Oregon Bio team flies in to Capitol Hill

(Portland, Ore.) – Oregon Bioscience Association participated in the 2019 BIO Legislative Day Fly-In with two of our member companies, DesignMedix and RevMedx. Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) had a strong turnout with representatives from over 41 states and more than 200 biotechnology and life science industry leaders from across the U.S. attended in the District of Columbia.

Oregon Bio met with Members of Congress and staff to discuss our key legislative priorities. In meeting with our Congressional representatives and staff, one of our key messages was to ensure that the next generation of biotechnology breakthroughs get to the people who need them most. Our lawmakers have a role to play in supporting policies that foster innovation and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit and that address patient access to therapies, treatments and cures. Oregon Congressional delegates and their staff heard how the ability to innovate had made it possible for DesignMedix to offer a solution to treat malaria where other drugs are failing – a solution that is expected to be made available in areas of need for less than $1 a dose. They also got to see the XSTAT, a RevMedx product in use on the battlefield and among first responders statewide, in action.

Members of the BIO Board of Directors from innovative biotechnology companies both big and small also participated in BIO’s Annual Legislative Day Fly-In.  Participants utilized this opportunity to discuss concrete ways in which our businesses can work with the Administration and Congress to achieve our shared policy goals and encourage the continued growth, success, and innovation of the American biotechnology industry. BIO, Oregon Bio and the rest of the state associations are committed to working with our elected officials to ensure an environment exists conducive to allowing our member companies to continue innovating and ensuring patient access.

Oregon Bio staff welcomes future participation by our member companies. For more information or to participate in an upcoming fly-in, email liisa@oregonbio.org.

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