The briefing featured remarks from NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and the panelists discussed the progress of the Human Genome Project. . At the briefing, UMR and Battelle released an updated report, “The Impact of Genomics on the U.S. Economy,” a follow-up to the original May 2011 report. The original report detailed the impact of the federal investment in the Human Genome Project between 1988 and 2010. The update highlights the significant dividends leveraged from the government’s investment in genomics through 2012.
The panel discussion focused on how the new genomics industry has continued to thrive, improving public health, fueling economic output, creating jobs and personal income, and other social benefits despite the economic recession. Panelists included Eric Green, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute; Martin Grueber, co-author of the Human Genome Report; Greg Lucier, Chairman and CEO of Life Technologies; Carrie Wolinetz, President of United for Medical Research; Ada Hamosh, Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Ian Lock; a cancer survivor.
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