Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette Hosts Roundtable Discussion with Experts on Personalized Medicine

Jul 23, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-01) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (MI-06) hosted a roundtable discussion with leading experts on personalized medicine and its potential to shape our nation’s health care system. 

In her opening remarks, Rep. DeGette stated, “We know that many advancements in science and technology have been made that can lead to more successful developments of treatments and cures. As we learn more about the science, we can target potential treatments and cures more effectively on impacted populations.” 

Rep. DeGette joined Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton to launch 21st Century Cures, a new initiative that aims to accelerate the pace of cures and medical breakthroughs in the United States.

The 21st Century Cures Initiative is engaging the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other agencies, as well as the nation’s patients and scientific pioneers in academia and industry.  Since the initiative was launched, the Committee on Energy and Commerce has conducted six hearings and three roundtables with leading experts. The following white papers  have also been released as part of the initiative’s extensive efforts:
 
21st Century Cures: A Call to Action (May 1, 2014)
21st Century Cures: An Update on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology 2012 Report on Propelling Innovation (May 12, 2014),
21st Century Cures: Patients (May 16, 2014),
21st Century Cures: Digital Health Care (June 17, 2014)
 
More information about the 21st Century Cures Initiative can be found here.