On January 1, 2020, President Trump proclaimed January 2020 as National Biotechnology Month.
Presidential Message on National Biotechnology Month
During National Biotechnology Month, we recognize the enormous potential of biotechnology to improve people’s lives here in the United States and around the world. Its applications hold boundless possibilities for economic growth, national security, healthcare, manufacturing, and agriculture. Using biotechnology, we can develop new ways to treat cancer, manufacture medicines, generate plastics, and provide America’s farmers and ranchers the tools they need to help feed, fuel, and clothe the world’s growing population, which is expected to surpass 9 billion by 2050.
The United States has made remarkable advances in this critical technology over the past two decades thanks to our unique research and innovation, harnessing the strengths of the private sector, academia, and government. The American spirit of discovery has emboldened scientific pioneers across sectors to integrate biology with an amazing diversity of other fields, from manufacturing to computer science, driving biotechnology forward.
As the field continues to develop, the biotechnology industry already improves lives through its substantial economic contribution. Biotechnology has stimulated the creation and growth of small businesses, generated new jobs, and encouraged agricultural, medical, and industrial innovation. Advances in biotechnology are benefiting Americans in every corner of our Nation, from urban centers to rural communities. For every one job in biotechnology, nearly two more jobs are created in other sectors across rural America.