AZBio Trailblazers 2014

Date(s) - 11 Dec 2014
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Join AZBio, Members of the Arizona Business and Bioscience Community and Guests for a special luncheon to honor members of the Arizona Legislature and State and Local Elected Officials who have made it possible for the Arizona Bioscience Industry to gain national recognition, build capital infrastructure, and take its place as a leader in both scientific discovery and job growth.


The AZBio Trailblazer Awards

and Legislative Appreciation Luncheon

 Trailblazer-2012Each year, AZBio looks back across the legislative session to identify those leaders whose actions and active engagement support the growth of Arizona’s life science and healthcare industry and help to ensure the people of Arizona benefit from its success.  Scores are then tallied and the top ten legislative leaders are named the year’s Trailblazers.

The Arizona BioIndustry Association (AZBio) will honor 11 Arizona Legislators on December 11, 2014 for their service to the community and for championing research, education, innovation, the growth of Arizona’s bioscience sector and ensuring that Arizona patients benefit from life science innovation.  The honorees will be recognized by the leaders of Arizona’s bioscience and healthcare community at the 2014 AZBio Trailblazer Awards during a special appreciation luncheon for members, elected officials and legislators featuring a special keynote by the Honorable James C. Greenwood, President and CEO for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

“Arizona’s bioscience sector is leading the way both in advancing science and in job creation” shared AZBio President and CEO, Joan Koerber-Walker.  “While our leading educational, research, and industry partners are making it happen on the front lines, we rely on the support of our legislators and elected officials to clear the path for growth with a commitment to quality education, scientific discovery, and a business environment where companies are attracted to Arizona, created in Arizona and most importantly choose to stay and grow here.”

Over the last ten years, Arizona built major research facilities at its universities, formed new private research institutes, attracted top talent, created high-tech business incubators, and greatly expanded statewide STEM (science, technology, education, math) education programs.  The number of Arizona bioscience industry jobs grew by 45 percent, nearly four times greater than the nation.

There are six industry segments that comprise the biosciences in Arizona: agricultural feedstock and chemicals; drugs, pharmaceuticals, and diagnostics; medical devices and equipment; research, testing, and medical labs; bioscience-related distribution; and hospitals.  A 2014 economic-impact analysis by Battelle estimates the total revenue generated annually by Arizona’s bioscience industry—not counting hospitals—to be $14 billion.  With hospitals included, the figure exceeds $36 billion.

Each year, AZBio shares with the community the key factors that lead to growth in this vital economic sector.  The 2014 Trailblazer honorees were selected based on their engagement with the bioscience community as well as committee and voting records on key issues that shape the key bioscience growth factors.

The 2014 AZBio Trailblazer Honorees are:

  • Speaker of the House Andy Tobin (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Representative Debbie McCune Davis (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Representative Eric Meyer (2014)
  • Representative Heather Carter (2011,2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Representative Jeff Dial (2013, 2014)
  • Representative Kate Brophy McGee (2014)
  • Representative Lela Alston (2014)
  • Senator Adam Driggs  (2014)
  • Senator Bob Worsley (2013, 2014)
  • Senator Kimberly Yee (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Senator Steve Pierce (2013, 2014)

For a look back at the 2013 Trailblazer Awards, Click Here.

For a look back at the 2012 Trailblazer Awards, Click Here.

For a look back at the 2011 Trailblazer Awards, Click Here.

Event Details

Date:  Thursday, December 11, 2014

Location:  Phoenix Country Club 2901 N 7th Street Phoenix Arizona 85014


11:00   Registration and Networking

11:30   Program Begins

11:40  Awards Presentation

12:00 Lunch Break

12:15: Special Keynote Address –

The Honorable James C. Greenwood
President and CEO
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

1:00     Event Concludes


Legislators. Public Servants  and Elected Officials:     Complimentary

Register-Now-ButtonAZBio Members and Partners:               $50.00 before 11/15  $75.00 after 11/15

Non Members:                                            $75.00 before 11/15  $100.00 after 11/15

Hosted Table:  9 tickets + VIP Guest      $500.00 before 11/15  $750.00 after 11/15


The Honorable James C. Greenwood

About Our Speaker:

James C. Greenwood is President and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in Washington, D.C., which represents more than 1,200 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the annual BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. Since his appointment in January of 2005, he has markedly enhanced the trade association’s capacity – increasing both its staff and budget by nearly fifty percent. BIO is now a world class advocacy organization playing a leading role in shaping public policy on a variety of fronts critical to the success of the biotechnology industry at the state and national levels as well as internationally. Mr. Greenwood represented Pennsylvania’s Eighth District in the U.S. House of Representatives from January 1993 through January 2005. A senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, he was widely viewed as a leader on health care and the environment. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Greenwood served as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation with oversight authority over issues in the full Committee’s vast jurisdiction.

Opportunities for Support:

  • Leadership Sponsor:  $10,00
    • (includes Table, Full Page ad, On-Stage for award presentations and photos with all legislator honorees, recognition on screen and in program)
  • Gold $5,000
    • (includes Table, Full Page ad, recognition on screen and in program)
  • Silver $2,500
    • (includes Table, Half Page ad, recognition on screen and in Program)
  • Copper $1,000
    • (includes Table, Recognition on screen and in Program)

Note:  Ads must be received by 11/30.2014 to be included in the program.  

AZBio is able to support these efforts thanks to the support of our community.

To sign up for support, click the registration link and pay online or request a invoice.