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Rep. Frank Lucas Named BIO Legislator of the Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 20, 2005) -- The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has named Representative Frank D. Lucas (R, OK-3) as a “Legislator of the Year” for 2004-2005.

“Representative Lucas is a valued partner in promoting agricultural biotechnology and in advocating for a science-based regulatory system for agricultural biotech products.  He champions efforts to open markets and reduce trade barriers that continue to hurt American farmers,” BIO President Jim Greenwood stated.  “In addition to his leadership on agricultural biotechnology, the Congressman has been very supportive of research and development as a member of the House Science Committee and has supported renewable biofuel energy.”

Congressman Lucas was honored at a breakfast today at the Reserve Officers Association by more than 200 biotechnology industry representatives from 33 states.

The industry representatives will participate in more than 300 meetings with key members of the House and Senate today as part of the BIO Legislative Day event.  Participants will discuss the critical issues facing the biotechnology industry, including drug safety, Medicare reimbursement, tax and capital formation, and reducing trade barriers for American farmers.

BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and 31 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.