Statement regarding the retirement of U.S. Senator Richard Shelby from HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology Chairman and Co-founder Jim Hudson and President and Science Director Rick Myers:

Sen. Shelby on a tour of HudsonAlpha in 2015

“All of us at HudsonAlpha are grateful for Senator Richard Shelby’s support of science across the state and throughout the country. He has been a champion for the National Institutes of Health and should be lauded for his leadership of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Shelby is a dedicated, tireless advocate for Alabama and his impact on our state will last for decades to come. Senator Shelby demonstrated unique qualities that enabled him to be successful beyond measure: the vision and skill of leadership earned through years of service; the mastery of the inner workings of the legislative process; and the will to work with others, understand the complexities of great challenges and then persevere to find success. Alabama’s institutions and businesses and the nation as a whole have benefited immeasurably due to Senator Shelby’s determined efforts.”

Jim Hudson, HudsonAlpha Co-Founder
Rick Myers, PhD, President, Science Director and M.A. Loya Chair in Genomics