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Coalition of Leaders in Science and Research Commend Obama Administration for Commitment to Medical Innovation During 'First 100 Days'
Date:4/29/2009

As the U.S. confronts a potential pandemic disease, the Council for American Medical Innovation says President is on track, urges Congress to support innovation agenda

WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the United States confronts the possibility of the first flu pandemic in more than 50 years, the Council for American Medical Innovation today commended President Obama for his commitment to medical innovation since taking office 100 days ago.

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"The Swine Flu outbreak has re-awakened America to the urgency of medical progress - but the President has been supporting medical progress since day one," said former Congressman Richard Gephardt, President of the Council. "He should be applauded for his foresight on this issue."

President Obama has already set significant goals for U.S. investment in medical innovation. On Monday, he told the National Academies of Science, "I am here today to set this goal: we will devote more than three percent of our GDP to research and development. We will not just meet, but we will exceed the level achieved at the height of the Space Race, through policies that invest in basic and applied research, create new incentives for private innovation, promote breakthroughs in energy and medicine, and improve education in math and science."

Since taking office, President Obama has created the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, challenged America's research community to find a cure for cancer, opened new doors for discovery through stem cell research, allocated millions of economic stimulus dollars for basic research, and committed to improving science and m
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