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Sean O'Reilly promotes Biotechnology jobs in North Carolina

Press release   •   Jun 16, 2011 09:06 EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Monday, June 13, 2011) - Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood released the following statement on President Obama’s trip to North Carolina to meet with members of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness:

“BIO is honored that the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness has included our member company Biogen Idec in its visit to North Carolina to discuss job creation and economic growth. The biotechnology industry has been an engine for economic development and job creation across the country, especially in North Carolina, which is a national leader in biosciences.

“Our sector employs over 50,000 North Carolinians directly and supports a total of 250,000 jobs in the state. These are high wage, high quality, high innovation jobs at companies working to improve the health and the quality of life for patients around the globe.

“Last fall, the President’s Therapeutic Discovery Project (TDP) awarded grants and tax credits to 99 small North Carolina bioscience companies to help fund cutting edge research for the development of new cutting-edge medical treatments and cures and to reduce health care costs. The $36 million investment helped North Carolina companies retain and hire employees to support groundbreaking research.

“It is fitting that President Obama selected a leading biotechnology company like Biogen Idec as a venue for a visit by members of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. As the President has said, ‘The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation.’ Our sector continues to be one of the most innovative industries in the U.S. and remains a world leader in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. BIO thanks President Obama and the members of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness for recognizing biotech’s contribution and commitment to job creation and economic growth.”

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