U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) was recently recognized for her leadership efforts with the 2017 Bio Legislator of the Year.
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood spoke of Sinema’s importance to the organization and its efforts.
“Congresswoman Sinema has been a stalwart advocate for sound public policy that advances the jobs creating potential of America’s biotechnology industry," Greenwood said in a press release. "She has distinguished herself through leadership on critically important issues, including the JOBS Act and introduction of the Fostering Innovation Act."
Sinema said she was “honored” to be receiving such an admirable and honorable award.
Arizona is home to some of the best innovators who work every day to create life-changing, life-saving technology,” she said in the release. “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 importance of the science sector in Arizona and the United States is high, as it provides numerous jobs, and advances economic development, according to the release.
“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," Greenwood said.