July 21, 2010
Statement of Gregory T. Lucier, United for Medical Research spokesperson and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Life Technologies
WASHINGTON – “On behalf of United for Medical Research (UMR), a coalition of leading research institutions, patient and health advocates and private industry, I applaud Chairman Obey and the House Appropriations Subcommittee for their approval of $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) FY2011 budget. Today’s markup provides a significant step forward toward increased investment in life-saving and economy-boosting medical research funding.
“NIH funds are not just a vital tool in our pursuit to reduce the burden of disease and its associated health care costs, but also yield essential dividends in our states and communities – from job creation and industry growth to better quality of life for millions of patients and families.
“On behalf of UMR, I commend Chairman Obey’s leadership and the appropriations subcommittee action and urge Congress to continue moving forward and secure a significant funding increase for the NIH.