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Sinema Named BIO's 2017 Legislator of the Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema was named the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)’s 2017 Legislator of the Year for her work to advance America’s biotechnology industry.

“Arizona is home to some of the best innovators who work every day to create life-changing, life-saving technology,” said Congresswoman Sinema.  “I am honored to earn BIO’s Legislator of the Year award and will continue working with Arizona’s bioscience industries to support innovation, create good jobs, and grow our economy.”

“The life science industry in Arizona delivers an enormous economic impact and provides jobs, both directly and indirectly, to over 124,000 Arizonans,” said Joan Koerber-Walker, Arizona BioIndustry Association President & CEO. “Congresswoman Sinema recognizes the tremendous economic and societal benefits this industry produces and has distinguished herself as a leader for national policy that ultimately benefits people everywhere. We thank the Congresswoman for her outstanding leadership in Arizona and throughout our country,"

“Congresswoman Sinema has been a stalwart advocate for sound public policy that advances the jobs creating potential of America’s biotechnology industry,” said Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO.  “She has distinguished herself through leadership on critically important issues, including the JOBS Act and introduction of the Fostering Innovation Act. Her commitment to support the needs of America’s innovative emerging companies, allows small life science companies the opportunity to focus on what matters – delivering life-saving and life-enhancing products – rather than on excessive reporting requirements.”