Puerto Rico Governor Receives BIO 2006 Governor of Year Award

April 8 2006

Governor Acevedo-Vila has led a dramatic transformation in Puerto Rico that has expanded the Island's pharmaceutical manufacturing sector while generating new growth in Puerto Rico's biotechnology and life sciences industrial base.  Puerto Rico is now one of the world's leading biotech hubs, with major corporations committing more than $3 billion in investment and training programs in recent years.

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is undergoing a dramatic and prosperous transformation as a biotechnology hub, led by Governor Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá and Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce Jorge Silva Puras.  For his efforts, Governor Acevedo-Vilá is being recognized as the BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) 2006 Governor of the Year.

Puerto Rico, already the world’s largest pharmaceutical exporter and third-largest biotechnology manufacturer, now stands on the cutting edge of biotechnology research and development, drawing corporate investment of more than three billion dollars in Puerto Rico since 2000.  Governor Acevedo-Vilá and Secretary Silva have made the life sciences a policy priority, creating new jobs for Puerto Ricans while providing a home for the next generation of discovery in the life sciences.

Governor Acevedo-Vilá was selected by the industry’s trade association for his dedication to supporting biotechnology initiatives and promoting the public’s health and well-being.

CONTACT:        Ana Carrion, Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration – 202.955.8449

Rob DeRocker, Development Counselors International – 917.658.4653

Michael Hartt, Edelman – 202.326.1707

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