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On January 17, 2002, Governor Perry announced the formation of a Council on Science and Biotechnology Development. In his remarks he stated, “Now is the time to prepare for what one of the world's most successful entrepreneurs - Larry Ellison of Oracle - referred to as the ‘next big thing’ – biotechnology." Mr. Ellison recently said, "If I were 21 years old, I wouldn't go into computing; I'd go into biotech or genetic engineering.’”


Dr. Robert C. Giles, Executive Director of Operations and Research and Development for Orchid BioSciences, stated, in support of The University of Texas at Dallas' M.S. in Biotechnology Program, “Having run a laboratory in the Dallas area for the last 15 years, I am well aware of the shortage of qualified Master’s level applicants with biotechnology training. It is my opinion that a well-developed program in this area will not only help meet the needs of the emerging biotechnology business sector in the DFW area, but will actually encourage the influx of new opportunities for biotech start-ups … .”