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Updated – Sibelius Senate Hearing: Interesting Bits from Prepared Testimony

Update from the NY Times:

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas appeared Thursday to be headed for confirmation as health and human services secretary, but several Republican senators objected to an immediate vote, so the Senate is unlikely to take up the nomination until later this month.

Following our initial posts on Sibelius and her Ag Secretary in Kansas, we thought we’d pull out some interesting bits from HHS Secretary-elect Sibelius’ testimony this week. Read on after the jump…

Obama, Sebelius and Drug Importation

The President’s Budget released last week highlighted President Obama’s support for importing cheaper drugs from Canada (pdf).  The Washington Post writes that Governor and HHS Secretary-elect Kathleen Sebelius was successful in having Kansas join a multistate consortium that allowed Kansans to order prescription drugs from Canada, Britain and Ireland, often at a lower price than in the United States. As a result of Obama’s proposal, drug companies took a hit on the markets last week.

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Sibelius for HHS. Sibelius for Biotech?

The official announcement came today that Sibelius has accepted the HHS nomination.  Dani posted last week about Sibelius’ support for the Kansas Economic Growth Act, which provided $500 million in support for biotechnology in the state.  Also of note is this story (scroll down to the 3rd headline) about her Agriculture Secretary, Adrian Polansky, who also appears popular in the biotech community:

He received the 2007 BIO State Executive of the Year Award by the Biotechnology Industry Organization.  Polansky along with KTEC, and the Junction City/Geary County Economic Development Council, received the 2007 “Governor’s Cup in the Biosciences” the state’s top award for collaboration in bioscience industry development.

Since Polansky is chairman of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture biotechnology task force and is an ex officio member of the USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture, I guess he and Sibelius will run into each other from time to time in DC.

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Sibelius and Biotech

Yes, we have all heard the rumors about Kansas Governor Kathleen Sibelius as the next HHS Secretary. How will the potential Secretary Sibelus impact the biotechnology industry? In her first term, Sibelius signed into law the Kansas Economic Growth Act, which was seen as a way to boost Kansas’ biotechnology industry. The Act allocated $500 million in research and investment capital over the next 10 years.

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