CLSA Applauds Advancement of 21st Century Cures Initiative

Draft legislation boosts biomedical research funding, modernizes life sciences innovation ecosystem

SAN DIEGO – April 29, 2015 – Sara Radcliffe, president & CEO of the California Healthcare Institute (CHI), a non-profit representing more than 275 leading life sciences organizations, issued the following statement regarding the 21st Century Cures draft legislation released by the House Energy & Commerce Committee today:

“CHI applauds Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) for leading this bipartisan, thoughtful approach to spurring scientific discovery that will provide hope for patients and their families while also protecting jobs and America’s leadership role in healthcare innovation.

“The 21st Century Cures draft legislation represents a critical step forward for ensuring that California and the nation remain the leader in worldwide life sciences innovation. We applaud the inclusion of meaningful funding increases and reforms that will bolster federal research efforts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and important proposals to modernize regulatory and payment mechanisms to ensure enhanced development of and access to needed medicines and technologies for the future.
“As life sciences innovators, we look forward to continuing our work with Chairman Upton, Congresswoman DeGette, bipartisan members of the Committee, House Leadership, and our congressional delegation to advance this proposal into transformative legislation that will propel biomedical innovation and benefit patients in the U.S. and around the world for many years to come.”

A complete section-by-section summary of the discussion draft is available here.

A one-page summary is available here.

About CHI-California Healthcare Institute
CHI represents more than 275 leading biotechnology, medical device, diagnostics and pharmaceutical companies, and public and private academic biomedical research organizations. CHI’s mission is to advance biomedical research, investment and innovation through effective advocacy of policies to improve public health and ensure continued vitality of the life sciences sector. CHI’s website is Follow us on Twitter @calhealthcare, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Will Zasadny
Manager – Communications, California Healthcare Institute
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