Wednesday, August 12, 2009

FasterCures Joins Council for American Medical Innovation

Council for American Medical Innovation Welcomes Newest Partners, The AIDS Institute and FasterCures
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council for American Medical Innovation is pleased to announce its new partnership with The AIDS Institute, one of the country's foremost champions for HIV/AIDS research and education, and FasterCures, a non-profit organization that accelerates the development of scientific research into new medical cures and treatments. Margaret Anderson, Chief Operating Officer of FasterCures has also joined the Council's advisory board.

"The AIDS Institute and FasterCures have tirelessly championed medical innovation by building public and political support for the research and funding necessary to develop new medical treatments and technologies," said Debra Lappin, president of the Council for American Medical Innovation. "Their efforts underscore the Council's mission to call on Congress to adopt public policies that spur medical innovation and put cures within patients' reach."

Beginning as a grassroots advocacy effort in the late 1980s, The AIDS Institute has expanded to become a leading national public policy research, advocacy and education agency. The AIDS Institute has offices in Washington, DC and Tampa, FL at the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine at the University of South Florida, College of Medicine. The AIDS Institute is focused on HIV/AIDS work and incorporates work on related health care issues such as Hepatitis, as well as other infectious and chronic diseases.
FasterCures is a non-profit "action tank" formed under the auspices of the Milken Institute with a mission to identify and implement global solutions to accelerate the process of discovery and clinical development of new therapies for the treatment of deadly and debilitating diseases.

The new partners join seventeen other organizations in the Council for American Medical Innovation, including: AdvaMed, ALS Association, American Society for Radiation Oncology, American Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Nursing, Association of American Universities, Association of Clinical Research Organizations, Cleveland Clinic, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, National Health Council, National Organization for Rare Disorders, National Venture Capital Association, Parkinson's Action Network, Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), RetireSafe, and Whitman-Walker Clinic.

About the Council for American Medical Innovation
The United States faces serious challenges to maintaining its leadership position in innovation. The Council for American Medical Innovation is bringing together leaders in research, medicine, public health, academia, education, labor, and business, who are working in partnership toward a national policy agenda aimed at preserving U.S. leadership in medical innovation. American medical innovators create millions of high-paying jobs, and their discoveries are integral in the fight to cure cancer and other illnesses. The Council for American Medical Innovation views leadership in medical innovation as a key part of America's economic recovery, future prosperity and health.

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