The release of the 21st Century Cures discussion draft represents a promising opportunity for passing meaningful legislation on National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and policy. We applaud the leadership of Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in seeking to accelerate advancements and innovations in medicine to more swiftly reach millions of patients awaiting new treatments and cures. Medical research funding has stalled over the past decade and, as such, the pace of discovery has suffered. The 21st Century Cures initiative will help restart its engine and ensure the U.S. keeps its title of world leader in medical innovation.
United for Medical Research looks forward to continuing to work with the Energy and Commerce Committee on this initiative and hopes together we can achieve the goal of investing in the future of medical research by providing NIH with the increased funding necessary for its lifesaving mission. – Carrie Wolinetz, PhD, President, United for Medical Research