Committee Members Take 21st Century Cures From Coast to Coast

July 28, 2014

The 21st Century Cures initiative has been a collaborative effort from the start. Through a series of four white papers and a number of hearings and roundtables already, the committee has sought ideas from individuals and groups all across the country. Members look forward to continuing the 21st Century Cures initiative in their districts with roundtables and events over the coming weeks. Committee member and House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) writes for Forbes that, “as a Congress, we will ensure – with your ideas, big and small – that we can take medical advancement into the 21st century. This goal is not political or partisan. It is personal. Medical innovation affects everyone…”

Committee member Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) also recently announced his office is asking for input from his New Jersey constituents: “To do this right we need first-hand experience and testimony from people who fight this battle every day.” NJ.com reported, “Lance is asking constituents from New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional District to email in their ideas, suggestions or questions on the initiative to NJ07cures@mail.house.gov. These ideas will then be researched and incorporated into a report Lance will present to the Committee.”

Join the effort by emailing cures@mail.house.gov, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and join the conversation using #Path2Cures.

July 28, 2014

The Noblest Cause Of Our Time: Saving Lives

By Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

Seven years ago, just hours after giving birth to our son Cole, I learned how a single diagnosis can change your whole life. How two simple words – Down syndrome – are associated with lifelong complications and heart defects and Leukemia and even early Alzheimer’s. But in that moment, when Cole was taken away for surgery and we reeled from the lifetime of uncertainty that suddenly lay before us, I learned firsthand how scientific advancement saves lives.

While breakthroughs in medicine and technology have given hope to Cole and so many millions like him – whether they have Down syndrome or Autism or cancer – we still have a long way to go to remain the world leader in innovation. …It is one of the greatest and noblest causes of our time: to commit ourselves, as a country and a Congress, to saving lives.

That is why, as part of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, we have launched the 21st Century Cures initiative, whose mission is to expedite the discovery, development, and delivery of new and innovative treatments to patients everywhere. We need to leverage technological advances to rethink how we conduct research and break down outdated administrative and procedural hurdles. We are committed to reducing the time and complexity of clinical trials so Americans have the best, most effective treatments right here at home.…

While America has taken the lead for many decades in the field of biomedical research – especially in early discovery – our leadership role is being threatened by other countries, whose research is sustained by both public and private contributions… Our 21st Century Cures initiative explores how we can best achieve that. It examines how other countries incentivize investors, how public-private partnerships improve the discovery process, and how we can streamline the approval process to bring therapies to market more quickly. And as a Congress, we will ensure – with your ideas, big and small – that we can take medical advancement into the 21st century.

This goal is not political or partisan. It is personal. Medical innovation affects everyone: the man whose Alzheimer’s Disease has robbed him of his memory, the child who gives himself insulin shots before school every morning, or the woman who goes to the doctor because she found a lump on her right breast. We owe it to them to chart this course.

With the right policies and regulations, the opportunities for American medical advancement and scientific innovation are boundless. Every day, in laboratories all across the country, new treatments are being discovered and new life-saving drugs are being developed. Let’s make sure they’re produced and approved expeditiously. Let’s make sure innovative treatments for cancer and asthma and heart disease aren’t hindered by exorbitant costs. And let’s make sure that an ineffective regulatory framework doesn’t stand in the way of saving people’s lives. So that when we accompany our aging parents to the doctor, or help those we love endure chronic diseases, or receive diagnoses we never expected, we will still be filled with hope for all the possibilities that lie ahead.

Read the full article online here.

July 28, 2014

Lance announces new initiative to accelerate the pace of medical breakthroughs

Congressman Leonard Lance today, July 25, announced his office is welcoming constituent testimony and comment on a major initiative launched by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The 21st Century Cures Initiative seeks to accelerate the pace of cures by exploring advancements in technology, the role of federal programming, regulation and research and how best to contribute to medical breakthroughs.

“Remarkable advancements in technology and innovation are transforming health care in the 21st century and presenting an excellent opportunity to advance new cures and treatments. Many young people will see cures in their lifetime for some of today’s greatest public health challenges. To help get there, the 21st Century Cures Initiative is – for the first time – taking a comprehensive look at the full arc of accelerating cures. To do this right we need first-hand experience and testimony from people who fight this battle every day,” said Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. “We need the ideas and contributions from patients, health care professionals, innovators and those advocating for a loved one.”

Lance is asking constituents from New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional District to email in their ideas, suggestions or questions on the initiative to NJ07cures@mail.house.gov. These ideas will then be researched and incorporated into a report Lance will present to the Committee.

“New Jersey has always been on the forefront of scientific advancement and medical innovation. If we want to save lives, tackle these major challenges together and keep New Jersey and the United States as an innovation capital then we need all the good ideas we can get,” concluded Lance. 

Read the article online here.

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