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Senator Joe Boncore was recognized last week by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio) as its “2020 Legislator of the Year.” The award, given annually at MassBio’s Policy Leadership Breakfast, recognizes legislators who not only have been strong advocates for patients and the life sciences industry but who also take the time to understand complex public policy proposals and their impact on patients and the industry.
“I am grateful for my partnership with MassBio, and our shared mission to improve outcomes for patients,” said Senator Joe Boncore (D-Winthrop). “These industries, many of which are based in my district, have been working tirelessly to provide hope in the face crisis by developing COVID-19 vaccines. As we continue to work towards recovery from this public health crisis and move into a post-COVID world, I look forward to collaborating with MassBio on new opportunities to support patients across Massachusetts.”
Robert K. Coughlin, Outgoing CEO of MassBio said, “A patient advocate from the day he joined the Legislature, Senator Boncore has consistently advocated for policies that help patients and has supported measures that ensure the life sciences industry continues to thrive across Massachusetts.”
Senator Boncore was also recognized for his leadership as the Senate Chair of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Caucus, where he has advanced legislation to ensure patient access to breakthrough cures and therapies.