ST. LOUIS, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Matt Blunt today received the national Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) "Award for Leadership Excellence" for his support of the biotechnology and life science industries in Missouri. Blunt received the award from state and national biotechnology leaders at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the inaugural meeting of the Advisory Council for Plant Biotechnology. The council is charged with assessing the state's current plant bioscience environment to determine how the state can best capitalize on its assets and emerge more fully as a world-class life sciences leader. "Governor Blunt has demonstrated significant leadership by directing the state's focus on a number of life science issues," said Kelly Gillespie, executive director of the Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO). MOBIO is a statewide nonprofit trade association dedicated to development and growth of the Missouri biotechnology and biomedical industry and is the recognized state affiliate of BIO. "This award from the national organization is recognition of the great bioscience achievements being developed in Missouri, as well as recognition that this governor has committed to protecting, nurturing and encouraging this important economic sector which is known for creating high-quality, stable jobs." "Governor Blunt understands the need to protect Missouri's national reputation as a science-friendly environment. Blunt's key leadership appointments to the departments of agriculture and economic development have been applauded by industry observers. Missouri farmers are poised to leverage their production abilities with greater stewardship toward the environment than ever before. The advisory council is yet further evidence of the governor's vision to encourage ethical, sound-science based policy directives," said Gillespie. The Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO) is a nonprofit trade association that serves all Missouri organizations interested in the life sciences. MOBIO is composed of a broad cross-section of companies, institutions of higher education, research organizations and related firms involved in research, development and commercialization of the life sciences, plant sciences and animal sciences. MOBIO members promote economic development in Missouri by supporting life science research and practical applications that benefit the general population. MOBIO is the state affiliate of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).
SOURCE Biotechnology Industry Organization