This is an excerpt of a story originally published by the Gloucester Daily Times on April 15, 2023.
“In this room, I am very cognizant, very cognizant of what you all do because quite honestly , if it weren’t for all of you, and if was not specifically for Dr. Glimcher, and her team, I would not be here today,” she said.
Ferrante credited those in the room for their work, drive, passion, curiosity and scientific knowledge “and the quest for the extension of life which brings me to this, in this moment and in this time on this stage. It’s you,” she said.
“You could hear a pin drop as Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, MassBio’s 2022 Legislator of the Year, relayed her own personal story about how this industry saved her life. and she didn’t stop there, speaking about the new opportunities that diverse and disadvantaged young people in her hometown of Gloucester are taking advantage of through GMGI’s biotech academy,” read a blog post about the event on MassBio’s website by Burlin O’Connell.
Ferrante, the vice chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, received a standing ovation from the room as she accepted the award.
“Representative Ferrante is a true advocate for the life sciences industry,” Burlin O’Connell told the audience, “but more importantly for patients.”