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United for Medical Research Lauds Passage of 21st Century Cures Act

December 7, 2016

The following statement from United for Medical Research can be attributed to UMR President David Pugach:

Dec. 7 – “United for Medical Research commends the Senate and the House for their overwhelming and bipartisan passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, and we look forward to President Obama’s swift enactment of this landmark bill.

“The 21st Century Cures Act will make a difference in the life of every American. By providing important funding for the National Institutes of Health that goes beyond the annual appropriations process, this legislation provides a critical boost to an agency that was flat-funded for more than a decade. NIH research fuels the pipeline of discovery and innovation necessary to prevent, treat and cure our most vexing diseases. NIH research also has a significant economic impact, supporting more than 350,000 jobs across the United States and contributing some $60 billion annually in economic activity.

“UMR commends the leadership of Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray and Representatives Fred Upton and Diana DeGette for forging this legislation and working tirelessly for its passage.”

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United for Medical Research is a coalition of leading research scientific research institutions and industries, and patient and health advocates that have joined together to seek steady increases in funding for the National Institutes of Health. Learn more at For examples of the amazing things that NIH research is making possible,