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Daugaard Presented BIO Lifetime Champion Award
South Dakota Ag Connection - 06/11/2018

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) presented South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard with a Lifetime Champion Award in recognition of his stalwart leadership and commitment to strengthening South Dakota's growing biotechnology industry. He received the award in conjunction with the 2018 BIO International Convention held in Boston, Mass.

"Biotechnology innovation is not just good for South Dakota's economy. It unlocks the door to important medical, food production, animal health and renewable energy advances as well," said Governor Daugaard. "I am proud to say companies across the biotechnology spectrum have taken notice of what we are doing in South Dakota and have decided to put down roots with us. I am honored to receive this acknowledgement on behalf of the State of South Dakota for our support of innovations that help feed, fuel and heal the world."

"Thanks to the leadership of Governor Daugaard, South Dakota has steadily grown and diversified its biotechnology industry," said Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO. "Governor Daugaard has demonstrated his unyielding commitment to building a strong bioscience economy in South Dakota. As a champion of innovation, Governor Daugaard recently signed forward-looking legislation that will provide patients more opportunities to address their medical needs, through the substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. This bill particularly benefits severely ill patients who rely on complex biological treatments, but also ensures better communications between patients, pharmacists and physicians. We thank him for his service!"

"Governor Daugaard has been an exemplary leader in enhancing South Dakota's excellence in the field of biotechnology through strong support for policies that benefit a pro-jobs and pro-biotechnology environment. Governor Daugaard has always been a pro-business advocate for initiatives that support the unique needs of our state's early-stage companies," said Joni Johnson, Executive Director of the South Dakota Biotech. "We thank him for his support, both in his current leadership position and through his 22 years of service to citizens of South Dakota!"

BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world's largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling "innovations transforming our world" and the BIO Newsletter is the organization's bi-weekly email newsletter.

South Dakota Biotech is the state affiliate of the Biotech Industry Organization (BIO), the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations. Formed in 2006, this non-profit organization is dedicated to developing biotechnology through expanding research, advocacy, funding, education, infrastructure development and promotion. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota Biotech strives to create an expansive bio-based economy in all areas of the life sciences including Human Health, Food and Agriculture and Renewable Energy Biotechnology to drive innovation to feed, fuel, and heal the world.

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