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July 17, 2014 - International confederation of biotechnology trade associations announced ratification of bylaws creating International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA), which will advocate for public policies supporting growth of innovative biotechnology industry worldwide. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, elected as ICBA Chairman, said that forming ICBA allows industry to better coordinate, organize, and face these challenging issues globally together.

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Original Press Release

New Council of International Biotech Associations Formed

Press release date: July 10, 2014

Group’s Membership Represents Six Continents

WASHINGTON--An international confederation of biotechnology trade associations announced today the ratification of bylaws creating the International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA), with the expressed purpose of advocating for public policies that support the growth of the innovative biotechnology industry worldwide.

“However, the biotechnology sector faces both challenges and opportunities that cross borders. In forming the ICBA, our industry is taking an important step that allows us to better coordinate, organize and face these issues around the world together.”

Jim Greenwood, BIO’s President and Chief Executive Officer, was elected ICBA Chairman, and Nathalie Moll, Secretary General of EuropaBio, was elected Vice Chair, each serving a two-year term. The Council will meet annually at the BIO International Convention.

“The increasingly global biotechnology industry provides breakthrough products and technologies that combat debilitating and rare diseases, reduce our environmental footprint, feed the hungry, use less and cleaner energy, and have safer, cleaner and more efficient industrial manufacturing processes,” said Greenwood. “However, the biotechnology sector faces both challenges and opportunities that cross borders. In forming the ICBA, our industry is taking an important step that allows us to better coordinate, organize and face these issues around the world together."

“Biotechnology is geared at enhancing our quality of life and responding to society’s grand challenges such as an ageing and ever increasing population, healthcare choice and affordability, resource efficiency, food security, climate change, energy shortages and economic growth,” said Moll. “The ICBA will advocate for more efficient and effective governance, science-based regulatory systems and the right framework conditions for competitiveness and innovation to ensure faster and more equitable access to biotech products and processes for patients, farmers and consumers around the world."

ICBA Founding Members are as follows:

AfricaBio - Africa

ASSOBIOTEC - Italy

Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises - India

AusBiotech - Australia

Belgian Biotech Association - Belgium

BIO Deutschland - Germany

BioIndustry Association – United Kingdom

BIOTECanada - Canada

Biotechnology Industry Organization – United States of America

EuropaBio - Europe

Foro Argentino de Biotecnologia - Argentina

German Association of Biotechnology Industries - Germany

HollandBIO - Netherlands

Hungarian Biotech Association - Hungary

Japan Bioindustry Association - Japan

Norwegian Bioindustry Association – Norway

PeruBiotech - Peru

Portugal’s Biotechnology Industry Organization – Portugal

Spanish Bioindustry Association - Spain

Swiss Biotech Association - Switzerland

Contacts

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
George Goodno, 202-962-6660

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