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Governor Corbett Visits Life Science Employers in the Southeast, Holds Town Hall with Employees
Date:7/17/2013

DOWNINGTOWN and KING-OF-PRUSSIA, Pa., July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today held town halls with the employees of two growing life science companies in southeastern Pennsylvania, ViroPharma and CSL Behring.

The governor viewed expansion plans at each company and conducted a question and answer session on a wide range of issues from the recently passed budget to his policies to grow and maintain our life science industry in Pennsylvania. 

"The life sciences industry continues to be a key economic driver that is not only advancing global health, but providing thousands of high-paying jobs for our citizens," Corbett said. "By supporting the growth of the industry – from helping entrepreneurs transform ideas into commercial products to supporting the establishment and expansion of biotech companies – we are ensuring the biotech economy will continue to grow and flourish in Pennsylvania."

The Life Sciences are a $40 billion industry and currently employ more than 79,000 Pennsylvanians.

In April, Corbett was honored by the Biotechnology Industry Organization with its 2013 Governor of the Year Award in recognition of his leadership and commitment to strengthening the state's biotechnology and public health sectors.

In 2011, Corbett assembled a Life Sciences Leadership Advisory Council, with representation from the state legislature, the administration, academia, industry and the investment community, to develop a 10-year strategic plan to strengthen the industry. The enacted 2013-14 budget addresses key recommendations of the council to enhance the industry's strength and to facilitate future job creation.

"You'll notice that I've placed a lot of importance on getting a balanced budget that encourages private-sector job growth, passed on time," Corbett said. "There's a g
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