges efforts by my administration to strengthen and further build the life sciences industry in Pennsylvania," Corbett said.
"By supporting initiatives that stimulate growth within the industry – from helping entrepreneurs quickly transform ideas into commercial products to supporting the establishment and expansion of biotech companies – we are ensuring the biotech economy will continue to grow and flourish in Pennsylvania.
"We are proud to continue to serve as a national leader of how to unlock the best of what the life sciences industry has to offer," Corbett said.
In 2011, Corbett assembled a Life Sciences Leadership Advisory Council, with representation from the Pennsylvania legislature, the administration, academia, industry and the investment community, to develop a 10-year strategic plan to strengthen the industry.
Through a series of meetings and analysis, the council identified Pennsylvania's competitive advantages and opportunities to enhance the industry's strength and to facilitate future job creation.
Corbett has since taken many of the recommendations from the council as guidance for future policies, including:
|SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor|
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