BIO Applauds Advancement of H.R. 3299
Washington, D.C. (July 14, 2016) – Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood released the following statement today regarding yesterday’s passage by the House Energy and Commerce Committee of H.R. 3299, the Strengthening Public Health Emergency Response Act of 2016:
“BIO applauds yesterday’s broad, bipartisan vote by the House Energy & Commerce Committee to advance H.R. 3299, the Strengthening Public Health Emergency Response Act of 2016. If enacted, this bill would take substantial steps to address the many barriers which exist to developing medical countermeasures needed for protection against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats as well as naturally-occurring infectious diseases such as Zika virus and pandemic influenza.
“The bill’s establishment of a Priority Review Voucher (PRV) program for material threat medical countermeasures is a particularly important provision which will help spur investment in the research and development of such products.
“We applaud Representatives Brooks and Eshoo, as well as Chairman Upton, for their leadership in advancing this vital legislation.”
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