Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo Presented 2017 BIO Governor of the Year Award

PROVIDENCE, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Biotechnology
Innovation Organization
 (BIO) today presented Rhode Island Governor
Gina Raimondo with its 2017 Governor of the Year award in recognition of
her leadership and commitment to strengthening the bioscience industry
within Rhode Island. Governor Raimondo received the award at the National
Governor’s Association Summer Meeting
, held at the Providence
Convention Center.

“As Governor, I wake up every morning focused on creating jobs for Rhode
Islanders,” Raimondo said. “Thanks to our investments in skills training
and economic development, our state’s biotechnology industry is strong
and getting stronger. We will soon break ground on the Wexford
Innovation Complex in Providence’s I-195 District, and are preparing to
launch an innovative workforce program in partnership with the
biotechnology industry to provide Rhode Islanders with the skills they
need for the biotech jobs we are creating here. I am proud of the
progress we’ve made, and am deeply honored to receive this award.”

“Governor Raimondo is a tireless advocate for initiatives that support
the unique needs of early-stage companies. She works every day to
enhance Rhode Island’s biotech growth through her strong support for
policies that benefit a pro-jobs environment,” said Gary Andres, Senior
Executive Vice President of Public Affairs of BIO. “Her leadership on
the creation of a major life-sciences campus has provided the foundation
for attracting and supporting industry growth. The Governor’s leadership
in this field will continue to benefit her state, in terms of jobs and
innovation, for years to come.”

“From the moment she was inaugurated, Governor Raimondo has been a
champion of innovative growth strategies in Rhode Island,” said Carol
Malysz, Executive Director of MedMates.
“By attracting and supporting industry growth and university research,
she has been a driving force behind our growing biotech community. On
behalf of Rhode Island’s life-science community, I commend Governor
Raimondo for this well-deserved award.”

Photos available upon request.

About BIO

BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology
companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and
related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other
nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of
innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental
biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO
International Convention
, the world’s largest gathering of the
biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and
partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW
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