House Passes ’21st Century Cures’ Bill Today

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Capitol HillToday, a bi-partisan bill called the “21st Century Cures,” which would add $8.5 billion of funding to the NIH’s budget, passed by a 344-77 vote in the House.

The bill seeks to “accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of life saving and life improving therapies, and transforms the quest for faster cures by:

  1. Removing barriers to increased research collaboration;
  2. Incorporating the patient perspective into the drug development and regulatory review process.
  3. Measuring success and identifying diseases earlier through personalized medicine.
  4. Modernizing clinical trials.
  5. Removing regulatory uncertainty for the development of new medical apps
  6. Providing new incentives for the development of drugs for rare diseases.
  7. Helping the entire biomedical ecosystem coordinate more efficiently to find faster cures.
  8. Investing in 21st century science and next generation investigators.”

More information about the bill is available at http://energycommerce.house.gov/cures.

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