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

My Keynote Address at the 2016 BIO International Convention

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Yesterday, the voters of California had their say. The general election is upon us. It’s Clinton vs. Trump. Fasten your seat belts, folks. This election is going to be fascinating, but it’s not going to be pretty. Today, we turn to politics, and more specifically, the intersection between politics and policy. In a few minutes, we’ll hear from three Washington veterans. They’ll preview a race for the White House that figures to be unlike anything Read More >

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Californians Must Reject Scare Tactics, Stand Together In Support Of Innovation

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This week, the BIO International Convention kicks off in San Francisco. As BIO’s President and CEO, I’m proud to bring this annual event to the Bay Area and talk about biopharmaceutical’s advances in innovation and bringing cures to those afflicted with disease. Before the campaign season arrives, it’s time to set the record straight about the value of prescription drugs and why insurance companies are demanding that you pay more out of pocket. Voters in Read More >

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A Closer Look at AHIP’s Claims

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This morning, in a letter to the editor of the New York Times, Marilyn Tavenner, President and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), attempted to lay the blame for higher healthcare costs and insurance premiums at the feet of America’s cutting-edge biopharma companies. AHIP has been peddling these falsehoods and misinformation for years.  Tavenner’s (and her organization’s) claims are—at best—uninformed. At worst, they are outright distortions deployed to hide the facts from patients who Read More >

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The New Biotechnology Innovation Organization

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At BIO, new discoveries in research and development are constantly being made by our members. We take pride in the contributions they have made across a diverse range of biotechnology industries, including: healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental. As one of the world’s strongest catalysts for innovation, our role within the biotechnology community requires us to reflect on who we are, what we do and how we can better serve our members in future. Biotechnology scientists Read More >

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Wall Street Journal: Patients Deserve Better

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In case you missed it, The Wall Street Journal published my Letter to the Editor this morning.  I make the point that the problem isn’t innovative new treatments from America’s biopharma industry but rather the complex web of health-insurance schemes patients must navigate to access needed medicines. Here is the text of the letter: “Innovative treatments and cures have radically transformed how we treat disease—saving and improving lives and providing tremendous benefits to patients and Read More >

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