Governor Holden has addressed the opening session of the Missouri Life Sciences Research Committee, telling the panel of the importance of the life sciences to the state’s future, and calling on members to make wise recommendations when suggesting actions that should be taken by the state in this area. The panel will come up with ideas for spending $21.5-Million of money from the national tobacco settlement. They will then forward those recommendations to the Governor. The Governor says the life sciences will strengthen Missouri’s economy through high wage jobs and industry growth they create. He adds they can lead to tremendous advancements in the prevention and treatment of diseases such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and AIDS.