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New Jersey's Best and Brightest Minds Discuss Challenges Facing Medical Innovation, Call for Policies to Preserve U.S. Leadership in Research and Development
Date:12/1/2009

investment in research, development and its application. We need to give innovators and investors tangible encouragement to take the kinds of risks that are necessary to have big medical breakthroughs. Outdated policies in this area must be improved."

Gephardt also emphasized how science education, and the research and discovery that comes out of it, needs to be the backbone of the nation's overall economic strategy. "As a country we need to encourage more students to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, attract the best and brightest researchers to our universities, and support basic scientific research and development."

Panelists participating in today's forum included top minds in academia, industry, and patient advocacy:

  • Bob Franks, President of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey
  • Kathy Ahearn O'Brien, Executive Director of the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation
  • Linda Brown, Director of Business Development at PAREXEL International
  • John F. Crowley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amicus Therapeutics
  • David Knowlton, President and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute
  • Donald H. Sebastian, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Research and Development and Interim Provost of the New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Wise Young, M.D., Ph.D., Professor II of Cell Biology & Neuroscience at Rutgers University, and Director of the W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience/The Spinal Cord Injury Project at Nelson Labs

The Council for American Medical Innovation is a national coalition of leaders in research, medicine, public health, academia, education, labor, and business, who have joined together to urge policymakers to adopt a national policy agenda aimed at preserving U.S. leadership in medical innovation. The Council for Ameri
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