Sen. Spilka Named Legislator of Year by Biotech industry Organization

Spilka was recognized for her dedicated work to advance the biotechnology industry, her support of the issues important to the industry and her efforts to attract and retain life science companies in Massachusetts

Yesterday, June 18 State Sen. Karen Spilka was recognized by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) as one of its state legislators of the year at the 2012 BIO International Convention at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and local life science leaders nominated Spilka for the award and she was selected as a recipient by a vote of organization's state government relations committee.

Spilka, who serves as the Senate Chair of the BioTech Legislative Caucus, was recognized for her dedicated work to advance the biotechnology industry, her support of the issues important to the industry and her efforts to attract and retain life science companies in Massachusetts. Spilka's district includes Framingham.

Through her active work to ensure economic development initiatives take into account the medical technology industry, Spilka has helped foster a pro-business and pro-biotechnology environment in the Commonwealth.

The award ceremony took place at the Massachusetts Pavilion at the Convention. The theme of this year’s Pavilion – Lifecycle Massachusetts – illustrates how Massachusetts life sciences organizations span the spectrum of healthcare. From training and education, through research and discovery, and right through to manufacturing and delivery of treatment – this lifecycle is possible thanks to the unique collaboration of all stakeholders in the state’s biotechnology supercluster, including government.

BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations across the country and in more than 30 other nations. Members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial, and environmental biotechnology products.

Natalie June 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM
I met Karen Spilka last Saturday. She is an articulate, strong, humane and EXCELLENT advocate for the middle class. There is no way anyone who seeks political office can escape the realities of our economic system. That system, I believe, at its core is good IF those who gain political power ensure that it is. The problem arises when instead of 50 cable channels from which to choose we get only three. My point: Capitalism works when and only when it is NOT controlled by the few giving the people little choice. The biotech companies are an important resource of our state as Massachusetts is known for its superlative colleges and univerties. In keeping with that it is considered the bluest of states. It is for a reason and that is the intellect of its electorate. The biotech industry here employs thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people. I am a pragmatist. I still believe in working through a system whose state government power brokers, if they possess a decency and humanitarian values at their core, can and DO create a better state, country and indeed world. Because of Senator Spilka's clearly decent humanitarian philosophic core I believe she will oversee and work for the general welfare while retaining jobs that these companies create and are so necessary to our state's economy . I believe as JFK said "we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe ... And we are all mortal." I support Senator Spilka enthusiastically for state Senate.
Natalie June 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Correction to my opinion above: Restating one sentence: The problem arises when instead of 50 cable COMPANIES from which to choose we get only three.
Jim Rizoli June 19, 2012 at 02:12 PM
ALL politicians sell themselves out to big business, that's just the way it is. AIPAC and the lobbyist that support their endeavors run the country. You don't support them wont get any money for your reelection campaigns. The corporations run the country and the politicians answer to their beckon call. The common middle class person are just pawns on the chess board to pay the bills. If you really think that these folks represent what is good for the country than I got a bridge to sell you....one that is built to go nowhere. Go watch the movie the distinguished Gentleman with Eddie Murphy good movie that shows how things are done. Excellent movie for the folks living in Reardon Park area. Jim@ccfiile.com
Joe Rizoli June 19, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Karen has shown where she stands on illegal immigration. It is shameful. The lawmakers have sided with the lawbreakers. They have betrayed the country. If she had as much interigity to stand up for the middle class it would be commendable. But when they advocate for people who break the law through countless document fraud and keep silent then I have no use for her or her party affiliation. Joe Rizoli
Walt Magee June 20, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Would you expect anything else from a liberal-progressive.


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