The General and the Congressman

Today’s keynote addresses were uplifting, inspiring – and humorous. BIO President & CEO Jim Greenwood was the first to take the stage, noting the common purpose that drew people from around the globe to this conference: “We believe that biotechnology will transform the world.” Greenwood’s passion for the industry is clear and genuine, and I am proud he is leading our association as we work to heal, fuel and feed the planet. Gen. Colin Powell did not disappoint either, but was there any doubt? What I didn’t expect from a general and a former secretary of state was his sense of humor. The man truly is funny! Got to love a man who references TIME magazine’s poll on aging gracefully – noting that he came in #2 behind Paul Newman but ahead of Robert Redford and exclaims, “Yes!” with a big, sheepish grin on his face.

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