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Experts Outline Challenges to Translational Research in the United States at a Capitol Hill Briefing, Emphasizing the Importance of Bringing Medical Innovation from 'Bench to Bedside'
Date:9/17/2009

ures. Yet there is a growing shortfall of U.S. patients participating in clinical trials. Industry research reports only 6% of eligible patients in the U.S. actually participate in clinical trials. As a result, 87% of trials in the U.S. are behind in their recruitment and enrollment.

Simultaneously, the rate at which U.S. innovators have been able to bring new drugs from the research pipeline into the market has slowed considerably. According to a GAO Report, the number of new drug applications submitted to the FDA each year increased by 74% between 1993 and 1999 (from 74 applications to 129 applications), but then generally declined after 1999. In 2004, applications to the FDA had decreased by 21% from the 1999 level.

The Council for American Medical Innovation came together this year, its members sharing a common goal of adopting and promoting a national policy agenda aimed at preserving U.S. leadership in medical innovation. As part of its national agenda, the Council is advocating for policy improvements that will increase incentives for investment in research, development and its application, and increase investment in the life sciences - including:

  • Developing a robust infrastructure that makes translational research a top priority.
  • Supporting regulatory reforms that can improve the process of developing and approving safe and effective drugs, biologics, medical devices and diagnostics.
  • Increasing federal budgets, especially at the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, to significantly increase basic and translational research programs in the life sciences.

"The Council for American Medical Innovation believes that supporting medical innovation - including translational research - will not only make us healthier, but will also help lift the U.S. economy," said Former Democratic Leader R
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