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Local legislator Spilka being honored at biotech convention today

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  June 18, 2012 01:38 PM

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A local legislator will be recognized today by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, or BIO, as one of their State Legislators of the Year at their 2012 international convention being held in Boston this week.

The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and local life science leaders nominated state Senator Karen Spilka, an Ashland Democrat, for the award, and she was selected as a recipient by a vote of BIO’s State Government Relations Committee.

BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations across the country and in more than 30 other nations.

Over 15,500 attendees from more than 60 countries, including numerous U.S. officials and foreign dignitaries, are expected to attend the convention.

Spilka, who serves as the Senate Chair of the BioTech Legislative Caucus, is being recognized for her work to advance the biotechnology industry, her support of the issues important to the industry, and her efforts to attract and retain life science companies in Massachusetts.

Through her active work to ensure economic development initiatives take into account the medical technology industry, Spilka has helped foster a pro-business and pro-biotechnology environment in the commonwealth, according to a statement from her office.

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Massachusetts Pavilion at the convention. The theme of this year’s pavilion – Lifecycle Massachusetts – illustrates how Massachusetts life sciences organizations span the spectrum of healthcare.

From training and education, through research and discovery, and right through to manufacturing and delivery of treatment – this lifecycle is possible thanks to the unique collaboration of all stakeholders in the state’s biotechnology supercluster, including government, according to the statement.

The convention features hundreds of sessions covering biotech trends, policy issues and technological innovations, and the world’s largest biotechnology exhibition. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial, and environmental biotechnology products.

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