James C. Greenwood Elected to Fox Chase Cancer Center Board of Directors
PHILADELPHIA (June 13, 2005) -- Former Pennsylvania Congressman James C. Greenwood recently was elected to Fox Chase Cancer Center's board of directors. Greenwood will serve on the board's extramural activities committee.
Greenwood is president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in Washington, D.C. BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and 31 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of health-care, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.
"Jim brings a tremendous wealth of experience in the area of biotechnology," said William J. Avery, chairman of Fox Chase's board of directors. "Fox Chase Cancer Center plays a critical role in the continuum of biosciences and technology transfer in the region. Jim's knowledge in this industry will help guide Fox Chase to maintain its robust contributions."
Greenwood represented Pennsylvania's Eighth District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 through 2004. As a leader on health-care issues, he was the author of numerous health-related bills signed into law, including legislation to promote pediatric labeling for pharmaceuticals, reform review and approval of medical devices, and expand research and establish innovative programs to address traumatic brain injury. His legislation to reform medical liability insurance passed the House several times but stalled in the Senate.
From 2001 to 2004, Greenwood served as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation with oversight authority over all issues in the full Committee's vast jurisdiction. He held hearings on topics ranging from bioterrorism to corporate governance and the safety of nuclear power plants.
Prior to his election to Congress, Greenwood served six years in the Pennsylvania General Assembly (1980-1986) and six years in the Pennsylvania Senate (1986-1993). He specialized in health, environment and children's issues.
Greenwood graduated from Dickinson College in 1973 with a B.A. in Social Work. From 1977 until 1980, he worked as a social worker with abused and neglected children at the Bucks County Children and Youth Social Service Agency.
Greenwood resides in Erwinna, Pa., with his wife and three children.
Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).