So I wasn’t aware that January is National Biotechnology Month, though it was apparently designated as such back in the 1990’s. Nonetheless, the White House released a statement in recognition of the designation.
Here’s the parts that stood out to me:
The United States has made remarkable advances in this critical technology over the past two decades thanks to our unique research and innovation, harnessing the strengths of the private sector, academia, and government. The American spirit of discovery has emboldened scientific pioneers across sectors to integrate biology with an amazing diversity of other fields, from manufacturing to computer science, driving biotechnology forward.
As the field continues to develop, the biotechnology industry already improves lives through its substantial economic contribution. Biotechnology has stimulated the creation and growth of small businesses, generated new jobs, and encouraged agricultural, medical, and industrial innovation. Advances in biotechnology are benefiting Americans in every corner of our Nation, from urban centers to rural communities. For every one job in biotechnology, nearly two more jobs are created in other sectors across rural America.
As we mark the start of National Biotechnology Month and a new decade of American ingenuity, we recognize the importance of American leadership in maintaining science- and risk-based review and regulation of biotechnology products, promoting and safeguarding critical biotechnology infrastructure and data, and preparing the next generation of biotechnology scientists, engineers, and innovators. Together, we can ensure this booming, innovative industry continues to foster economic growth and American innovation.
The statement also reflects on the Trump Administration’s efforts to reduce the regulatory red tape for approving new genetically modified crops. You can read the full statement here.