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Life Sciences Day on the Hill

February 14, 2020 in Public Policy by Denise Bell

Utah’s vibrant life sciences industry was on full display yesterday as part of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s “Industry Day on the Hill”. The event, held at the state capitol, provided legislators the opportunity to interact one-on-one with company exhibitors from the aerospace, life sciences and tech industries. Representing the life sciences sector were DiscGenics, Epitel, Fresenius, ProLung, Turner Imaging Systems, and Stryker. 

“These companies are just a sampling of the enterprises, large and small, that are producing life-changing technologies, treatments and therapies for patients with serious disease” said Kelvyn Cullimore, president and CEO of BioUtah.

Lt. Governor Spencer Cox personally visited with a number of the companies that exhibited to learn more about the important work they do. “Many people do not realize just how successful the life sciences industry is here in Utah,” he said. “The state is full of companies that are leading the world in innovation and advancement. We couldn’t be more proud of the work they are doing to not only fuel the economy, but to also improve the lives of countless people.”

The state’s life sciences industry accounts for over 130,000 jobs at above average wages, and contributes more than $13 billion in GDP. However, it’s the healthcare gains behind the economic data that are even more compelling.