WEST CHESTER (February 12) – State Senator Andy Dinniman was recently named State Public Official of the Year by Pennsylvania Bio, the only statewide trade association representing Pennsylvania’s entire bioscience industry.

 

Dinniman, who has been a leader in supporting the development and growth of the commonwealth’s bioscience industry, said he was honored and humbled by the award.

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“The bioscience industry means so much to our region and our commonwealth. It means good, high-paying jobs for so many residents. It means a great quality of life for so many families. And it means endless opportunity for entrepreneurs and innovators,” Dinniman said. “For so many Pennsylvanians, the bioscience industry has truly been the path to the American dream. I want to thank Pennsylvania Bio for this honor and for continuing to work with me to ensure that the bioscience industry remains a backbone of our economy for generations to come.”

 

The State Public Official of the Year recognizes a public official from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has distinguished him/herself as a leader in the bioscience industry. Dinniman was selected by the Pennsylvania Bio Board Advocacy Committee from nominations provided by Pennsylvania Bio’s State Public Policy Committee.

 

“The leadership shown this past year by Senator Dinniman has been a crucial component in the continued growth and leadership of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the life sciences,” said Christopher P. Molineaux, president of Pennsylvania Bio.  “Senator Dinniman is an outstanding advocate working hard to ensure that this vital economic driver for the Commonwealth maintains its global leadership position.”

 

Senator Dinniman (right) chats with Christopher P. Molineaux, president of Pennsylvania Bio (left) at the BioPharma Conference held in May 2012 at West Chester University.

Senator Dinniman (right) chats with Christopher P. Molineaux, president of Pennsylvania Bio (left) at the BioPharma Conference held in May 2012 at West Chester University.

“Senator Dinniman plays a crucial role in advancing our industry,” added Vincent Milano, President and Chief Executive Officer of ViroPharma Incorporated and chairman of the Pennsylvania Bio Board of Directors.  “It is an honor to recognize his dedication to the commonwealth, innovation, and the patients we all seek to serve by presenting them these awards.”

 

Over the summer, Dinniman organized a BioPharma Conference attended by hundreds of industry executives and leaders and focused on examining new approaches for keeping the bioscience and pharmaceutical fields strong amid the global restructuring that is currently taking place. To read a report on the conference’s findings click here.

 

In July, the Innovation Center at Eagleview, Chester County’s first incubator for startup companies in the life sciences industry and one of the key ideas endorsed by participants at the conference, opened in Uwchlan. The incubator gives entrepreneurs a chance to launch their own companies to provide research and development services to the region’s vast array of biopharma companies.

 

December marked the opening of the new Route 29 slip ramp, a project Dinniman championed that links Route 29 and the array of corporate parks in the area to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The slip ramp was a substantial transportation infrastructure improvement that directly resulted in major bioscience companies like Endo Health Solutions and Shire Pharmaceuticals building headquarters in the nearby Atwater Business Park.

 

Senator Dinniman will be honored March 13 at the Pennsylvania Bio Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration for his significant contributions in support of the life sciences industry and for preserving policies to protect the industry in Harrisburg.

 

For more information on the annual dinner, please visit http://www.pabio.org/?page_id=646.

 

For more information contact Senator Dinniman’s West Chester Office at (610) 692-2112, or e-mail acirucci@pasenate.com.

 

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