10 Sep Governor Gathers Biotech Leaders at his Residence
MADISON, WI– Governor Doyle gathered over 100 executives and leaders of Wisconsin’s Biotechnology Industry to his residence Tuesday night to preview his new economic growth package. These leaders included government officials, the Wisconsin Biotechnology Association leadership, The Wisconsin Technology Council as well many biotechnology CEO’s and leading UW-Madison researchers and venture capitalists. The message they heard from governor was his perception about the world class Wisconsin-based Life Science Industry. He offered his full support to make the state a better place to do business and to help cut through regulatory issues and well as his sponsorship of increased research, grant and economic development packages for this developing sector of the Wisconsin economy.
The Department of Commence led by Secretary Nettles will be leading the economic develop charge in conjunction with the Governor.
“The development of biotechnology both in the laboratory and in applications in the marketplace is among the very best stories that we have to tell here in Wisconsin. It is the absolute perfect combination for everything we stand for in this state. We are already building and will continue to build a tremendously thriving and growing industry in this state that is built around research that will make people live better lives in Wisconsin, The U.S. and the World,” said Doyle.
” For Wisconsin to be in the center of this is both a commercial opportunity that we should do every thing possible for the economic good of this state, but it also an incredible responsibility that has been given to us in the state. This is an opportunity that comes along once every several decades to a state that you the chance to do something of this magnitude. We have in the University of Wisconsin, The Marshfield clinic, The Medical College of Wisconsin, we have research capabilities unlike any other state.”
The governor also discussed the growing investment in research at the UW-Madison and the early pioneers of in the development of Wisconsin’s technology industry. He said we know the pathways and have the expertise of how to build a high tech industry. The governor said that it is time for the state and its businesses to deliver. “Not just in the marketplace but in the the type of scientific research to make peoples lives much better, added Doyle.
The Governor’s new economic development package will target technology as a key segment of the economy that resources will be made available to stimulate growth and the creation of new higher paying jobs. The biotechnology industry will benefit by the focus on biotech transfer. He plans to back up his proposals with money and a real coordinated effort at the state level and make sure that the the state is helping transfer the research developed at the state research and educational institutions into the marketplace where they will do “great things for people.”
After his prepared remarks the called on the biotechnology leaders in attendance to help him sell his plan to around than state. He also noted that we have to sell Wisconsin as a place to invest, live and work. The governor asked these leaders to be cheerleaders and to help spread the word. He also reiterated his pledge to veto any legislation that would in any way restrict research whose result would be to help people live longer healthier and happy lives.