Heavy on general policy but short on specifics, California Gov. Jerry Brown addressed the first statewide biotech industry conference Friday.
It was a marked departure from the administration of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who largely ignored public acknowledgement of the state’s biotech sector.
In the San Francisco CalBio 2012 meeting -- sponsored by the Northern California biomed trade group BayBio and BIOCOM, its Southern California counterpart -- Brown said that during his previous stint as governor from 1975 to 1983 he vetoed legislation that would have restricted the work of Genentech Inc. and the young biotech industry.