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Richard Gephardt Joins Leading Innovators in Washington State to Call for Greater Focus on Policies to Boost Economy and Maintain U.S. Competitiveness in Medical Science and Innovation
Date:9/21/2009

nessed to help the region achieve economic recovery. Additionally, Seattle is home to numerous innovative companies and institutions, such as Microsoft, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Amazon.com, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the University of Washington.

Panelists participating in today's forum included:

  • Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington
  • Nancy Dapper, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Association, Western and Central Washington Chapter
  • Carole Heath, Ph.D., Director, Process and Product Development, Amgen
  • Elaine Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • Bob Nelsen, Managing Director and Co-founder, ARCH Venture Partners
  • Chris Rivera, President, Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association

The panel members discussed specific policy changes that are needed to create a healthy environment for innovation and discovery - including policies that can attract companies and well-paying jobs to the region, promote risk-taking in research and development, encourage more students to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, attract the best and brightest researchers, and support basic scientific research and development.

"At an economic time like this, we have to do everything we can to foster and support innovation," said Chris Rivera, President of the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, representing hundreds of Washington biotechnology and medical device companies. "The life sciences are a source of high-paying jobs for our state. Medical innovation is the right sector to focus on to bring Washington state out of this recession."

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