Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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21st Century Cures

A Bipartisan Law to Accelerate the Pace of Cures and Medical Breakthroughs in the 21st Century

I joined Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) to launch 21st Century Cures, a new initiative that aims to accelerate the pace of cures and medical breakthroughs in the United States. The legislation became law in December of 2016 and will help America maintain its place as the health care innovation capital of the world. Follow the law's progress here

Health research moves at a rapid pace, but the federal drug and device approval process is in many ways a relic of another era. Our nation has dedicated scientists and bold leaders at agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but when our laws don’t keep pace with innovation, we risk falling behind.

That is why, for the first time ever, Chairman Upton and I took a comprehensive look at what steps we could take to accelerate the pace of cures in America. This bipartisan effort took a broad look at the full arc of the process – from the discovery of clues in basic science, to streamlining the drug and device development process, to unleashing the power of digital medicine and social media at the treatment level.

We sought the input of a number of experts including thought leaders from the Administration, academia, research, and industry to dig deep into how we can effectively and efficiently tackle some of the more complex challenges in medicine. 

Learn more about 21st Century Cures and how you can contribute to the conversation below.

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