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Council for American Medical Innovation and The Aspen Institute Bring Leaders Together In Washington, D.C., To Discuss The Economic Impact Of Medical Science and Discovery, and Policies Needed To Maintain U.S. Leadership at 'Best And Brightest Forum On Me

WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

    WHAT:  United States leadership in medical innovation is at risk.  A
           recent study found that the U.S. currently ranks sixth among 40
           countries and regions in innovation and competitiveness, and it
           placed last in terms of progress made over the last decade.  The
           Best & Brightest Forum on Medical Innovation: Achieving Recovery
           through Discovery is bringing together leading policymakers,
           academic scholars, researchers, patient advocates, biotechnology
           industry representatives and other stakeholders for in-depth
           discussions on topics including:  Why medical innovation is a
           key to economic recovery; why new policies are needed to
           stimulate medical innovation and cure cancer and other
           life-threatening diseases; and why advocating for U.S.
           leadership in medical innovation in today's political landscape
           is so important.

    WHO:   Moderated by: Paul Begala, CNN political contributor, and
           research professor at Georgetown University's Public Policy

           - The Honorable Arlen Specter, United States Senator
           - Dick Gephardt, Former House Majority Leader and President of the
             Council for American Medical Innovation
           - Billy Tauzin, President and CEO, Pharmaceutical Research and
             Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
           - Mary Woolley, President, Research!America
           - Alicia Loffler, Ph.D., Director and Clinical Professor of
             Biotechnology, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern
           - Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Vice Chancellor of Research, The Texas A&M
             University System

           *Richard Gephardt and other panelists (TBD) will be available for
            media interviews between 9:00am and 9:30am.  Please contact
            Laura Lowery, 206-799-5604 to secure an interview.

    WHERE: Newseum, Knight Conference Center, 7th Floor (Enter at the
           6th Street Exit), 555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington,
           D.C., 20001

    WHEN:  Friday, June 12, 2009
           9:30 am - 1 pm

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About the Council for American Medical Innovation

The United States faces serious challenges to maintaining its leadership position in innovation. The Council for American Medical Innovation is bringing together leaders in research, medicine, public health, academia, education, labor, and business, who are working in partnership toward a national policy agenda aimed at preserving U.S. leadership in medical innovation. American medical innovators create millions of high-paying jobs, and their discoveries are integral in the fight to cure cancer and other illnesses. The Council for American Medical Innovation views leadership in medical innovation as a key part of America's economic recovery, future prosperity and health.

For more information on the Council for American Medical Innovation, visit

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