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United for Medical Research Applauds 21st Century Cures Draft Bill; Provides $10 Billion Increase to NIH

April 29, 2015

The following statement may be attributed to Jennifer Poulakidas, co-President, United for Medical Research:

“United for Medical Research applauds the updated 21st Century Cures discussion draft, which authorizes a mandatory $10 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health, and the bipartisan leadership that led to this outcome. The proposed $10 billion increase over five years will help put the NIH on a sustainable growth path and ensure the United States remains the world’s medical innovation leader. We are grateful for the leadership of Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) and the tremendous effort that they and the other members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have committed to the process of developing meaningful legislation on NIH funding and policy.

“United for Medical Research looks forward to continuing to work with the Energy and Commerce Committee and others in Congress on this initiative and to ensuring that funding is broadly applied to the full scope of NIH research activities. We hope that, together, we can achieve the goal of more cures and therapies through increased NIH funding.”

United for Medical Research is a coalition of leading research institutions, patient advocates, medical professional organizations, and biomedical companies united in support of robust funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Learn more at