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Advancing Medical Innovation for a Healthier America

KEYWORDS: BILL FRIST, LAMAR ALEXANDER, JANET MARCHIBRODA, SENATE HELP COMMITTEE, 21ST CENTURY CURES

WHEN: Monday, July 27, 2015 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: Hart Senate Office Building (Room SH-902), Constitution Avenue NE & First Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002

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While the U.S. has been a leader in scientific discovery and medical innovation, diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and many others lack effective treatments. Additionally, it takes more than ten years and approximately $2 billion to bring a new drug to market. Efforts are underway to address this process.

Early this year, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Ranking Member Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) kicked off an initiative to advance American leadership in medical innovation. This is occurring as the House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) and Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) advance the 21st Century Cures Act.

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Committee Member Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and 21st Century Cures Initiative Co-Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) shared their insights on medical innovation. Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who chairs BPC’s medical innovation effort with former Representative Bart Gordon, also held a discussion, along with advisory committee members, on BPC’s new recommendations for accelerating the development and delivery of safe and effective medical products to patients.

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Advancing Medical Innovation for a Healthier America


Keynote remarks by:

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
@GOPHELP

Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)
U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
@SenBennetCO

Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO)
Co-Chair, 21st Century Cures Initiative
@RepDianaDeGette

Panel discussion with:

Senator Bill Frist
Former Senate Majority Leader
Co-Chair, FDA: Advancing Medical Innovation, BPC
@bfrist

Representative Bart Gordon (D-TN)
Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Co-Chair, FDA: Advancing Medical Innovation, BPC

Marc Boutin
Chief Executive Officer, National Health Council
@NHCouncil

Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Advanced Health
@solvehealthcare

Moderated by:

Janet Marchibroda
Director, Health Innovation Initiative, BPC
@BPC_Bipartisan

This event was planned in accordance with the widely-attended event exception to congressional gift rules and government ethics memoranda.