Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Event Spotlight: CHI Hosts Annual Reception and Hill Meetings in Washington, D.C.

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton accepts CHI Chairman's Award from CHI President and CEO David Gollaher, Ph.D., and CHI Chairman and Gen-Probe CEO Carl Hull.
CHI honored House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) with the CHI Chairman’s Award during a reception May 9 in Washington, D.C., at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Guests at the reception and private dinner enjoyed an evening with the California delegation and leaders driving biomedical innovation at the event, called “Invest. Innovate. Compete.” During the dinner, Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-San Diego) expressed his support for the biomedical community and stressed the importance of bringing life-saving cures to patients in need.

Prior to the event, CHI board members participated in meetings on Capitol Hill to discuss the impact of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and user fee reauthorizations, the importance of National Institutes of Health funding, and the significance of the California life sciences community to continued innovation and job creation. Meetings were held with Energy and Commerce Committee members including: Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Carlsbad), Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Atherton), Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA), and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI). Other member meetings included Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) and key legislative staff at the Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Over the course of the day, one message was repeatedly conveyed: the important and successful role of CHI in communicating and contextualizing the importance of consistent, predictable and efficient FDA regulatory processes to continued biomedical research, investment and innovation in our state.

Also that day, CHI released a report on FDA with respect to the agency’s approval of drugs and biologics, building on our earlier study, Competitiveness and Regulation: The FDA and the Future of America’s Biomedical Industry (2011). The report, Managing Priorities: Therapeutic Area Variation in FDA Drug Regulation, presents new data that illustrate important differences in FDA performance from one therapeutic area to another and examines misalignment between regulation and public health needs. It comes as Congress considers critical legislation that would renew and expand fees paid by drug and medical-device companies to help fund the FDA. Current legislation allowing the FDA to collect fees from drug and medical-device companies expires Sept. 30.

Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News highlighted the report’s findings in a recent article and The Burrill Report featured a one-on-one interview between CHI CEO David L. Gollaher, Ph.D., and Burrill’s Daniel Levine.

CHI-Advancing California biomedical research and innovation

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