State biotechnology association connects members with legislators, leaders in Alabama life sciences
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The state’s biotechnology advocacy group, BioAlabama, hosted “Legislative Day” Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala.
The purpose of the day was to connect statewide BioAlabama members with legislators and leaders in the Alabama life science community. The overall goal was to inform the public, members and state leaders the impact that the outstanding research institutes, universities and companies in the biotechnology fields have on Alabama’s economy. Additionally, BioAlabama will support legislation that enables existing organizations to continue to thrive as well as generate job growth for the state.
“BioAlabama is proud to represent and advocate for those working in the biosciences throughout our state,” stated Carter Wells, Chairman of BioAlabama and Vice President for Economic Development at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Ala. “The talented people of this industry are making a difference in drug discovery, agriculture, genomics, medical devices and diagnostics, among many others. The impact to Alabama’s economy and reputation is tremendous, and BioAlabama members want to make sure we work with our leaders in Montgomery to support our existing companies and recruit more knowledge-based jobs to Alabama.”
Senator Arthur Orr, Chairman, Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee and a Co-Chair of the biotech legislative caucus stated, “Alabama has a strong presence in the biosciences, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature to encourage more growth in this area of innovation.”
Members of the BioAlabama Board of Directors spent the day meeting with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, Senate General Fund Chairman Arthur Orr, House Rules Chairman Mac McCutcheon and House Technology and Research Chairman Phil Williams, among others.
BioAlabama is a statewide nonprofit organization representing Alabama’s bio related industries, research scientists, clinicians and business professionals who are working together to foster, develop and support the life sciences in Alabama. The BAA is the state affiliate in Alabama of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the preeminent national association of biotechnology companies.