INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) named Representative Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09) 2018 Legislator of the Year. The award is presented annually to legislative leaders who demonstrate a strong commitment to public health policy and service to Indiana’s health science business community.
“The availability and effectiveness of a cure is what stands between life and death. For generations, the United Sates has led the world in biotechnology innovation, successfully pushing limits to find cures to some of the deadliest diseases,” said Representative Hollingsworth. “Our country’s laws should allow for continued innovation and research for these cures, not prevent new ideas from potentially saving lives.”
“Representative Hollingsworth has been a strong proponent of Indiana’s bioscience industry”, said Kristin Jones, President and CEO of IHIF. “We applaud his support of the Fostering Innovation Act which provides financial management tools that can considerably aid young bioscience companies here in Indiana and nationwide. He has also actively connected with life science companies in his district and shown a deep understanding of the challenges facing companies in the industry.”
Rep. Hollingsworth was also recognized in 2018 as one of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)’s “Innovators in Biotechnology” for his efforts to embrace the value of biotechnology and promote public policies to unleash the potential of life-saving innovations. BIO gives this award to Members of Congress who have been collaborative partners, advocates, and champions for the biotechnology and life sciences industries.
In the 115th Congress, Rep. Hollingsworth introduced the Fostering Innovation Act (H.R. 1645) to ensure costly regulations don’t stand in the way of successful and lifesaving biopharmaceutical research.