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U.S. Leadership in Medical Innovation Depends on Education and Immigration Policy, Say Experts at Capitol Hill Briefing on 'Education & Immigration: Building Blocks of Innovation'
Date:9/10/2009

Council for American Medical Innovation Brings Together Political Leaders, Educators and Policy Experts at First in a Series of Briefings About Achieving "Recovery Through Discovery"

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Immigration and education policy experts gathered on Capitol Hill today to address the impact of policies related to U.S. medical innovation. The briefing, titled Education & Immigration: The Building Blocks of Innovation, was sponsored by the Council for American Medical Innovation as the first in a three-part series, Recovery Through Discovery, which examines medical innovation as a driver of U.S. economic recovery and enhanced global leadership in science.

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"Education and immigration are among the most fundamental policy areas related to maintaining U.S. leadership in science and discovery," said Debra Lappin, president of the Council for American Medical Innovation. "Training the next generation of scientists is an important part of our economic recovery, as is attracting and retaining talented innovators from around the world. The Council for American Medical Innovation is committed to understanding and supporting education and immigration policies that will keep the wheels of innovation turning, and keep the U.S. competitive."

There is a "reverse brain drain" happening in United States medical innovation. Skilled scientists, engineers, doctors and researchers are being turned away by U.S. immigration policies. They are among the more than one million skilled immigrant workers who are competing for 120,000 permanent U.S. resident visas each year, creating a sizeable imbalance and a situation where skilled workers ret
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