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Chicago's Top Minds Join National Business and Health Leaders in Addressing Medical Innovation, Highlighting Policies Needed to Maintain U.S. Competitiveness in Medical Science and Discovery
Date:4/15/2009

Richard Gephardt and the Council for American Medical Innovation Host "Best and Brightest Forum on Medical Innovation" in Chicago, featuring David Brennan, CEO of AstraZeneca, David Miller, President and CEO of iBIO, academics and patient advocates

CHICAGO, April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today in Chicago, the "Best and Brightest Forum on Medical Innovation" convened local and national leaders in academia, biotechnology and patient advocacy to address the importance of medical innovation in America. Richard Gephardt, former majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, moderated the forum, which was hosted by the Council for American Medical Innovation, a coalition of leaders in research, medicine, public health, academia, education, labor, and business, working in partnership toward a national policy agenda aimed at preserving U.S. leadership in medical innovation.

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"Medical innovation has an enormous impact on the health and economy of the United States, and is a growing part of the economy in Illinois," said Gephardt. "Yet America's lead in science and technology is starting to slip. We need to act now by laying a strong foundation with intelligent policies that will preserve our leadership in medical innovation and allow science and medical discovery to flourish today, tomorrow, and into the future."

Medical innovation is an important source of employment and output in Illinois, where the biopharmaceutical sector supported a total of 181,788 jobs and $37.9 billion in output in 2006, according to a new study conducted by Archstone Consulting and Dr. Lawton R. Burns, Director, The Wharton Center for Health Management and Econo
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