SAN DIEGO, April 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Biocom, the association representing the Southern California life science community, joined the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and other California life science organizations in presenting U.S. Representative Scott Peters (D-San Diego) with a BIO Legislator of the Year Award.
"Congressman Scott Peters is well deserving of the award, having been a champion for the biotechnology community here in California and throughout the country," said Joe Panetta, president and CEO of Biocom. "Representative Peters has distinguished himself by supporting policies that foster innovation, including increasing NIH funding, protecting our U.S. patent system, promoting an industry-friendly tax environment and advocating for science-based regulations. He also co-founded the Congressional Life Science Caucus with Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ) at the end of last year and is a great supporter of this industry that is one of Southern California's economic cornerstones."
Scott Peters, the only lawmaker to have received Biocom's Legislator of the Year Award three times, received the award in conjunction with today's BIO Legislative Day Fly-In, which brings together more than 200 biotechnology industry representatives from over 40 states to discuss pressing issues affecting the life science community. Biocom participated in both the Fly-In and the award presentation. Congressman Peters received Biocom's Legislator of the Year Award in 2008 (as President of the San Diego City Council), 2014, and 2015.
Biocom is one of the largest regional life science associations in the world, representing more than 750 member companies in Southern California. The association focuses on initiatives that position the region's life science industry competitively on the world stage, and on the development and delivery of innovative products that improve health and quality of life. For more information on Biocom or the Southern California biotechnology and medical device community, please visit the organization's Web site at http://www.biocom.org or call (858) 455-0300. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter @BIOCOMCA.
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