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.

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Latest Posts

One Health Day


Today, in recognition of One Health Day, I shared my thoughts with The Hill’s Congress Blog about the importance of recognizing the inextricable links between human health and the health of animals and the environment we share: For centuries, humans have shared a bond with animals unlike any other – one so strong that it has been scientifically shown to improve the emotional and mental health of people who spend time with nature’s magnificent creatures. Here Read More >

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Biotech Takes Aim at Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

We’ve come a long way in our national fight to beat breast cancer.  Since the 1980s, the mortality rate has fallen by a third due to more effective medicines and an increased focus on prevention, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and with proper treatment, the average 10-year survival rate for breast cancer is now 83 percent. But as Will Rogers famously observed, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you Read More >

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BIO Launches New Video Explaining How The Cost of Your Medicine is Really Determined


Today, much of the public debate surrounding the cost of biopharmaceuticals is focused on the list price of an individual drug or treatment regimen. However, the list price is not what a manufacturer generally makes on the drug, and it typically has little to do with what a patient has to pay for his or her medicine. To help put this debate into context, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is releasing a new educational video Read More >

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Talking About Mental Illness: A Conversation That Can Save a Life


People living with mental illness and clinical depression often suffer in silence without receiving the care they need. They may feel alone, ashamed, or hopeless, and they may fear that giving voice to these feelings means they will be misunderstood, unfairly judged, or perceived as a burden. Only 25 percent of those with a mental illness feel others are sympathetic to their condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Society’s negative stereotypes about mental Read More >

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Insurers and Hospital Industry Caught Spreading More “False Alarms”


Yet again, Big Insurance and its allies have been caught making claims that are just not true. It began with an op-ed from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) President Marilyn Tavenner and American Hospital Association President (AHA) Rick Pollack in The Hill trying to blame others for ever-increasing  insurance premiums. Next, they tried to suggest drug costs are to blame for skyrocketing hospital costs. The study was funded by both the American Hospital Association and Read More >

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