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Most New Jersey residents see global health as critical to state's economy
Date:2/16/2011

WASHINGTONFebruary 16, 2011Despite the unpredictable economy, nearly three-quarters (73%) of New Jersey residents think spending money on research to improve health globally is important to jobs and incomes in the state, according to a new statewide poll commissioned by Research!America. The poll data will be released today at a meeting in Washington, DC, of prominent global health research and development (R&D) experts and New Jersey business, academia and nonprofit leaders. This is part of a six-state effort by Research!America.

According to the poll, most of the New Jersey population (94%) thinks it is important for their state to be a leader in health R&D, and in fact, the state is currently third in the country for total investment in this area. New Jersey is home to 17 of the world's 20 largest pharmaceuticals, medical technology and diagnostic companies. These companies contributed nearly $30 billion to the state's economy and accounted for more than 55,000 New Jersey jobs in medicine, research, public health and education in 2009 alone. They also are providing solutions for some of the world's deadliest infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and dengue fever.

Former Congressman and Research!America Chair John Edward Porter said, "Global health research is one of New Jersey's best investments, in which the state's private sector plays a leading role. On the other hand, New Jersey is ranked 11th in population but is 18th in peer-reviewed federal research grants, which provide the basis on which private industry builds much of its applied research and its products. This is a growth opportunity for New Jersey. I urge the state's leaders to further strengthen their commitment to global health R&D in New Jersey."

Porter added, "Working to treat and prevent disease around the world not only fuels our economy and creates jobs here, but also allows some of the world's best minds to come together here to enrich ou
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Contact: Eva Maciejewski
emaciejewski@researchamerica.org
571-482-2712
Research!America
Source:Eurekalert

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