Daugaard receives biotech Lifetime Champion Award

June 6, 2018

The international BIO organization has presented Gov. Dennis Daugaard with its Lifetime Champion Award in recognition of his leadership and commitment to strengthening biotechnology.

Daugaard received the award at this week’s BIO International Convention, which he attended the day after announcing two major biotech expansions would anchor the new USD Discovery District in northwest Sioux Falls.

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“Biotechnology innovation is not just good for South Dakota’s economy. It unlocks the door to important medical, food production, animal health and renewable energy advances as well,” Daugaard said in a statement.

“I am proud to say companies across the biotechnology spectrum have taken notice of what we are doing in South Dakota and have decided to put down roots with us. I am honored to receive this acknowledgement on behalf of the state of South Dakota for our support of innovations that help feed, fuel and heal the world.”

South Dakota has steadily grown and diversified its biotech industry, said Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of BIO, calling Daugaard a “champion of innovation” and praising him for signing legislation that allows for the substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines.

“Gov. Daugaard has demonstrated his unyielding commitment to building a strong bioscience economy in South Dakota,” Greenwood said. “This bill particularly benefits severely ill patients who rely on complex biological treatments but also ensures better communications between patients, pharmacists and physicians.”

Daugaard has supported and fostered a pro-biotechnology environment, including increased funding efforts for early- and growth-stage companies, said Joni Johnson, executive director of South Dakota Biotech.

“Gov. Daugaard has always been a pro-business advocate for initiatives that support the unique needs of our state’s early-stage companies,” she said. “We thank him for his support, both in his current leadership position and through his 22 years of service to citizens of South Dakota.”

Daugaard receives biotech Lifetime Champion Award

The international BIO organization has presented Gov. Dennis Daugaard with its Lifetime Champion Award in recognition of his leadership and commitment to strengthening biotechnology.

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