Biotech: The States of the Industry


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In this special Forum, Governors from five biotech-centered states report what their states are doing to capitalize on and support biotechnology initiatives and where they believe the biotech and life-sciences industry is headed.
There are a complex array of factors influencing the allocation of resources and the nature of industry development: the presence of universities, talent in the workforce, climate and geography, sufficiency of business capital, and historical economic influences, so say analysts at Battelle. And ultimately, these characteristics combine to impact a local or regional economy and most often determine its success…

Key Findings From Battelle
Sound Bites From the Field
Biotech Development Costs
Economics Drive Partnership Deals for Biotech Companies
Nation’s Governors Leading Health Reform Efforts
The 2007 State New Economy Index: Benchmarking Economic Transformation in the States

Featured Governors
Rod R. Blagojevich, Governor of Illinois. Gov. Blagojevich is the 40th governor of Illinois. As Illinois’ CEO, Gov. Blagojevich is working aggressively to create jobs, build stronger communities, provide Illinois families the tools they need to improve their lives, and restore the people’s confidence in state government. Gov. Blagojevich’s top priority is ensuring access to quality healthcare for everyone in Illinois. That is why Gov. Blagojevich proposed a historic and comprehensive plan to give every Illinoisan access to affordable and quality health coverage. For more information, visit
Charlie Crist, Governor of Florida. Gov. Crist is the 44th governor of Florida. Gov. Crist has four initiatives aimed at improving healthcare in the state of Florida: make healthcare more affordable by leveraging the power of Floridians to negotiate better prices for prescription drugs; improve access to care by increasing healthcare options so that emergency care is not the only choice, strengthening health in our rural communities, and increasing the quality of emergency care; make a commitment to prevention; and improve the quality of care through innovation. For more information, visit
Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor of Michigan. Gov. Granholm was re-elected the 47th governor of Michigan in November 2006. Gov. Granholm’s focus on families has meant expanded healthcare coverage for 300,000 uninsured Michiganians. She saved the state almost $40 million in 2003 by introducing the nation’s first bulk-buying pool for prescription drugs; in 2004, she extended those savings to citizens by introducing the MiRx Card, which provides discount prescription drugs to thousands of uninsured families. Her Michigan First Health Care Plan will be the first in the state’s history to extend universal access to affordable healthcare to every family in Michigan. For more information, visit
Edward G. Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania. Gov. Rendell, Pennsylvania’s 45th Governor, began a second term of office on Jan. 16, 2007. Gov. Rendell championed a dramatic increase in the number of older Pennsylvanians who receive affordable prescription drugs through Pennsylvania’s PACE and PACENET programs. He also brokered an agreement for the federal government to assume much of the cost of providing prescription assistance to seniors, allowing state funds to be reallocated to support other important services for older Pennsylvanians. For more information, visit
Kathleen Sebelius, Governor of Kansas. In 2003, Gov. Sebelius became the 44th governor of the state of Kansas; she was elected to a second term in 2006. The rising cost of healthcare is a threat to families and businesses, which is why the governor is working to lower health costs, starting with the 30% of every healthcare dollar that goes to administrative costs. She has also proposed providing health insurance to every uninsured Kansas child from birth to age 5 to give these children a healthy start on life. For more information, visit