Senator Nelson Honored For Life Science Support

May 5, 2010

Senator Jane Nelson received the 2010 Luminary Award from the Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute (THBI) recognizing her dedication to the life science industry at the third annual THBI Luminary Dinner in Austin.

"I am honored to receive this award and appreciate the Institute's efforts to promote Texas as a biomedical research corridor," said Senator Nelson, R-Flower Mound.

THBI is the leading voice of the Texas life science industry with the mission to research, develop, and advocate policies and actions that promote biomedical science, biotechnology, agriculture and medical device innovation in Texas.

Senator Nelson and Representative McCall have been critical to the success of the biotechnology and life science industries in Texas. Senator Nelson is currently serving her 9th term in the Texas Senate. She chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and holds a seat on the powerful budget-setting Senate Finance Committee. With these two appointments alone, Senator Nelson is able to vastly impact the state’s healthcare system and academic research institutions. She received the American Cancer Society’s 2008 National Distinguished Advocacy Award, among numerous others.

The 2010 Luminary Dinner was attended by members of the legislature, higher education leaders from across the State, and life science and healthcare industry leaders. Dr. Brett Giroir, Vice Chancellor for Research at Texas A&M University, served as keynote speaker for the evening.

The Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute promotes broad understanding, support, and interest in biomedical research and manufacturing.