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Georgia residents: Investment in global health research is vital to state's economy
Date:6/29/2011

WASHINGTONJune 29, 2011Nearly three-quarters (74%) of Georgia residents think spending money on research to improve health globally is important for economic development in Georgia, according to a new statewide poll commissioned by Research!America.

Eighty-one percent say global health is an issue about which Georgia residents should be concerned, and Georgians place a very high value on their state's leadership in research to improve health here and around the world: 96% say it is important for Georgia to be a leader in health research and development, and 81% say their state already is a leader in this area. Bioscience is one of the state's fastest-growing industries; from 2001 to 2005, the number of Georgia bioscience firms grew by 38%, versus 13% in other industries.

Georgians also recognize the importance of advancing global health R&D through public-private collaboration, such as product development partnerships: 92% think the different types of institutions conducting global health research in the U.S. should work together to develop new treatments and cures. The Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) is an important asset to the state in this regard, bringing together Georgia's research universities, business community and state government to create opportunities to grow Georgia's economy through scientific discovery.

Research!America's chair, former Congressman John Edward Porter, said: "Global health research is one of Georgia's greatest investments. It creates growth and partnership opportunities among Georgia's universities, businesses and public sector stakeholdersincluding the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionthat fuel the state's economy, all the while helping to improve health for Georgians and people everywhere."

Porter added, "While Georgia ranks ninth in population, it ranks just 15th in federal R&D funding. There is tremendous potential to grow the R&D enterprise in Georgia for the sake of jobs, econo
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Contact: Eva Maciejewski
emaciejewski@researchamerica.org
571-482-2712
Research!America
Source:Eurekalert

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