Gov. Matt Blunt Honored With Significant National Biotech Award

Sep 13, 2005, 01:00 ET from Biotechnology Industry Organization

    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