Governor Perdue Named BIO Governor of the Year
|Thursday, April 23, 2009||
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“The biotechnology industry means a lot to
“Governor Perdue’s support of biotechnology has been vital for our industry’s success in
The organization also released the results of its first-ever economic impact study of the life sciences industry in
The bioscience industry in
Among the many programs Governor Perdue implemented to advance life sciences in the state are the first-ever seed capital and facilities funds focused specifically on the life sciences industry. The Georgia Bioscience has been used to support 16 start-up companies over the past two years. The life sciences facilities fund assists companies with facility needs including new building and laboratory construction.
Governor Perdue has also allocated an average of between $30 million and $40 million a year to the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) and Georgia Cancer Coalition to invest in strengthening research in life sciences and other advanced technologies at the state’s universities. A centerpiece of these investments is recruitment of eminent scholars to
In 2008, $7.5 million was allocated to establish a GRA Venture Capital Fund, which will invest in companies growing out of research at
Governor Perdue has supported major life sciences-related research infrastructure projects at the state’s universities, such as the
In 2008 Governor Perdue issued an executive order suspending state sales tax collections on free samples of prescription drugs and investigational drugs in clinical trials.
Governor Perdue also has allocated significant funding and resources to support the success of the 2009 Biotechnology Industry Organization International Convention in
In addition, the Governor has been a leader in improving life sciences education and workforce development. Together with Georgia Bio, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development has launched a comprehensive program whose major goals are to create an articulated life sciences career pathway from high school to technical colleges to universities; create training for the existing life sciences industry workforce; eliminate the skills gap using Work Ready Certificates and Work Ready job profiling; and increase high school graduation rates through Certified Work Ready Communities.
The Governor’s nomination was submitted by Georgia Bio (GaBio). The organization’s president, Charles Craig, said, “Governor Perdue recognizes a robust life sciences industry is essential for the state’s economic growth. His record of support for