Policy Update- Champions for the Life Sciences Industry

September 12, 2013

Ed Markey

At a ceremonial swearing-in at Faneuil Hall in Boston, U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey takes the oath of office as his wife, Susan Blumenthal, holds the Bible.

Federal Update

On Tuesday, July 16, Vice President Joseph Biden administered the oath of office to the now junior Senator from Massachusetts, Edward J. Markey. As a Congressman, Ed Markey was not only committed to the people of his district, but was also a true champion for innovation. Throughout his tenure, Ed Markey was a dedicated advocate for increasing NIH funding and he developed initiatives that led to advances in energy, technology, and biomedical research that helped form and grow today’s innovation economy.

As he takes on his new role as U.S. Senator, we look forward to Senator Markey’s continued support and partnership. Together, we can continue to build a climate that supports and encourages breakthroughs that will improve the lives of people both in Massachusetts and around the world.

We also look forward to a spirited race to fill Senator Markey’s former Congressional seat, which represents a district that includes a large number of MassBio member companies and employees. Three of the candidates recognized the importance of the life sciences industry in the district and recently visited MassBio to share their views on the race and the future of innovation in this ever-changing political landscape. State Senator Katherine Clark, a Democrat from Melrose, Middlesex County Sheriff and former state Representative Peter Koutoujian, and current Biotech Caucus co-chair state Senator Karen Spilka participated in informative and passionate dialogues with MassBio Board members, staff and other stakeholders. The primary is set for October 15, with the general election to be held on December 10.

State Update

In May, MassBio hosted an event for a great friend to the life sciences industry, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. Speaker DeLeo joined us for breakfast to meet with key representatives from our member companies and led an excellent discussion on the current budget process and issues of import to the industry and innovation economy including some insight on STEM education and the importance of sufficiently preparing our teachers and students to be the Commonwealth’s future workforce.

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