Statement by Research!America on House Passage of 21st Century Cures Act

Research!America

Bipartisan passage of the 21st Century Cures Act is a victory for patients and their loved ones – and that ultimately means all of us.  Medical advances deliver profoundly important returns; preventing illness, restoring health, and saving lives from one generation to the next.  The economic returns are also substantial with the development of new therapies and medical devices to maintain our nation’s competitive edge in science and technology. Increased funding for the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration will support the important work of these agencies in finding and advancing solutions to diseases that continually try to outsmart us. We are tremendously grateful to Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) for devoting themselves so fully to this cause, and to the members from both sides of the aisle who approved this bill with such a strong bipartisan majority.  We urge the Senate to embrace this opportunity to transform medical innovation, and bring about the kind of progress that helps our nation and its people thrive. 

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If concerted, long-term investments in research are not made, America will lose an entire generation of young scientists.
Brenda Canine, PhD; McLaughlin Research Institute, Montana