CMTA participates in Life Sciences Day at State Capitol

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 16, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On March 16, 2005, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) joined with industry leaders in biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biomedical research for the California Life Sciences Day at the State Capitol.

Led by the California Health Institute (CHI), attendees were able to meet with legislators and state government officials to press for policies that will allow the world’s leading biotechnology community to continue to grow and enhance its status as the global leader in biomedical development.

"California Life Sciences Day is an opportunity for the state’s biotechnology community to have a direct dialogue with policymakers on important issues such as ensuring that all Californians benefit from our products, that our business climate is hospitable to research, development and manufacturing and that our educational institutions receive the funding they need for continued innovation and training the biotechnology workforce," said David Gollaher, president and CEO of the CHI.

Specifically, the biomedical community identified their list of "top priorities" that would assist further growth in the industry:

•Patient Access
•Medi-Cal Reform
•Preserving the R&D Tax Credit
•Academic Funding

CMTA is committed to preserving and expanding California’s biomedical industry now and into the future. It’s imperative that our elected officials create an environment that will promote investment and innovation.
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