On June 28, New Jersey Lt Governor Kim Guadagno, Tracye McDaniel, president and CEO of Choose New Jersey and Dr. Jay Tischfield, CEO, Rutgers University Cell & DNA Repository, meet with investors and tout New Jersey’s life-sciences industries at the world’s largest biotechnology event, the 2011 BIO International Convention.

The Jersey Shore delegation will showcase financial incentive programs that assist both major corporations and emerging healthcare companies which have a proven track record in investment attraction and job creation.

“New Jersey offers unparalleled opportunities for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device businesses. Raising awareness of these assets – like access to capital and to one of the best-educated and highly-skilled workforces in the country – is instrumental in our efforts to attract and retain companies in the state,” said Tracye McDaniel, president and CEO of Choose New Jersey. “The considerable concentration of life-science businesses in New Jersey and recent investments from major corporations are a testament to what the region has to offer.”

• Meanwhile, in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry is touting Austin as an emerging biotech hub, as he is fending off charges of favoritism in awarding grants

• The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced its selection of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn as Governor of the Year in recognition of his leadership and support of the biosciences industry… and … Rhode Island is developing a biotech hub… Maryland is bringin home the bacon, from China…  And Alabama is building in a biotech research park. Have you hugged your bioscientist today?

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