Author Archive: Jim Greenwood

Jim Greenwood

Jim joined BIO as President & CEO in 2005 after representing the eighth district of Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives for six terms.  He had worked with BIO while in Congress on stem cell research and other health issues, and has since learned so much about the many applications of the science in food and agriculture and in industrial and environmental biotechnology.

Due to its revolutionary research and development in issues ranging from feeding the world by increasing crop yields to healing the world with new medicines to providing cleaner sources of energy, Jim is a passionate champion for biotechnology. When visiting member companies, he is inspired by executives and scientists who are united in their mission to help patients, farmers and other consumers lead a better life.

Prior to Congress, Jim served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Pennsylvania Senate for six years each.  He and his wife Tina live in historic Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania (where he has participated in the re-enactment of George Washington crossing the Delaware River on Christmas Day in 1776). He enjoys fishing, birding and scuba diving.

You can find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jamescgreenwood.

Latest Posts

Wall Street Journal Highlights Promising Gene Therapy Advances

Jim Greenwood

Yesterday, bluebird bio reported some very uplifting news at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology. Two patients with beta-thalassemia, a genetic disorder which normally requires regular blood transfusions, have been able to forgo transfusions for at least five months following a gene therapy treatment from bluebird. The Wall Street Journal’s Ron Winslow reports: Bluebird bio’s treatment involves extracting blood stem cells from a patient, treating them with a functioning version of the defective Read More >

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San Francisco Chronicle: High Drug Co-Pays Deny Needed Treatments

Jim Greenwood

Today, the San Francisco Chronicle published an op-ed that I wrote on the importance of ensuring access to treatments for debilitating diseases that are saving millions of patients from pain and possible death. Patients rightly expect their health insurance plan to cover the best medicines based on their unique needs, at an out-of-pocket cost that makes these therapies accessible. Insurance companies and their allies, seeking to deflect blame for increased premiums at a time of Read More >

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Welcome to San Diego!

Jim Greenwood

Welcome to the 2014 BIO International Convention. It has been an exciting and important year for our industry. Since we last met, we have seen record IPOs, important new approvals, exciting scientific advances and hard fought policy victories in Washington, DC and the states. But we all know that accomplishments don’t just happen by luck. They are the result of decades of hard work, long hours and repeated setbacks. So while it’s important to celebrate Read More >

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BIO and Biominas Brasil to Co-Host 2014 BIO Latin America Conference

Jim Greenwood

I am excited to announce that BIO will co-host a new conference event, BIO Latin America, taking place September 9-11, 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  We recently entered into an agreement with Biominas Brasil, a not-for- profit institution dedicated to life sciences in the region, to build on the successful BioPartnering Latin America event held by Biominas the past four years.  This new international conference for BIO will complement our global portfolio of industry events. The decision Read More >

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Biotech Investors, Emerging Companies Bullish On 2014

Jim Greenwood

The 16th BIO CEO & Investor Conference is off to a great start. This event has truly grown into a must attend for emerging companies and investors. This year, we have more than 1,300 participants, including more than 850 investors. In addition, we have helped to set up more than 1,700 partnering meetings for participants over the course of the conference. Our world-class partnering system, and the opportunity to hear from key industry leaders, is Read More >

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