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BIO Commends NIH On New Stem Cell Research Guidelines

June 06, 2017

The Biotechnology Industry Organization released the following statement in response to the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) final guidelines on federal funding of stem cell research, which includes embryonic stem cell research. The new guidelines go into effect today.

These comments can be attributed to Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO.

"We commend the NIH for recognizing the importance of stem cell research to develop innovative biotechnology medicines to treat and cure debilitating and life-threatening diseases, such as diabetes, Parkinson's and spinal cord injuries.

"These guidelines allow for federal funding to support this research, which is critical for enabling biotechnology companies to continue to aggressively develop innovative products that are so desperately needed by patients. We believe that research on both adult and embryonic stem cells holds great promise to produce new therapies and possibly cures for the millions of patients in the U.S. and around the world suffering from cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, spinal cord injuries and other life-threatening diseases and conditions.

"We applaud President Obama for taking the first major step by issuing an Executive Order on March 9th overturning restrictions placed on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to develop public policies that enable our industry to turn the hope of basic research to the reality of cures and advanced therapies."

The guidelines can be viewed here.

Biotechnology Industry Organization