U.S. Invests $9.3 Billion in Research to Improve Health Globally

Eight Percent of U.S. Health Research Spending Goes to Global Health
Thursday, October 4, 2007

ASPEN, COOctober 4, 2007Public and private sources in the U.S. invested $9.3 billion last year in global health research, according to a new report by Research!America. That amount represents 8% of the $116 billion that Research!America estimates U.S. sources spent overall on health research in 2006.

Mary Woolley, Research!America's president, announced the report's findings at the Aspen Health Forum today in Colorado.

"From Research!America polls, we know Americans think that investing in global health research is the smart thing to do for America and the right thing to do for the world," she said. "This report reinforces the direction Americans want, to place a higher priority on research to fight and prevent diseases that chiefly affect the world's poorest people."

The report calculates 2006 U.S. investment in research designed to address health conditions that primarily affect the poorest residents of low- and middle-income countries. Funding sources from three sectors-government, industry and foundations-were as follows:

  • U.S. government:
    • National Institutes of Health - nearly $5 billion
    • U.S. Agency for International Development - $152 million
    • Department of Defense - $64 million
    • Department of State - $39 million
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - $32 million
  • Pharmaceutical and biotech companies - nearly $3.5 billion for research, exclusive of donations of materials, facilities or expertise for global health needs
  • Private foundations - $592 million

"Only with strong, sustained investment in health and medical research can we address the humanitarian, economic and national security concerns within and beyond our borders," said The Honorable John Edward Porter, Research!America board chair and former U.S. Congressman. "Our nation must ramp up investment in global health research to help prevent the emergence and spread of diseases that could endanger American children and families."

About the Report
Research!America compiled the data for this report in consultation with the federal agencies cited, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the Foundation Center and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This report represents Research!America's second estimate of the nation's investment in global health research.

For the past decade, Research!America has tracked and analyzed funding sources that comprise the nation's investment in health research. In August, a separate Research!America report found that U.S. overall spending last year on health research was approximately $116 billion and grew a modest 4.2% from 2005 to 2006, much slower than the 6.8% growth in U.S. health costs.

About Research!America
Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. Its 500 member organizations represent the voices of more than 125 million Americans. To read the global health R&D report, visit www.researchamerica.org.

Ms. Woolley is available for further comment.

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