NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has received the Champion of Life Science Award from Life Science Tennessee for his work to “create more high-tech jobs, commercialize more technology and make a difference in the overall health of Tennesseans and people throughout the globe.” The coveted award was presented to Norris at the group’s annual conference in Nashville on Wednesday.
“Your support of companies and organizations such as St. Jude, Memphis Bioworks, UTHSC, the vast medical device industry in Memphis, as well as your support advocating for better health care, and capital formation programs for Tennessee’s emerging technologies has made a difference and allowed the life science industry to grow in Tennessee over the past several years,” said Life Science Tennessee Executive Director, Abby Trotter, in a letter to Norris announcing the award.
Norris serves on the Tennessee Workforce Development Board, and is a Director of Launch TN and the Memphis Research Consortium.
Life Science Tennessee is a statewide, non-profit, member organization whose mission is to advance and grow the life science industry in Tennessee through advocacy, partnerships and alignment with economic and workforce development. Members include companies, universities, research institutions, government and economic development groups, and other industry associations involved in discovery and application of life sciences products and related services to improve the health and well-being of people throughout the world.
“I am very honored to receive this award from this distinguished group,” said Senator Norris. “The Life Sciences are vital to economic development, entrepreneurship and well being in Tennessee. I’m proud to be a part of it.”