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Kind Awarded as BIO's Legislator of the Year

April 1, 2009
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) today was recognized by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) as Legislator of the Year for his strong support of research and development in biotechnologies.

“Wisconsin is one of the world’s leaders in biotechnology research and development, creating innovative breakthroughs in medicine and bringing high-tech jobs and startup companies to the state,” Rep. Kind said.  “I am proud to receive this award and I will continue to advocate for legislation that helps our local businesses, could reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and offers hope of cures to those suffering from debilitating diseases.”

The award was presented to Rep. Kind by three leaders of Wisconsin’s biotech industry: Deven McGlenn, the CEO of NeoClone; Dr. Laura Strong, the President of Quintessence Biosciences; and Ron Kuehn, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Biotechnology & Medical Device Association.

 “Congressman Kind is an ardent supporter of biotechnology and has demonstrated his dedication through leadership on national policy and the important work done on the House Ways & Means Committee.  He understands the benefits the industry provides in the form of economic stability and more high-paying jobs for the state of Wisconsin,” said Dr. Laura Strong, President of Quintessence Biosciences, located in Madison, WI.  “On behalf of Wisconsin’s life sciences industry, we salute Congressman Kind’s efforts.  He is a true friend of the bioscience community and the patients that we serve."

A photograph of Rep. Kind receiving the Legislator of the Year award accompanies this release.  (From left: Quintessence Biosciences President Dr. Laura Strong, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, NeoClone CEO Deven McGlenn, and Wisconsin Biotechnology & Medical Device Association Executive Director Ron Kuehn.)