21st Century Cures
Chairman Fred Upton & Rep. Diana DeGette Unveil “21st Century Cures” Initiative
Last week, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) announced the launch of 21st Century Cures, a Committee initiative to accelerate the pace of medical breakthroughs and cures by modernizing federal research and regulatory policies. This week, the Energy & Commerce Committee convened in Washington, D.C. the first of a series of roundtable discussions with top policy makers on this landmark initiative. Over the next several months, the committee will work with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with private sector stakeholders — including CHI and our members — to identify existing barriers to advancing biomedical innovation and to modernize research and regulatory frameworks to better accommodate new science and technologies and bring these discoveries to patients sooner.
CHI worked directly with the Chairman and the Energy & Commerce Committee staff as they prepared to launch the initiative, and we’ve been invited to convene a group of CHI members, comprised of leaders from the biomedical and life sciences innovation sector, to engage directly with the chairman and his partnering colleagues in the coming weeks to consider our views and ideas for more quickly advancing biomedical innovation from discovery into therapies and technologies that will benefit patient health.
To join CHI and participate in this and other exciting efforts to shape public policy on important issues facing California’s biomedical innovation sector, contact Molly Ingraham, CHI’s Vice President of Business Development (Ingraham@chi.org or 858-456-8884).
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