As the president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), it is my privilege to represent an industry that is saving and improving the lives, health, and well-being of billions of people around the world. Innovative biotechnology products are transforming the fight against disease, hunger, and pollution. I am proud to be associated with the dedicated men and women who make up the biotechnology industry and who are at the forefront of creating solutions to some of our most pressing global challenges.
I am equally proud of the significant life science contributions of my hometown, the Greater Philadelphia region. Having represented parts of this region as a state and federal legislator, I have been a witness to its remarkable rise.
Our region's success is built on strong foundations, starting with world-class research universities and medical centers that provide a steady stream of innovative new ideas. In the private sector we support the full spectrum - from biotech start-ups to multinational pharmaceutical companies. This critical mass of talent and experience is helping our region attract more research dollars and greater partnering opportunities.
Another key to success has been the solid support from policymakers, including major public investments in developing the infrastructure, and the highly skilled workforce that a growing life science cluster demands.
I was proud to see my home region's achievements showcased when Philadelphia hosted the 2005 BIO International Convention. The continued support, growth, and success of the life sciences in the Greater Philadelphia region will happen because of the hard work, determination, and imagination of the people and companies profiled in this supplement.
To protect our ability to develop biotech products that contribute to a better world, we must better inform policymakers and the public about the benefits of biotechnology, the innovation process, and how their decisions affect our work. I appreciate the editors of The Scientist helping to tell that story with the articles you are about to read.
The life sciences offer us hope for a world with less disease, more healthful and abundant food, and more renewable sources of energy. I expect many of those future breakthroughs to have their roots right here in the Greater Philadelphia region.
James C. Greenwood