UW-Madison Professor Timothy Donohue is calling for Senate leaders to form policies that invest in the biotech and biohealth industries.

“The country, its citizens, and society will benefit from bold, inter-agency investments in securing U.S. leadership in the bioeconomy,” said Timothy Donohue, director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at UW-Madison.

Donohue testified yesterday before the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather. The hearing examined the federal government’s role in these segments of the economy and related research.

“We need a lot of inter-agency coordination because this initiative will reach across all of the obvious players,” said Donohue.

He pointed to the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, but didn’t specify which agency should take the lead.

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