To kick off the start of National Clinical Trials Awareness Week, on Monday, May 4, We Work For Health Pennsylvania hosted a Research in Your Backyard (RIYB) roundtable discussion with Congressman Patrick Meehan, who represents Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district.
The event, which took place at Accenture Life Sciences outside Philadelphia, PA, included representatives from PhRMA, Pennsylvania BIO, TransCelerate BioPharma Inc., Vencore Health Analytics, Quality Data Services and the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation. It included a discussion about the clinical trial research footprint in the state and a new RIYB report detailing the number of trials in the state over the last decade.
Following the event, Congressman Meehan issued a press release in which he stated:
“Expanding clinical trials in our area will strengthen Pennsylvania’s position at the forefront of lifesaving medical research and give residents access to groundbreaking new medications. It means more jobs and more investment in our regional economy.”
We couldn’t agree more with Congressman Meehan.
Biopharmaceutical research companies have conducted 6,323 clinical trials in collaboration with local research institutions since 2004 in Pennsylvania, and 1,051 of those trials are still open and recruiting patients.
Furthermore, the biopharmaceutical research industry has supported 212,000 jobs and helped generate $51.7 billion in economic activity in Pennsylvania, according to a 2011 study conducted by the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice.
For more about the event, check out this Storify to view the resulting tweets and photos.
Priscilla VanderVeer Priscilla VanderVeer Priscilla VanderVeer is a vice president, public affairs, at PhRMA. Ms. VanderVeer has more than 15 years of experience communicating important health care issues to a wide variety of audiences, including medical, health and patient advocates; policymakers and opinion-leaders; and the general public. At PhRMA, Ms. VanderVeer leads the development and execution of communications strategies and activities for the organization’s key state advocacy priorities. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband, Ken and their two dogs: Bea Arthur, a tiny 5 lb. Maltese and Henry, a slightly larger-than-average Yorkshire Terrier.